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Sumana Narayanan, Senior Researcher

Fair Fares: Towards Gender-Inclusive Public Transport

CAG surveyed 3000 women across 6 cities to understand the impact of the fare-free public transport scheme for women launched by the Tamil Nadu government. The study found that women were able to save an average of  Rs 601 to Rs 800 per month as a result of this scheme. Additionally, the study highlighted that the saved transportation expenses were predominantly invested in the family. Find out more from the full report.

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Protecting children on two-wheelers is a grey space

A laissez-faire attitude towards safety could be said to be a defining Indian characteristic. Everytime we step out of our house, whether we are walking or driving a vehicle, we risk our lives and often the lives of other people on the road. The assumption seems to be that crashes occur to other people and that somehow miraculously we will not come to harm in spite of our foolhardy behaviour. 

Freebie or Freedom? Tamil Nadu’s Free Bus Travel Scheme for Women

CAG's study on the fare free bus scheme for women in Tamil Nadu, points to definite benefits, not just for the individual woman, but the entire household. The soon to be released report assesses the impact of the scheme on women's access to work and leisure activities, and how any money saved, is used to improve family finances.

To ban or not to ban bike taxis?

In the last couple of years, Rapido has become a well-known name in Indian cities. The ride-hailing platform, focussed solely on two-wheelers, has been gaining popularity in cities struggling to deal with congestion. Now the other major ride-hailing platforms - Ola and Uber - are also offering bike taxi services. Rapido has also become a household name as it were because of the recent spate of backlash against it and attempts to get it banned.