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Goa’s wish list for a  better transport system

Goa’s wish list for a better transport system

In Goa locals and tourists choose buses and private vehicles to travel within the state due to reasonable prices and good connectivity. Yet there are various complaints from the general public demanding for better transport facilities and management in the state. NT BUZZ spoke to daily commuters and locals to suggest ways by which the transport system and infrastructure in the state can be improved

NT BUZZ

 

Need of the hour: Better management

People generally avoid public transport and use their personal vehicles because nobody has the time to waste. Public buses are usually packed with people who do not obey rules. Seats reserved for senior citizens, disabled people and ladies are usually occupied by none of the above. To improve public transport in Goa the government can have frequent hop-on hop-off buses for the public that can be tracked via GPS and also provide WiFi. There should be predetermined parking or offloading spaces for heavy vehicles so as to avoid double parking in the city, and they shouldn’t be allowed in the city at peak hours. There should be enough traffic policemen to ensure drivers and riders stick to their lanes.”

-Vivek Naiyan, dentist, Panaji

I think introducing auto rickshaws or cabs that run on metres would help. Public transport needs to be cleaner and could perhaps have free WiFi, particularly in buses. There should also be a streamlined ticketing system implemented for public transport. Traffic can be avoided at strategic points by designating police who can handle the situation better; there could be more traffic lights placed and maybe some cameras too.”

-Erin Anderson, Hospitality, Mapusa

The bus woes

The transport system in Goa can be better if certain changes are made. Firstly, the conditions of public buses need to be improved. They need to properly maintain them and then keep a check on old buses. Also, there is a need to install proper bus stops and not allow buses to stop anywhere and create chaos. Also people should make use of local trains.”

-Pawel Da Costa, Nuvem, Service

Proper planning on road

There should be more two wheeler lanes to avoid bottle necks on the road. The government should promote public transport and improve the standards of the roads. Introducing cycling routes to the market or bus stands could also work.”

-Ashutosh Parvatker, Service, Porvorim

Introducing modern
technology

Transportation has been a major issue in Goa for a number of years. We have seen neighbouring states and competing tourist destinations adopt changes by leaps and bounds to ease the movement for the valued tourist. In a world disrupted by technology, the Goa government must wholeheartedly adopt and infuse technology-led innovation across sectors. If this means partnering with the private sector then we must do so. But technology is not the only answer; local policy and infrastructure support must be given to see it through. Basic facilities like public buses are the face of our transportation system, I am sure we can do better than the present situation. Things cannot be taken for granted in a small state like Goa, where last year one person died every day in a road accident.”

-Shervin Lobo, businessman, Calangute

There should be an app for all modes of public transport which show the timings and the routes, saving us a lot of time and avoiding confusion. In Mumbai, there is an app called UTS which informs people of the local train timings. All buses should start with a ‘bus pass’ feature which will save the inconvenience of carrying change. People avoid buses as it gets overcrowded and thus more buses should be added so people can travel comfortably. Public transport is a good measure to conserve energy; if everyone realises this then there will be less vehicles on the road which will lead to less traffic and one will reach his destination faster.”

-Alyssa Martins, student, Varca

To create a better public transport system we need rapid change in the regulatory reforms enabling the mass usage of radio taxis. Goa being a tourist destination needs user-friendly and implementable public transport systems which are economically viable and consumer centric. Goa has a good network of roads and there are a few points where congestions are high as the tourist only follow GPS. We can do our part to avoid those points during peak traffic hours. Areas where construction is underway should be made one-way streets with proper traffic policemen deployed to manage traffic. Some lanes should be made out of bounds for any busses or commercial vehicles.”

-Manu Anand, career counsellor, Panaji

Standard pricing and ticketing

The Government buses on all roads should have regular ticket prices and there should also be metered auto rickshaws. These are the differences I’ve noticed between Bangalore and Goa. For auto rickshaws particularly I pay around 50-70 rupees in Bangalore for a ride that would cost at least 150 in Goa.”

-Rebecca Ferrao, student, Varca

What can we do?

We need a major overhaul of the public transport system, of course in a step by step manner. To start with, travelling via local transportation should be enjoyable. A clean bus stand and clean buses will attract more people to use its facilities. Bus services should extent till 10.30 p.m. so that commuters have an option to travel, especially for those who work late and stay away from the city. Presently many are forced to drive/ride their own vehicles as there are no options post 8.30 p.m. We need more awareness on the monthly passes available with Kadamba Transport Corporation. This is a facility that can be used to the maximum. We absolutely need rickshaws and taxis to implement the metre services. In the absence of a metre and/or rate cards, taxi operators fleece commuters by charging rates they feel like. And more importantly we need to car pool with friends and family, we have way too many cars and bikes on the road.”

-Sean Faia, PR professional Old Goa

Hi-tech electric buses can be used to improve public transport. The general public should be made aware about following traffic rules. Overcrowding of buses needs to be avoided so that passengers can have a comfortable journey. Better roads and infrastructure can also help reduce the traffic congestion.

Susparsha Gaikwad, student, Goa University

There were recent reports that there is an increase of vehicles by 130 per cent in last 10 years which is posing pressure on transport infrastructure. I think this is a serious issue that needs to be looked into. When there are too many vehicles on the road there is less movement of traffic. People can opt for public transport like buses to go to work or walk if the distance is short. Also, carpooling can be a better option.”

-Ridhi Bandekar, journalist , Sanvordem,

Our Taxi Association and the Goa Government needs to understand the importance of a taxi for the locals. If a taxi to Panaji is going to charge me for the fuel price plus a premium, people will automatically shift to other transport methods because it’s not only convenient, it’s also cheaper. Our Government has decided to launch a taxi service app in substitute of Ola/Uber called ‘Goamilies’ to make transport convenient. The question is that the Taxi Association’s demands against Ola/Uber in the state have led to this app, but will the same exorbitant prices make a difference to the people of Goa? Traffic cannot be avoided directly, it surely can be reduced. The Government’s recent step in Panaji city of making some roads one way only has reduced some congestion. The government directly can’t widen the roads in the city but sure can try to have a parking lot close to congestion points. The recently developed Patto Plaza is well planned and the parking well accommodates the cars today but with increase in number of offices, it will be a congested place soon. To overcome this, I feel it’s important for us to understand the importance of public transport and car pooling.

Archit Thanekar, Porvorim

 

(Compiled by Ramandeep Kaur
Alisha Nicole Carvalho, and Venita Gomes)

 

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