14. On transport English Talking On Transport

Suresh : Good morning, Amit.

Amit : Good morning. Where are you going?

Suresh : I’m going to town.

Amit : So am I. Where in town are you going? I’m going to Bank Road.

Suresh : That’s precisely where I’m going, too.

Amit : Could you please give me a lift then?

Suresh : Oh, sure! Jump in. Meet my friend, Arun (Introduces a friend already sitting in the car) Arun, this is my friend, Amit.

Amit : Hello! (They shake hands)

Arun : Hello! Your face seems to be very familiar to me, but I’m sorry I can’t place you.

Amit : I also think I’ve met you before.

Arun : Do you sometimes come to the State Bank? That’s where I work.

Amit : Say so, that’s where we met! I come there whenever I come on leave.

Suresh : Arun, he works in Dubai and now he’s on leave.

Arun : Nice meeting you, Amit. Do come to me whenever you come to the bank.

Amit : Certainly, with pleasure.

Suresh : Don’t you find travelling by bus is very inconvenient?

Amit : No, not at all. There are plenty of buses on our road and every two or three minutes you get a bus.

Arun : But the problem is that they are always full and it is the reckless driving that causes accidents.

Suresh : Our transport system is excellent but for the number of road accidents. We have city services, long distance buses and even inter state buses.

Amit : But with all that we’re still not able to cope with our needs. The trains are always fully booked in advance and buses packed to capacity. Controlling population growth is the only panacea for most of our problems.

Arun : Now there are plenty of plane services too, connecting all the important cities in India. In spite of all the progress we have made in the transport system, one cannot travel comfortably.

Amit : Airports, railway stations and bus stations are all full of people and you find long queues everywhere.

Suresh : Yes, but we are used to all these. We are used to the crowds, the queues and the noise and bustle everywhere. I think people don’t mind even though the buses and trains are overloaded as long as they are able to travel.

Arun : But the transport system is better than that found in many other countries. Considering the limitations of our country, we are doing well.

Suresh : I agree with you. The mode of transport has completely changed. Nobody likes to walk even a short distance. Bicycles, mopeds, scooters, bikes, autorickshaws, cars and all kinds of vehicles have made our travel more comfortable.

Amit : Now I understand mopeds that don’t need any licence are also available.

Arun : I wonder what has happened to all the bullock carts, horse-carts and rickshaws. Not long ago we had all these on our roads.

Suresh : It’s all very well, but if some innovation in the automobile manufacturing industry is not able to control and reduce the exhaust fumes of auto-mobiles, they are going to paint our cities black with smoke. They say it is causing respiratory ailments to almost one out of every three of our citizens.

Amit : I’ve read that our big cities are some of the most polluted cities on this planet. Anyway, thank God, there is a ray of hope now. The authorities insist that every vehicle must have a ‘pollution under control certificate’.

Arun : Who issues this certificate?

Suresh : There are some authorised agencies who check vehicles for emission levels of carbon monoxide.

Arun : What do they certify?

Suresh : It will be certified that the vehicle meets the emission standards fixed under the rule 115(2) of Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.

English Talking On Transport

Amit :  But Suresh, have you taken that certificate for your car?

Suresh : Yes, I have. You can see it. It’s there in the glove compartment in the dashboard.

Arun : But yours is a well-maintained car. I’m sure most people haven’t yet taken the certificates. I see a lot of smoky vehicles still running around. The

Transport authorities should set a deadline, after which no vehicle should be allowed on the road without this certificate.

Amit : The problem, I understand, is that there aren’t enough authorized agencies who can issue certificates to all these thousands of vehicles in our cities. I’m sure it will take a long time to implement this rule.

Arun : In the meantime the number of vehicles is increasing by thousands every month. Unless there are enough agencies to cope with the ever increasing number of vehicles, the problem of pollution will remain as it is.

Amit : And how long is the certificate valid once it is issued?

Suresh : It is valid only for six months and before long the certificate holders will have to queue up again for fresh certificates.

Amit : Don’t you think it would be better if separate agencies are assigned with the issue of certificates to private vehicles, two wheelers, buses and other

commercial vehicles? Otherwise, all will crowd at the same place, causing a traffic-jam.

Arun : When these problems are solved, it will be a long lasting solution for keeping our environment clean to some extent.

Suresh : So here we are gentlemen! (Amit and Arun

come out of the car)

Amit : Thanks for the lift, Suresh. Good day.

Arun : Thanks, Suresh. Bye.

Suresh : You are welcome, gentlemen. Thanks for your company. You can meet me at the same time and at the same place tomorrow or any other day, if ever you need a lift to town. Good day, gentlemen.

English Talking On Transport

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