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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Pune has no traffic sense

Category: Misc Pune city

There is no traffic sense in Pune.

People don't understand the difference between a red light and a green light.

This is for all those *educated* people who don't follow traffic rules.

What is the use of an education, and of earning thousands of rupees, and wearing branded clothes, using the latest cell phones, and driving the costliest cars, if your education, values, upbringing, and ethics don't make you understand the difference between a R-E-D red light and a G-R-E-E-N light?

It irritates me to find perfectly educated youngsters not following traffic rules, as if the signal is for a music show and not to control traffic.

This is for those people in Pune who are in such a hurry that they don't have a minute to stop at a traffic signal.

Bombay is a hundred times faster than Pune, and yet, even illiterate taxi drivers stop at a relatively empty road on a Sunday afternoon, even when the light is amber let alone red, so what is it that prevents people from Pune from obeying the traffic rules?

I've been to Hyderabad, Secunderabad, and Bangalore, and I've found that traffic sense in those cities is nowhere near Bombay, however, they do follow the traffic rules, at least on the major roads. In Bangalore people follow the traffic rules, Hyderabad lacks in traffic sense, but it isn't as bad as Pune.

My city needs an education about red, green, and amber lights, and the meaning of zebra crossings.

If there is one thing I'd like to change in Pune, it would be the traffic sense.

And pray, why were the traffic signals switched off at some places on Sundays? Is it because, as it is, people don't follow the signals, so why to keep them on?

Pune has pretentions to professionalism and to being a metropolis.
Inculcating traffic sense is the first step towards becoming a metropolis.