Photographer's Note

I took this shot in a street of North Kolkata. You can see the two PULLED RICKSHAWS at right side and the two YELLOW AMBASSADOR TAXI(Cabs).
The transport system of Kolkata is a mix of modern mass rapid transport and the old transport modalities like the rickshaws. Kolkata is connected to the rest of India by the National Highways, the extensive network of the Indian Railways, and also by air. Most traffic to North-East India routes via Kolkata.
The metered-cabs are mostly of the brand "Ambassador" manufactured by Hindustan Motors. Once in a while, one or two Maruti Omnis, and Tata Indigo can be seen painted in yellow.[2] Recently, air-conditioned cabs (known as "Blue-Arrow") and maroon cabs ( running on Compressed natural gas) have been introduced. The meters - though digital - are generally out-of-date and there is a conversion chart to refer to while converting the meter-reading to the actual fare. But recently ORIX Auto Infrastructure Services Ltd. has introduced an air-conditioned Radio Taxi service in Kolkata with the name 'Kolkata Cab' with fleets consisting of Indigo Marina only, which has gained popularity among the city dwellers because it has comfortable seats, GPS monitoring, digital tamper-proof meters, receipt printers and lost-and-found facilities. Mega Cabs are also there with the same facilities. Some other prospective Radio Taxis to be rolled into the city are Easy Cabs and Meru Cabs.
The Meter Taxi/Cab Rates of Kolkata and howrah have changed and new rates are applicable from 1st of November 2012. The new formula or equation for calculating the same is Meter Reading X 2.4 + 1 = New Fare.
Pulled Rickshaw:-
Rickshaws pulled by men and auto rickshaws are commonplace. Many migrants from Bihar and rural Bengal are involved in rickshaw pulling. In southern Kolkata, the rickshaws pulled by men have been replaced by cycle rickshaws. Fares are usually set by the rickshaw unions. These rickshaws usually operate over short distances due to the manual effort involved, and mainly run on narrow lanes where buses and auto-rickshaws don't ply.

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