Up ahead: Commonwealth woes Start now

As part of the preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Delhi Traffic Police will begin blocking one lane of several carriageways across the city to test a traffic plan that will be in force during the Commonwealth Games in October. The restrictions will be in place for all 24 hours of the day and are likely to stay in force till and during the Games.
Doesn’t the Delhi Traffic Police know that the traffic in Delhi is as it is chockablock, that it now plans to further congest it? While this plan may help ease commuting for the Game participants, what about the public?
My office is in Gurgaon, and I drive down the 45 KM from NOIDA in about 90 minutes (if I leave office before 5:30 PM). Unfortunately, a good portion of the carriageways where these restrictions will apply fall within the route I take to office. So my travel time is bound to increase substantially. Don’t even want to think b how much!
Why isn’t the media talking about this and what about the already suffering public that is about to be hit with yet more suffering?
If someone doesn’t create a noise about this soon enough, countless motorists such as I are doomed. Especially, if you take into account how impassible Delhi roads become just after 30-minutes of rain, imagine what will happen when the monsoon hits us with full force.

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  • Nirmala
    July 19, 2010 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    Hey Manu,
    How are U ? Just be Patient.
    Patience is the hallmark of success Patience has to be followed in office or while travelling on the road. In India, whether it is Hyderabad or Delhi it is one and the same Public doesn’t follow any rules and regulations of traffic. People show their attitude in the last moment of starting from home.Traffic police also lay rules to extract money from public. Commonwealth Games or film shooting will be a agenda which the government prioritize these issues more than our security or safety so to live in India is be patient and practice a habit of let live policy There are some ways to be patient- chant some mantras, talk on the phone during break to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, look at the scenery, sings some songs that you make up, look at the other people driving, brings lots of snacks

  • June 24, 2010 - 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Manu u asked, “Why isn’t the media talking about this?” …they wont until there is some news that can help them cook their curry. And I don’t understand why we need someone else or Media to raise our voice? The country is going to political dogs, they all are busy eating our IT tax. And I remember your most famous saying, of course you said this in context with racing/fighting with Auto Rikshaw guys, but I find it relevant while talking altercation with political dogs: “Unka Kuch Naheen Jayega Aur Hamara Kuch Naheen Bachega” (They wont loose anything and we wont be left with anything).

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