Sunday, June 22, 2008

Look ma, no glass

It is 2008 and glass has not yet been discovered in some KSRTC (Kerala, not Karnataka) buses. They still use the rexin over metal frames for windows. How about some transparency? The windshields, thankfully are glass. This is common all over Kerala - in fact there are very few buses with glass panes. If it not this rexin thing, it is pretty basic brown tarpaulin. 


Why? Cartelization is one obvious answer, but that doesnt explain why private and public transport alike follows the same pattern. I think it is because in communist gods own country the hourly strikes would cause glass to be broken far too frequently.

Any other ideas?


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

its cheap plus the rexin frames can be fully retracted which is more convienient for humid places like Kerala during summer ;)

Nikhil Narayanan said...

Agree with Anon
I had thought about the same some 10 years back atleast and had figured the ans myself.
Blore-during winter you will have to close the glass windows and Kerala would never have such winters.

Thats the reason
Unwanted blame on politicians!w

Lekhni said...

Another reason why (if I were a private operator) I would want a rexin window is - glass windows, especially the sliding ones, frequently get stuck and refuse to close completely. In a place like Kerala where it rains frequently, this would be a big nuisance.

Neelakantan said...

But in other equally rainy places like Goa, Bombay, Calcutta the buses have glass windows - i think this is more to do with cost. The private buses in Kerala are barely seats on a chassis. They dont believe in giving anything more than bare bones service...

Kavi said...

The drivers are direct descendents of Schumacher. Or Proist. So !

corporate serf said...

Yeah,
we could do with better looking buses; even for private bus lines. You know what, we could do with better looking cities where landlords actually make good looking houses. They don't do that because a> rent control and b> urban land ceiling act and a plethora of other "your government knows better than you, now fall in line you fascist capitalist" laws which put in price controls and supply limits. I am guessing the same works in the case of private buses: the fares are set by a board which don't let it get too far above the state bus rates and the number of bus permits is limited. Now the last is probably a necessity, given the scarcity of road space, but it is probably fare controls thats driving this.

neelakantan said...

Hmm quite possible. For private buses the quid pro quo could be, dont ask us to raise safety standards or passenger comforts and in return we dont crib about fares.

For state transport buses, well, why get better than the private chaps anyway?

But thats where the K(karnataka)SRTC and APSRTC have done well. With the Volvos and luxury services, they are better than (m)any private service providers...

Anonymous said...

Commies like dark windows...no transparency...