“The whole idea of metro will not work and should be closed down immediately," said 45-year old Musula, an auto rickshaw driver who has been in this profession from the past 22 years.
When asked by OneIndia if he thought the launch of metro would hamper his rickshaw business he said," No it will not affect our business, but neither will it work for long. Metro"s won't go to people"s home to pick them up if they are sick, but we do," Musula said.
On being questioned further if he would ever travel by Metro, the very thought irked him. “I will never travel in the metro in my life. I have a two wheeler and my rickshaw, why should I depend on Metro?" Musula questioned.
His friend Akbar who has been a auto Rickshaw driver for many years felt the same. “The whole idea of metro should be shelved," said Akbar, a resident of Rajendra Nagar.
For Chandru, a rickshaw driver who lives at Sarjapur the metro will not ease traffic congestion in the city. “Nothing will change. Traffic will be the same in Bangalore like it has been," Chandru said.
“To go by metro people will have to stand in queues to buy tickets. Our mode of transport is faster than it is," Chandru said. While this is what the auto rickshaw drivers think, many view the coming of metro as a boon.
“This is one of the most successful achievements of Bangalore. Though it is late to come it certainly looks promising," said Vinayak, RJ with Radio City.
“ This is the best trip, we are all excited, super excited, extra excited," said Shobita engineering student, New Horizon college, who had come for a ride in the metro with her friends.
For Madhusudhan Hegde, the arrival of metro will take Bangalore towards its growth and would definitely be a success.
With the advent of metro in the city, let"s hope several commuting problems will come to an end and ease traffic congestion in the city.