Monday, March 27, 2006

Worst of Bangalore traffic I have seen ...

Bangalore traffic! huh!! No need for any preface!

We, bangaloreans, have lot of stories to tell, most of them talk about long frustrating waits. This one's a little different and disturbing.

Kemp Fort on airport road is one of the major traffic bottleneck for people commuting from airport to the city. On a weekend morning, I dropped a friend of mine at the bangalore domestic airport and was getting back home. As usual, there was bumper to bumper traffic at this particular section.

The moment I reached there I heard this very irritating honking. It was one maruti esteem 2-3 cars ahead of me and the driver was shouting. At first, I didnt realize what exactly he was talking. But, he looked completely panicked. I ridiculed him for not being patient about this traffic as it was really annoying to everyone around.

In few more second, I could hear what he was really shouting, "Please let me go, I need to get to Manipal hospital urgently". I saw a woman panting very heavily sitting next to that man. She was vomitting and definitely needed to get to the hospital.

That car had another line of cars in front and 2 buses standing next to each other. These buses had blocked the entire view and noone could imagine what really has happened. It could just be a red light, but there was no clue that even the driver could find out, obviously he panicked!

I realized how serious this situation is. I looked around and found all of them looking at him. There was no way that anything could have been done. Manipal Hospital was still few more blocks ahead and the traffic was not completely stand-still, it was crawling very slowly. That man was continuously shouting and looking at the lady if she is alright. The car was surrounded by other cars there was no way that others could have let him go ahead. completely helpless !

Another few minutes time, the buses moved forward and it seemed like the traffic cleared. The cars in from of this car cleared the way. I saw that car enter the Manipal Hospital entrance.
I reached home, sat down in my chair and could not stop myself thinking about this incidence.

3 comments:

Adhiraj Joglekar said...

Almost 10% of the global road traffic accidents occur in India. Much of the world wide web is full of sarcasm & mocking of the indisciplined driving on Indian roads. Unfortunately in since 60 years since independence the authorities have failed to publish a National Highway code. Licences are given to anyone who can demonstrate an ability to use the clutch-accelerator, consequently the motoer driving schools teach just that and no more. Concepts such as - blindspots, principle of MSM, the tyre & tarmac rule, 2 second gap and most improtantly giving way are not known to the average Indian driver.

This site http://driving-india.blogspot.com/ has been created with the purpose of providing driver education and training to all Indian road users. It is by far the most comprehensive website providing training in defensive driving. Learning simple road habits can make our roads safe and also free up congestion caused by traffic chaos.

At present 17 driver education videos aimed at changing the driving culture on Indian roads are available. The video are unique in that the footage is real life action from streets of London. We have copied the Western habits: Replaced the dhoti with denim, high rise buildings for Indian cottages, burgers and coke instead of Indian breads and perhaps sugarcane juice. Surely we can copy the Western ways of travelling too.

To watch the videos, interested readers may visit: http://driving-india.blogspot.com/

The videos cover the following topics:

Video 1: Covers the concept of Blind spots
Video 2: Introduces the principle of Mirrors, Signal and Manoeuvre
Video 3: At red lights, stop behind the stop line
Video 4: At red lights there are no free left turns
Video 5: The Zebra belongs to pedestrians
Video 6: Tyres and Tarmac (rather than bumper to bumper)
Video 7: Merging with the Main road
Video 8: Leaving The Main Road
Video 9: Never Cut Corners
Video 10: Show Courtesy on roads
Video 11: 5 Rules that help deal with Roundabouts
Video 12: Speed limits, stopping distances, tailgating & 2 seconds rule
Video 13: Lane discipline and overtaking
Video 14: Low beam or high beam?
Video 15: Parallel (reverse parking) made easy
Video 16: Give the cyclist the respect of a car
Video 17: Dealing with in-car condensation

Many thanks

sasosafetysigns said...

In big cities maximum dangerous accidents happens, these accidents can be stop if given points will meet:
1) Strict rules and implementation of the laws
2) The people must realize themselves and respect the laws
3) Good roads and maintenance by the Government
Traffic Safety Supplies

prakash said...

first things there is no proper traffic police to control the traffic , i seen in many place in bangalore ,, they will work for any politician or higher people only ... if they planned to travel means there will full traffic clear in road every 100 mtr 1 police will be clearing the traffic by telling move move .... moves fast ... and clear traffic ......... y cant they do it daily ..................