Low Cost Small Cars - Impending Urban Chaos
Well the infrastructure and traffic situation in India is quite bad. Thats not a revelation. But what could possibly make the situation worse?
A Rs 1 lakh car could bring the cities to its kneels. When we look around wherever Traffic situation is bad, invariably one can find a sea of cars. Now add an ocean to it, and you have a perfect recipe for chaos. Indian Roads are not equipped to handle this kind of traffic.
Tata's are not alone in this low-cost car race (A picture of Tata's 1-lakh car). Here are other contenders:
- Renault/Nissan plans on a $3000 (just over Rs 1 lakh) car for India.
- Bajaj plans a small car in the price range of Rs 2-5 lakhs.
- Ford has plans for a small car for India.
- Maruti/Suzuki is an old player in this area.
- Would a car that competes with Two-Wheelers be safe, and reliable? Cars like Maruti-800, wouldn't even be allowed in many countries of the world - for precisely that reason.
- In Japan, which cannot afford to put more cars on roads (for lack of space - and not artificially missing infrastructure) - cars are manufactured largely for export. Should we not learn from them?
- A situation similar to Airlines industry is unfolding. Lots of Airlines but decaying Airports - Lots of Cars but Pot-holed one-lane mis-managed roads. (Time Magazine Reports: Altitude Sickness - India's Airlines tied down by crumbling airport infrastructure.)
- Tata's or car-buyer's are not to be blamed in anyway. It is the governance that has failed the people. Responsibility for Urban Planning, Roads, Public Transport - does lie with people who sit on positions of Authority and Power.
Infrastructure and Reliable Public Transport is what this country is crying for.