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‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

The author shares her take on shifting to Delhi from Kolkata and her experience with the Delhi Metro

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– By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi, November 5, 2017 : Delhi Metro cruelly killed my “acche din”.

Metro fares have been doubled in just four months, forcing me to give up my favorite mode of transport and take to crowded DTC buses.

Besides putting the new fares beyond my budget, I have also been stripped off the safety of travelling in the Metro. And I am not the only one.

My biggest shock came two days after the latest Metro fare hike. I commute daily between Green Park in south Delhi and Noida Sector 16 where I work.

As I punched my smart card while leaving the Sector 16 station, my heart skipped a beat — Rs 37 had been deducted from my card.

By the time I reached my office, the mental calculation was already done. I realized every month I would have to spend double of what I was shelling out only five months ago if I wanted to use the Delhi Metro.

When the year began, I was spending Rs 18 on my Metro ride — one way. The Metro then hiked the fares and my one-way cost shot up to Rs 27. The latest hike had taken it to Rs 37!

This was hard for me to digest. The sudden hike of almost Rs 20, that too one way, was surely going to painfully pinch my wallet.

When I landed in Delhi five years ago, my friends advised me to avail the Metro, not just because it is safe for women but comfortable too, never mind the crushing rush during peak hours.

Most important, as I realized very soon, the Metro was affordable. It was so cheap that while an auto-rickshaw would charge me a minimum of Rs 25 from my home to the nearest Metro station, the Metro charged me only Rs 18 all the way from south Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This was too good to be true.

Since I came from Kolkata, where the minimum Metro fare was only Rs 4 and the maximum Rs 12, Delhi Metro initially seemed costly.

But I realized the full story in no time once I started using the Delhi Metro. The infrastructure, service and overall facilities provided by Delhi Metro were far better compared to Kolkata.

Delhi Metro offers free WiFi, its stations have coffee shops and the bigger ones even host fast food chains. Travel is hassle-free despite the odd technical snags that hit the Blue Line that I use.

But suddenly charging a salaried person like me Rs 40 more, or Rs 1,200 a month, just because the Metro needs to finance itself better is something I cannot appreciate.

Like numerous others, I have changed my mode of transport. It is now the DTC buses. The DTC’s frequency may not match the Metro’s and DTC rides can be bumpy too, not to talk of unending traffic jams. But do I have a choice?

(Editorial note : This article has been written by Somrita Ghosh of IANS. She can be contacted at somrita.g@ians.in)

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10 Two Wheeler Safety Tips to Make Your A Diwali Safe Celebration

So, these tips help you care for your bike during Diwali

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10 Two Wheeler Safety Tips to Make Your A Diwali Safe Celebration.

Diwali is always celebrated with pomp and show. You light up your homes and burst firecrackers to celebrate the festival. With friends and relatives visiting you, Diwali becomes a major celebration. In fact, Diwali is considered to be one of the biggest festivals of the Hindus. Despite its charm and fervor, Diwali also brings with it various safety concerns.

Firecrackers and diyas pose a fire threat which can not only cause physical injuries but also cause a lot of damage to property. Even your two-wheelers are prone to fire hazards and therefore it becomes necessary to safeguard your bike against Diwali related hazards. Here are 10 safety tips for your two-wheeler during Diwali so that you can celebrate a safe and worry-free festival:

#1 Comprehensive two-wheeler insurance

The first step to financially safeguard your two-wheeler is to buy a two-wheeler insurance policy. Besides being mandatory, the two-wheeler insurance policy also pays you financial compensation if your bike is damaged by fire or other contingencies. Thus, vehicle insurance forms an important step towards protecting your bike. When buying the policy, always choose a comprehensive plan. Though third-party insurance would provide the mandatory cover, it would not cover the cost of damages suffered by your bike. Since Diwali poses risks to your bike, you need a comprehensive coverage, not third-party insurance.

#2 Park your vehicle in a designated parking space

Designated parking spaces help in protecting the bike from being exposed to firecrackers or candles, lit during Diwali. So, space provides a safe shelter for your bike.

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Park your vehicle in a designated parking space.

#3 Choose a covered parking space

Open parking spaces are a risk as firecrackers can land on the bike and damage it. Therefore, try and pick a covered parking space, preferably in the basement, where there is no chance of firecrackers damaging the vehicle.

#4 Choose a commercial parking plot

If you don’t get the desired parking space in your apartment or if the allotted parking space is in the open where firecrackers would be burst, choose a commercial parking space. Though you would have to pay for space, your bike would be safe from firecrackers.

#5 Avoid using bike covers

Bike covers are not fireproof. In fact, their materials might actually be inflammable which would catch fire and cause more damage. During Diwali, as there is no chance of rains, avoid covering your bike with bike covers.

#6 Avoid driving through lanes where crackers are being burst

If any particular area sees a lot of firecrackers, you should keep away from that area. Try taking a cab instead to pass through since cabs are safer than bikes.

#7 Be careful when driving during Diwali

During Diwali, people burst firecrackers on the streets as well. That is why you should be careful when traveling on your bike. Drive slowly on streets where people might be bursting crackers. Be alert about crackers being burst on the street when you drive. If you see crackers being burst, wait until it is safe to drive through.

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Always carry a first aid kit with you while driving.

#8 Carry a first aid kit

Always carry a first aid kit in your bike whenever you travel. The kit becomes all the more relevant during Diwali when you are likely to face injuries and might need medicines.

#9 Carry a fire extinguisher

A small fire extinguisher is also a great help in case your bike catches fire and you need to extinguish it. So, carry a small extinguisher with your bike, especially during Diwali.

#10 Keep your policy documents handy

Your vehicle insurance policy details should be carried at all times. Carry the policy document with your bike so that in case of a claim you can call the insurance company immediately and furnish the details of your policy. If you have roadside assistance and face any damages during Diwali, the insurance company would send you immediate help if you can provide them with the policy number quickly after the accident.

So, these tips help you care for your bike during Diwali. Having an insurance policy is the most important tip. Other than these, if you follow the above-mentioned tips, your bike would be safe.