Monday, January 11, 2010

Giving New Meaning to the Phrase "Public Transit"

In a small Indian village, a lack of government oversight or presence has led to residents collecting donations to build their very own railway stop:

"Most of the 3,000-plus people living in the village are agriculturists. But such was the burning desire to have a station in the village, everybody contributed according to their capacity. Ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 75,000 they donated money for the station and we started construction in January, 2008," said Ranjeet Singh, former village sarpanch.

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Meanwhile, the northern half of the Ivory Coast has been tax-free due to it's de facto control by ex-rebels, leading to residents starting their own motorbike taxi businesses - in spite of a formal government ban:

"We created our union so that if the state comes back, we can continue," says Kone N'ze Siaka from the Union of Moto Taxi Drivers and owner of three scooters.

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