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.