In Singapore there is a bus service called Pub-crawlers. It picks up people who intend to do some pub hopping at a nominal price of $35 per night and take them to four different pubs in the city…each night. Pretty innovative.
The service has been around for a year now (actually, I am lying. I don`t even know if such a service really exists).
The service is so popular, that the owner has already bought a car. If you think that is a small achievement, picture this. To get a driving license in Singapore, one needs to pay $3000 as trainer fee to the guy who will teach you driving, and then invest in a car that will cost you anywhere between $ 100,000 to $10,00,000.
Was wondering, if such a service would sell in Chennai. Maybe, maybe not. But if an entrepreneur intends to borrow the idea and diversify he could mint money. Here are a few options with him –
Water Gatherer: This bus service will start around 9 p.m., just after the Corporation water tankers finish their round of water distribution. The idea would be to beat the tanker traffic, and wriggle your way to other sources of water like idling hand pumps, muddy public wells and points where the corporation water pipes are broken. The final stop will be the Marina beach. But that would be resorted to only if the earlier stops do not yield enough water.
Liquor store hopping: In Singapore, since the cost of owning a car is high the pub-crawlers are a big hit. But in Chennai, a guy who can afford a pub should invariably own a car. Proof: I do not own a car and do not go pub hopping. Hence, how about liquor store hopping? All shops close at 11 p.m. And for all those drunkards like me who get drunk and then look for more it is a nightmare. We would really welcome a bus service which could take us to all those joints where rum, whiskey, vodka blah blah are slid from under the shutters under the watchful eyes of policemen, well after 11 p.m. The only hitch is, the bus will have to be washed every morning (thanks to the overzealous drinkers like me) with Domex. But then, don`t we want to have a cleaner Chennai?