July 19, 2007

What the Rs 1 Lakh car will do...

There is a lot of talk about the one lakh rupee car by Tata Motors but this mail(below) would change the way you look at the so called "Low cost vehicle".Worth a look:

Son:
Papa papa, I want to write more on the paper.

Papa:
But son, if you do that the writing will
overlap. You should understand that for the writing to be visible properly, you need to have only as much writing as would fit in the paper.

Son:
But papa, why is is then that our roads(paper) have limited capacity but still more and more cars(pen) are seen on the road?

Papa:
Well son, you need to ask the aspiring high-earning brains of our society and the credit card
companies and banks.

Son:
Why papa?

Papa:
Because these make the car companies increase their production without understanding that the supporting infrastructure is thrown totally out of gear

Son:
Is that precisely the reason why chief ministers and chief guests report late at every event?

Papa:
Yes son

Son:
If we know the solution why is it not implemented?

Papa:
Son, humans have a tendency to show off and build an image. Whatever they do within the realm of common sense and possibility is fine.

Son:
Should the government not play a role in having a limit on the production of cars?

Papa:
Yes, but then there will be funny people coming with funnier arguments that no one can decide who should produce what of how much quantity. They will argue that if there is a demand, they will produce more cars

Son:
Papa, then these auto companies should be involved in road infrastructure and should dedicate a part of their earnings to such capital investments

Papa:
Son, they will blame it on the Govt. They will say - government is not doing its job of providing infrastructure

Son:
Is there no traffic analysis done? What are the statisticians doing?

Papa:
They are busy working on the demand of cars and how to fulfil them by introducing new launches every few months

Son:
Isn't this funny?

Papa:
Son, life is full of funny people. They make others go through troubles while they show off their wealth

Son:
I have also seen many CEOs and managers going in cars to their office while it is better and less time consuming for them to travel through public transport

Papa:
Son, as I said humans want to show off their status.

Son:
What to do then?

Papa:
Understand life, speak the truth, don't fear criticism, transfer the clarity of your mind to lot many others and finally

Son:
And finally?

Papa:
Hope that sanity will prevail over show business

And that roads will be provided some relief from the car flood before introducing 1 lac Re cars let's broaden the roads a bit or roads will be drowned with cars of every Tom, Dick and Harry!!!

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1 Comments:

At Jan 14, 2008, 8:22:00 PM , Blogger Arun Ramarathnam said...

It is easy to take pot shots at the one lakh car in the guise of roads getting clogged. But I am not convinced with the argument.

Tom, Dick and Harry needs comfortable transport too. Even the hapless farmer. We cant think that comforts of life are meant for the affluent alone.

We surely need better public transport, roads, better city planning, ring roads without intersections, more parking lots, better city planners, and city planning jobs to be the best paid! Have lesser autos on the road. These are the issues.

The Nano allows the average indian family to move from the bike to the Nano to transport their kids and families and be safer.

Sure the arrival of the one lakh car solves some problems and creates some problems to solve.

Why are we running away from problems that need to be tackled? Why not come up with ideas to address them instead instead of avoidance. In this case surely the "Nano" does help solve some problems that the average Indian faces. We need to think really big on infrastructure! IMHO The best brains need to go there!

We should celebrate the innovation and design creativity here and gear up to tackle new challenges!

 

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