GUWAHATI, July 11 - A cross section of people working in various parts of Guwahati city believe that it is usually more convenient to travel in a city bus rather than in a private cab because taxi rides are more expensive.
Many working women are of the view that although it is always too congested inside city buses during summer, their preferences have always inclined towards taking a bus ride. Cost efficiency is a major factor that contributes to the steady popularity of city buses, in spite of the growing demand of private taxis.
“We are middle class people. Going for work, spending more than a hundred rupees in a private cab on a daily basis, is too expensive for us...,” a lady said.
However, some women assert that unavailability of seats often makes bus rides a harrowing experience, especially during hot and humid days, leaving them drained of energy much prior to reaching their respective destinations.
Some women even claim that the scorching heat of the city and the additional heat inside city buses affect them psychologically as they go out to work. They say their mental stability is, to some extent, affected due to these factors.
City buses halting at every bus stop longer than the stipulated time is another major downside of the system, not to speak of the tendency of drivers to stop and pick up passengers wherever they can. During sapping heat and dust of summer, this often results in jarring behaviour of passengers and impolite conduct of bus conductors.
“Stopping literally every two minutes makes a bus ride extremely frustrating for passengers,” said another woman.
Yet, regardless of the never-ending complaints of passengers, they still prefer travelling in a city bus because it is far cheaper than a taxi ride.