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Traffic Situation

Posted by Sankar on March 23, 2006


I just couldn’t agree more with this post on Vasanth’s blog related to traffic situation in Bangalore and Chennai. I travel 25 kms each way (abt an hr) for work and it definitely gets on the nerves after a while. I can probably add a couple more to the list with respect to Chennai.

  • The auto drivers have taken up an oath to ride on (I literally mean “on”) the white divider lines that separate different lanes in the same direction. Maybe, this is specially taught to them when they learn to ride an auto. I just can’t believe it. When they do that, it is a pain trying to overtake them in either lane. And the worst, they don’t do more than 30-40 kmph.
  • Another behavior that I have noticed with respect to autos are that you can tell whether they have a passenger or not, just by looking at the speed of the auto. When they have a passenger, they go at around 30-40. But if they are looking for a passenger (“savari”), they drag along at around 0-10 kmph (ofcourse in between two lanes like I mentioned above), it is so @#@#ing irritating. Yeah… I get that they have to do that for a living, but they don’t have to do it this way. There are several designated places in the city auto stands and they can there and wait for their “savari”.
  • Next comes the buses. I was under the impression that only James Bond had a license to kill, but I was wrong. After driving for a couple of years in Chennai, I learnt that even the bus drivers have a license to kill… or at least scare the @#$@ out of other drivers. They don’t care a ^%%^ about others and literally ram you onto the median. I have experienced it myself several times. And the worst is that they are not pulled over for speeding, reckless driving or even for jumping signals. Looks like they have immunity over law. When someone does something like this to me, I overtake the bus, go in front and drive at around 20kmph and try not to allow the bus to overtake. I do this for a few seconds when there is a clear stretch of road. The drives get pissed off when such things happen in the morning. Just my way of teaching them a lesson. 

I guess that the list could go on and on… but I will have to stop here now. I am sure that if the drivers are more disciplined, the traffic situation will be much better.

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5 Responses to “Traffic Situation”

  1. ShivA said

    lol i have never seen this side of you hahaha the anniyan on the chennai roads teaching bus drivers a lesson !! bravo my friend I am really proud !!

  2. Pradeep Sriram said

    there are some pateneted bangalore traffic behaviors:
    benzene ring: this happens in a 4 way intersection…..everyone wants to go at the same time, so they all jam the road in the middle making a ring formation.
    foot path rally racing: the bikers are specialists in this. race away on the foot path and bash into pedestrians armageddon style!!!
    mid road bus stop: BMTC must be lauded for their placement of bus stops. after u cross an traffic intersection, there will be a bus stop. the bus will obviously stop in the middle of the road. the road will be blocked for traffic behind the bus who have a green signal. so they have to wait another 199s to get green once again….awesome!!!!!
    one way madness: the best way to get to point B from point A is through ZYX….B. This is bcos all other roads are 1 ways. distance by walk = 200m. distance by car/bike = 2 km. …and they talk abt saving fuel.

    i can go on and on…..but all good things come to an end.

  3. Sankar said

    yeah… talking about saving fuel… I am sure that if the traffic situation improves, there will be huge saving on the fuel bill which will go a long way in cutting India’s fiscal deficit.

  4. Sudha said

    Hey,

    Never knew this sankar before 🙂
    u are so very different in this post.
    2yrs of driving down daily to office in these conditions, perfectly valid reason for all these anger in you
    gotto agree with all that you got to say here, at least we could manage when driving on 2 wheelers, but with cars there is no way u can drive it easy for at least a small stretch

  5. Sudha said

    Hey,

    Never knew this sankar before 🙂
    u are so very different in this post.
    2yrs of driving down daily to office in these conditions…perfectly understandable for all these anger in you.
    Gotto agree with all that you got to say here, at least we could manage when driving on 2 wheelers, but with cars there is no way u can drive it nice and easy for atleast a small stretch.

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