Cost of Living in Manipal Going Up again

As we’ve got the 9th hike in Gas (Petrol) prices in 11 Months (Good Job Government) and price has gone up a good Rs 5.  Not 1, not 2 straight up 5.  Ridiculous.
Blatant Daylight Robbers in Manipal you’ll know my feelings on these criminals already.  Now once again they’ve got a “valid” excuse (as if they’ve ever needed any excuses in the past to jack up their already jacked up prices. If they haven’t started today already, they’ll do it asap.

Nonetheless, with this the 2nd set of Robberies (half of the restaurants around town) go up.  I love this fact that it’s a student town and how much all the locals decide to cash in.  I mean if it was a tourist place like in Goa or something I can understand.  But is it like this everywhere in India?  I don’t recall anything like this in Canada not even in a place like Ottawa.  Hell in Carleton University when I was there students had concessional rates everywhere.  Food, transportation.  Actually now that I think of it, transportation is cheaper for students almost everywhere I’ve been to back home.  Taxi’s, Buses, Trains everything. This is in a place where the realistic cost of living is many many many times higher then India.

Unless I’m mistaken Udupi (6km), Mangalore (60Km) and Bangalore (about 400 km) none of them have these issues.  Both have universities galore.

Manipal is becoming more and more expensive to live in.  An those people who aren’t coming from affluent (or even well enough to do) families, for them it’s going to be really difficult.  Sad.

Just a thought.  Keep extra change from now on if you use one of those.



Some reasons for the higer rates in Manipal
i)Most of the students are in Manipal only for 9 months, so the drivers need to extract 12 months worth of income in 9 months
ii)The university has left no other choice to students. In effect the Auto's have been given a virtual monopoly status by the university. Reasons:
A)Students not allowed to own vehicles, so how exactly are they supposed to commute outside the campus
B)Inside the campus the roads are used by the speeding monsters called buses, leaving just a narrow footpath for students to walk on. The buses are filled to the point where 4 people are hanging from the door, and are still not enough.
C)If you do decide to walk, and are late by 5 minutes for a 3 hour lab, you dont get attendance.
D)The new blocks are FAR away from the campus (If you are in 17th block, and want to walk to college, you need 45+ minutes. you would rather walk to KC and take an auto)
Looking at A,B,C&D, its pretty obvious that the college doesnt want people to walk, but wants to encourage the use of auto's