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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Driving on Hyderabad's Roads.

Being from Pune, I didn't have to make major adjustments, still Hyderabad's driving takes some beating. Cars, buses, motor-cycles, scooters, mopeds, autos, cycles all jostling with each other trying to find a way out of non-existing space. Even with six lane roads, good street-lighting, signals working, traffic policemen on duty, still the sheer density of traffic is such that those big six lane roads too need to be widened five-fold to take in all the traffic.

Even after so many flyovers, such wide roads, still the S.P. Road (Anand Theatre, Begumpet, Lifestyle), Somajiguda, Panjagutta Circle, Nagarjuna Circle are forever in a state of traffic jam. S.P. Road is the road that connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. In the morning it takes me about 25 minutes to reach office. In the evenings, depends on what time I start for home, anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 it takes atleast 45 minutes to reach home. Last Wednesday, it took me almost an hour and fifteen minutes. There are so many vehicles in Hyderabad. The city needs more flyovers. There are quite a few of them (four, I suppose on S.P. Road itself!!) still the traffic is out-of-proportion.

Just imagine what would be the case, if Hyderabad's traffic would be on Bangalore's roads? :-)) It will take two days to clear the traffic jam! :-))

Our cities are expanding like anything and infrastructure is lagging behind.

Okay, now to the fine art of driving on Hyderabad's roads.

In a humorous way, always be ready to swear and drive fast.
Those who want to stop have brakes, why to bother! Hmm.. :-)

On a serious note, you never know from where an auto is going to turn, or from which bylane a car may suddenly appear or why would a car drive on the wrong side of the road in peak-hour traffic or why would someone park their car on the flyover in peak hour traffic, trucks breakdown, always on the bridge, parked autos turn and cross to the other side of the road without giving signals. Signals are for those who are on the right side of the road, isn't it :-) for those on the wrong side, it is understood they're going to the other side, is it so? :-))

It's fun!

The worst is cars, trucks, buses breaking-down on flyovers. That creates major traffic jams.