What do you do when waiting at Chennai Signals ?

With increasing vehicle population at Chennai, it is a long wait at the Chennai Traffic Signals. What do you do when you are in such a situation ? When I have camera with me, I take photos. I present few images shot at the Chennai Signals

Mass  Rapid Transport System

At Poonamalle High Road on a Sunday Morning two weeks back


At Nandanam Signal on August 4, 2007

Nandanam Signal, Chennai

Again an image shot at Nandanam Signal yesterday

L B Road, Chennai

Traffic held up at Lattice Bridge Road yesterday evening

Adyar, Chennai

The wait at Sardar Patel Road near Adyar Terminus

Tidel Park Junction

Near Tidel Park. Waiting time reduces as the traffic is light in the IT corridor being a Saturday.

16 Comments so far

  1. Vivek (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 11:01 am

    It is deadly scary to live in Madras anymore. Esp the first one. I dont think even God can help India any more. India is doomed.

  2. neoflys (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    Negatives, negatives and more negatives. Why can’t any author here can focus on positivies. And the comments like above doesn’t make me feel any better of Chennai. If you authors ever change your attitude let know. till then good bye!

  3. Sanjeeva (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

    flickr is banned here at UAE. Hence i dont get to see the pictures youve posted of a place I call home……..could you upload some other way????

  4. Simi (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    @Neoflys – The author can post what he sees; the author can’t be the advocate of Chennai nor can s/he advertise all good about Chennai when the reality is otherwise – I believe. Trying to find positive things and discarding the negatives is not a healthy attitude. Whether one chooses to write about the negative things or not they remain to be what they are and continue to impact the soceity. So please wake up to the reality.

    @VIVEK: Your comments actually reflect the current situation of the majority of India; not just Chennai or any other city.

  5. Vivek (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    Because there is nothing Positive about Madras or as a matter of fact India. [ Oh Yeah there is HIV Positive :-) ]

  6. ramu (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 7:51 am

    Yes lets face it the country is doomed that is the plight of all cities of India they stink. No one follows rules, you have to pay tax plus mammul for every damm thing here. The roads are no good, no water, no electrcity etc. A normal person can’t live in India only the rich and poor can survive here as they don’t pay tax and don’t bother about a number of things. The middle class suffers and the are the ones helping the economy.

  7. Ranjith (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

    Change is not that simple in the life of Human. Think of the same chennai some 10 years back. We use to travel as three and four members in a bike. Chennai is moving fast and younger generation is making much money and getting used to it. These people [ in the first photo ] are still some 10 years back and they also need to live. It will take some time for them to change.

    Photo 2 :

    He makes your life simple. You don’t have to park your vehicle at some Maal and pay some Rs 30/= to buy that towel for your car cleaning.

    Guys :

    There are a lot of things positive about Chennai / India to write about. But these are good points to be pin pointed that our Road infrastructure is not growing as good as our vehicle population growth. We will surely achieve that with the OMR and Mahendra city to disperse the population.

    Cheers – Ranjith

  8. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

    It’s a nice idea to have a camera, but, failing that, there is the internationally accepted traffic queue occupation: picking the nose!

    But then, I expect the nose is doomed…

  9. Mustang (unregistered) on August 7th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    At least this is much better than blore traffic..

    no offense intended, but a month back, riding through 300 kms from waynad wasnt a pain compared to about riding 10 kms of blore to get to the hosur road.


  10. Ranjith (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    Hey Mustang ,

    The Bangalore Traffic is much slower when compared to chennai. I feel that Chennai deserves a much faster speed limit than the current value of 40 kmph. We can have it around 50 kmph.

    Cheers – Ranjith

  11. tamilian da!! (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

    dear chennai lovers,
    for what the hell u go to bangalore. u have all the things in chennai itelf. contribute to chennai of becoming the it hub of india. so ban-galore

  12. Mustang (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 7:40 pm


    do we ever stay below 60kmph???

    Ride safe

  13. Mustang (unregistered) on August 8th, 2007 @ 7:40 pm


    do we ever stay below 60kmph???

    Ride safe

  14. Ranjith (unregistered) on August 9th, 2007 @ 10:15 am


    I tried a couple of times to drive my car at 40 kmph. It is tough in the free flowing road. But It is true that I drive my bike only around 40kmph.

    There should be some thing like time based and road based speed limit. It is STUPID to have a whole chennai speed limit of 40.

    Hey Tamilian ,

    Bangalore started the IT revolution and is called the Silicon valley of India. Yes Chennai is becoming the next IT Hub of India. We will have Chennai ride the next wave of IT. But Bangalore climate cannot be replaced by Chennai. It is always good to take good things from them and learn the bad things of traffic from Bangalore and let us not make chennai another bangalore on Traffic..!

    One Quick question. “Have you ever been to Bangalore? If yes Why do you go there ???”

    Cheers – Ranjith

  15. tamilian da (unregistered) on August 14th, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

    mr ranjith i have been to bangalore many times just to see my relatives.

  16. kokki (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2007 @ 7:57 am

    hi Bala!
    i’m unable to see the pictures.

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