30 Jan 2010

Thane Creek (Vashi) Bridge




First Class to Car Class.

One of the biggest changes over the last decade and especially in the last 5 years has been the way many people in Mumbai commute. From the shoe size they used to occupy in a crowded local train's first class compartment, an upper middle class, Sea Link worshiping, red light blind, Mumbaikar now occupies many square feet of road space. No more train friends or smelly armpits for them; many Mumbaikars now enjoy their own foul language as they curse fellow road users inside their air conditioned shells.

This also means that people who used to look for homes closer to the railways stations, now look for pigeon holes near main arterial roads or highways.

But if you don't have a car, there's a new option that revolutionizing public transport across India and here in Mumbai: the A/C buses under the JNNURM (Urban Renewal) Scheme. The picture above was taken from a BEST bus made by Cerita.

6 comments:

Deepa Raman said...

good blog on mumbai and sorroundings ;)

bythewindowsill said...

:-)
feels bubble-like and guilty when you look out.

Anonymous said...

"Sea Link worshiping" - :)
BTW while BEST has a fleet of Ceritas, NMMT has Volvos and has recently started a few routes that cross into Mumbai.
-MJ

SloganMurugan said...

Thank you. Deepa.
Yes, Window sill. Guilt trip. :(

MJ, The NMMT buses are Volvos and are cheaper than the BEST buses.

Curry Spice said...

I love this pic... I was standing at the exact spot on the ac bus from thane today... i saw the exact view... this is sooo very cool
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SloganMurugan said...

And i'm sure it will be even better during the rains.

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