Bapu: Yes Bittoo.
Bittoo: The Smart City Project Limited has proposed to start Public Bicycle Sharing Program in Belagavi with the objective of ‘making the city more livable for its residents and desirable for the visitors, reducing the use of private motorized vehicles and make streets of city more walk-able, environment friendly thereby providing last mile connectivity to public transport users’ Bapu.
Bapu: That’s true and the SCPL is now eliciting public opinion about the proposed initiative Bittoo.
Bittoo: That’s wonderful Bapu as it will not only reduce air pollution but also help riders to foster public health Bapu.
Bittoo: But, in the absence of separate bicycle tracks and growing vehicle traffic leading to frequent congestions, will it add to the present chaotic situation or ease Bapu?
Bapu: I don’t know Bittoo.
This is a citizen-centric new column, wherein the author(Bitto) is an ordinary, politically unaffiliated common man of the city who in his/her inimitable approach takes up various issues with the Bapu’s soul! Apparently, the interaction between them portrays ironies of sorts encountered by the common man and others in the city in a lighter vein. The author’s name will not be disclosed to the readers as he/she represents the common man of the society. This column aims at creating awareness and sensitising cross sections of our city on various issues of public concern only but in a lighter vein without holding any contempt against any institution or individual.