Public transport in my city Rourkela, Odisha is totally not available. We have to depend on private transport means like autos rickshaws or city bus rides which do not operate from every area. I have to walk two and a half kilometers from my house to avail a public transport which for me at times is impossible to board as they are overcrowded. The vehicles used for public transport are mostly in bad state. Using them as a means of communication may ultimately lead to problems like sciatica or asthma or even lungs ailments.
For elderly people like me who have crossed the age of 50, using public transport can be hazardous. Most of the public transport vehicles are not maintained well. The buses have torn seats, protruding iron attachment or damaged doors which often leads to injury. It's beyond the pockets of the middle class and poor to reserve an autorickshaw for communication or transportation. Moreover, the entire city is not linked well. You can reach through different ways to different parts of the city using your own bike but the buses and autos use only long routes which prove to be time-consuming. For example, if I want to reach 'Chend' colony, I can reach there within 10 minutes if I use a bike or a car but by public transport, it would take 2 hours.
I will be the happiest woman the day the Government starts its own public transportation system at a reasonable rate and that can be availed from any corner of my city. Life would be much easier and comfortable for the elderly and the physically challenged if communication or transportation means to run and maintained by the Government were available from your doorstep at a reasonable rate. It's still disheartening that a city that had been developed in the 1950s by the Germans who started the 'Rourkela Steel Plant' is yet to get public transports maintained by the Government.
As the majority of the Indians are still the middle class, lower middle class and the economically backward, the Government should make the provision for public transport at reasonable rates that operate round the clock for 24 hours. However, it's still disheartening that a city that had been developed in the 1950s by the Germans who started the 'Rourkela Steel Plant' is yet to get public transports maintained by the Government.