Ashok Nagar traffic changes
Couple of days ago, the Chennai Traffic Department imposed some changes to the traffic on Asok Nagar-Asok Pillar-Udayam Theatre route. Here’s some snaps of the utter chaos that prevailed there on that day.
From the looks of it, I think these changes are also going to solve as much congestion as the traffic change in ‘Chinnamalai-alexander square’ road did. They removed all signals on that stretch and replaced those lights with human traffic police who now stand there on the road all day sweating in the sun stopping vehicles for pedestrians to cross the road. Yeah, the change did make a little difference. But, was it really worth it? Today, that change is just an excuse for autodrivers to charge you more.
En vazheee….. Thaneeeee Vazheee……
No. This is not from a Chiranjeevi starrer!!! The auto driver is coming on the wrong side of a one-way road. Inspite of repeated warnings and shoutings from onlookers as well as Policemen, AND the markings on the road, he kept on driving. Till one officer decided to stop him the ‘Rajni’ way!!!! The brave gentleman literally stopped the autorickshaw by placing his foot on the front wheel!!!
Here’s a close-up of the stunt!!! I just loved the expression and the pose!!! If you really brighten up the photo, you can actually see the autodriver grinning!!! The nerve he has!!!
Jokes apart, I really appreciate the patience of these policemen. What made this auto driver think that the one way rule didn’t apply to him? I heard that the police had faced similar insults and disobedience from MTC drivers as well. This can happen only in India. If it were some other developed country. This autodriver would have been arrested and taken into custody from that spot itself. If it were middle east, he would have been half-beaten to death on that spot before being thrown behind the bars for a good part of his life!!!
The police are trying really hard to solve the traffic conditions. And failing miserably. I wonder how long it is before they realize that infrastructural solutions will not solve traffic problems in the long run. Driving discipline and following rules will.
Why is the whole world driving on the wrong side??? Or is it me who is on the wrong side??????
This gentleman here is endangering his life as well as the lives of the two kids by driving in the opposite direction in a one-way road. What was he thinking? “The whole world can follow rules. But, those rules are not for me!! If I can save Rupee 1.00 worth of petrol, then I will even risk killing the kids!!!! To hell with dumbos who follow the rules.”
In the first snap you can see another moron in a yellow bike, following this guy on the wrong side. Hey, I can break the law as long as I am not the only one doing it!!!!
Chaos in front of Udayam Theatre
So, with the new traffic rules, all vehicles going to Vadapalani and 10th Avenue have to touch this junction. This junction is mostly crowded with people entering and exiting Udayam theatre. The snap is a typical scene. See all those people standing there discussing, chatting, gossiping with their vehicles parked on the road. This idle crowd has taken up almost half of the road. And Of course, there are a lot of Vehicles trying to break out of the traffic flow and enter Udayam theatre and other business establishments on that side!!!
They told me not to talk while driving
Yeah! They told me not drive and talk on a cell phone. They didn’t tell me that I cannot stop in the middle of the road, forcing the rest of world drive around me while I converse at my own ease!!! This is called freedom!!! Where else in this world can you stop your vehicle in the middle of the road for a personal reason!!!!????????
A typical interchange
Having interchanges is a bad idea in a world which doesn’t understand indicators (blinkers). On Indian roads, No one respects each others right of the way. It’s your road and your own. You keep on driving the way you want. If others value their life they should be careful!!!
Aah.. the ‘kolams’ by the traffic department
I wonder how many recognize this pattern on the ground. You can see them at all the junctions. These patterns are actually the spaces where vehicles from the right-most lane can move the left most lane in one go or vice-versa. The problem is with chennai’s traffic population, this small stretch of land doesn’t serve the purpose of allowing a driver to move from one extreme end to the other. Especially since other drivers attach no meaning to your blinkers/indicators blinking like crazy!!!!
The Oneth, Twoeth, Threeth… No, it’s not Shakespearean language
How pathetic that no one in the traffic department actually checked these boards before putting them up. Or did they actually check and found no issues with it? Let me think… At which grade (standard) do you learn to say 1st-first, 2nd – second, 3rd-third, 4th-fourth…… aahh, what’s the point anyway. This board was read by many driver as 11th instead of 1st. And I really don’t think the drivers are to be blamed here. The traffic changes almost every month. Why can’t the road layouts change as well?