Gururaj’s Rumination

Rumination – The word says it all…

An offense

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It’s not new that Bengaluru (commonly known as Bangalore) Infrastructure has not been able to cope with abrupt increase in vehicular traffic. It’s very common to see potholes on most of the roads in Bengaluru. In tandem with this even the motorists have no driving sense. Everybody is in hurry to reach their destination and have less patience to bear others on road.

In such circumstances it’s quite common to see small vehicles like Mopeds, Two wheelers either driving on pavement or crossing over the road divider (Median). To admit even I used to do such non-civic things in the past but not anymore these days – I’m more civilized now ;-p

I pass through Intermediate Ring road everyday to reach my workplace. The outer ring road has two U-turns; one under Indiranagar flyover and the other near the military training school entrance. This means anyone who wishes to go the other way has to drive this approximately 1/2 km distance to come on the other side of the road. Obviously it seems painful to many to drive this extra 1/2 km distance just to reach the same point but on other side of the road. Cars drivers are left with no choice, they will have to cover this distance. But exceptional is the case for two wheelers. No, No, I’m not saying there’s a shortcut here but the fact is they can hop the median and reach the other end instantly ;-0

Median Crossing

Median Crossing

Simple and easy, isn’t it? Sounds so, but not in reality.  Let’s analyze this scenario to see pros and cons.

What are the advantages of not driving that extra 1/2 km

  1. Time saving?
  2. Less distance covered in limited time?
  3. Fuel saving?

Justified? No.

He/She is no way saving any time as they end up waiting on the median till the point there are no vehicles or even less numbers on the oncoming side. First point does not hold good.

Whilst the motorist is waiting on the median he/she is keeping the engine throttling and holding on the clutch too. So even third point does not hold good.

Second one is true only if the motorist crosses the road in a minute or two.

I don’t see any point in taking this shortcut but definitely I see a life threat. There are chances that the motorist may involve in an accident with oncoming vehicle or even in the worst case fatal enough to get killed. God’s grace nothing of such unpleasant incident has occurred till now.

What’s the point in doing something that is not beneficial but which can lead to an unpleasant incident both for him/her and also his/her family. I don’t understand when these lazy motorists will learn a lesson.

All those who do such careless driving think twice. It’s not just you but the other party (without their will) may too get involved in an accident for your wrong doing.

MAKE SAFETY FIRST, LETS EVERYTHING ELSE FOLLOW AFTER. Have a safe ride back home.

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Written by Gururaj

September 26, 2008 at 11:53 pm

16 Responses

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  1. Good one Gururaj… its just that people DONT want to follow the rules… on Mysore road Tractors and even Buses do this… just because they don’t want to travel that extra 100-200 m to make a U turn…

    Vijay

    December 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    • For these morons fuel is more expensive than lives. It’s not just their fault but the administration’s too – everything’s possible here…

      Gururaj

      December 26, 2008 at 9:16 pm

  2. Yes Nikhil ‘Sab chalta hai…’ attitude is mother of all problems. Like in the US even India should introduce the ticket system wherein after few dues the License will be canceled.

    Having said that, it again depends on our traffic cops to implement this effectively without taking bribe.

    And thanks for telling that it’s same in Pune too. Now I can point to this saying that it’s not just in Bengaluru but even states/cities have the same problem 🙂

    Gururaj

    October 23, 2008 at 12:07 am

  3. Hey,

    Its the same here in Pune. Jumping signals, lane cutting, driving on the wrong side of the road (sometimes for a few kilometers) are some things that have plagued Pune’s traffic for a long time now. The condition of the roads don’t help either.

    I think its more down to self-discipline than someone enforcing a rule on you. You can tell a person only to a certain extent – after that its up to him/her to understand and follow it. I think the standard “chalta hai..” attitude is the root cause for this. People need to be aware of the effect their actions are causing on themselves and others.

    And as you said most of the time its someone else who has to bear the repercussions, which is totally unfair!

    Nikhil Kardale

    October 23, 2008 at 12:01 am

  4. Good Thought Kid!

    You mean just outline but not educate or guide others? I hope you meant that too… 😉

    The very first thing is we should start follow the rules, and ignore others (this keeps your frustration level low). Then if possible ask your friends too do same. If this turns into a chain then one fine day we’ll be see less offenses.

    Gururaj

    October 10, 2008 at 10:57 am

  5. Yep !! You are right, as a citizen of this country and city, we should outline the drawbacks !!!

    kid

    October 10, 2008 at 9:27 am


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