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Old 29th April 2014, 22:00   #46
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I wonder where the car sales in major cities will go once India (if ever) gets efficient yet luxurious mass transit system like we see in Germany (ICE) and China (CRH).
We will never get even 10% of that here, precisely because of the political alliance between the car companies and the great Indian middle (privileged but pretending to be AAM) classes.

Witness how the longterm BRT project (whatever its design issues) was killed in Delhi despite the chief minister being committed to it and being someone who had done much more than she should have building flyovers and repaving roads all over what is a radical sprawl of a city.

In rural and semi/peri-urban areas there is a mafia of private taxi and auto and bus owners and drivers, egged on and often financed by the likes of Mahindra who ensure that the deliberately underfunded state transport undertakings do not provide adequate services. In any case these are all grossly inefficient, overmanned by unionised 'workers'. Of course, I exaggerate but you do see why?

Why else do you think there is barely a mention in the election campaign/manifestoes of public transport? Roads and highways, yes, fuel subsidies yes, but hardly a word on mass transport.
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We will never get even 10% of that here, precisely because of the political alliance between the car companies and the great Indian middle (privileged but pretending to be AAM) classes.
Well, you are correct, but the actual problem is not this.

When you have some food, the body digests it and the energy is given to all components of your body, in the appropriate proportions. Similarly, the government should try to provide some energy to all parts of the country. But it doesn't happen. South is considered miles ahead of North, the North east is a different story all together.

Why all the labour come to bangalore/chennai/hyderabad/mumbai for work from UP/Bihar/Jharkand and many other places? Why not in their home town? Because there is no work over there. Just develop infrastructure through out the country, this act itself should push money flow through all people of the country. The problem subsidises.

When the money runs through every ones hands, everyone will be capable of owning an automotive. Everyone need not make profits, But the flow of money should not stop. If it stops, then its called as a recession in modern terminology.

Well, Slowdown could be very easily handled, but it depends on one nut, which is holding the country's steering wheel and where he wants to drive it.
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In rural and semi/peri-urban areas there is a mafia of private taxi and auto and bus owners and drivers, egged on and often financed by the likes of Mahindra who ensure that the deliberately underfunded state transport undertakings do not provide adequate services.
That's a pretty strong allegation against a reputed company. You might like to clarify your comment.
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That's a pretty strong allegation against a reputed company. You might like to clarify your comment.
'Reputed Company' is in India, IMO, a logical fallacy. I think you meant something like 'allegedly reputed...' or maybe 'ostensibly reputed...'?

It is the mafia that gets it done, but it is often Mahindra that through its finance arm sponsors them. Most Bolero sales are to private shared-taxi operators in rural/rurban areas, financed by Mahindra itself.

Bolero (and tractor) sales are also a function of hugely subsidised diesel prices. I think it is naive to think that Mahindra is not using its political clout i.e., rent-seeking: witness the recent extra-large cut in SUV excise duties.
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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...w/34484806.cms
A link to ET article on drop in sales.
Maruti Dezire seems to be badly affected along with many small cars.
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With no signs of revival yet, Tata shuts Nano plant in Gujarat for 35 to 40 days.

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Also on account of low demand and a resultant inventory pile-up, as well as ongoing retooling activity to manufacture a new version of the Nano for the festive season.
http://auto.economictimes.indiatimes...-days/36527212
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Maruti, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India and Ashok Leyland have also shut down their plants in the month of June.

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The report says the plant has been shut down for maintenance of machinery it seems
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