Do we deserve better infrastructure?

18 Oct

Give our guys powerful automobiles and good roads and they drive like maniacs. Yesterday’s accident in Bangalore reinforces this opinion. I have seen these Volvo busses on Mysore road weaving in and out of traffic like motorcycles. These vehicles are easy to drive and have automatic transmission (unlike our other busses where the driver breaks his back to change gears). The result is that these guys drive like maniacs. I think these buses need a “governor” to control speed. My heart goes out to these people who were killed and hurt by the bus accident. It was not brake failure. The guy was trying to overtake someone and ended up on the wrong side of the road.

As I mentioned we found one Volvo (govt bus) weaving between lanes on Mysore road. When confronted he said “I drive it fast because it goes that fast”. So much for safety.

Another example, a few months ago the road in front of my house got reliad. For the longest time this road was full of bumps and potholes. Traffic on the road was slow but it was safe. Now with the new road newly laid, we now have cars, call center vans, school vans, motorcycles etc going at breakneck speeds. The road has now become a death trap. Just a matter of time before someone gets hurt. We have told the police about this but they do nothing. Fortunately someone is starting to build a house on the street, soon they will cut the road for their pipes which will then cut speed.

So do we deserve better infrastructure or do we need to drill  civic sense into people?


13 Responses to “Do we deserve better infrastructure?”

  1. rk October 18, 2006 at 6:29 am #

    very well written, vijay.
    when i read that the foolish driver sped away after killing and injuring the people, felt that the angry people should have caught hold of him and then thought of doing what they did (burning vehicles, i.e. which was again a foolish act).
    we need to drill civic sense into people i feel. a related article worth reading:

  2. Kishor October 18, 2006 at 12:05 pm #

    We need to inject good traffic sense for motorists in Bangalore. I’ve seen cases where in ambulances were chased by two-wheelers in breakneck speed. We just don’t care for our fellow motorists while at wheels. After coming to Oman, I am just getting to understand how good traffic manners can be cultivated and practised too.

  3. Vijay October 18, 2006 at 12:30 pm #

    Kishor.. who bells the cat?

  4. Kishor October 18, 2006 at 12:57 pm #

    We, the people!

  5. travel plaza October 18, 2006 at 1:40 pm #

    Well written Vijay. I am at a loss to comment about this post. I don’t know where to begin and I’m afraid, once I do, my comment will turn into a post. There is so much to say. Definitely, people need better traffic sense. What is sad is that if someone is following the rules of the road, often, other motorists get impatient with that person and call him/her names and laugh at them…..I’ve see this happen many times.

  6. Vijay October 18, 2006 at 1:57 pm #

    TP: Truly spoken… We now have an interesting situation in India, modern day infrastructure (kinda) and cars and a mentality that is frozen in time.

    Another example, the B’lore-Mysore road is fantastic now. Cars are going on it at great speeds. Yet you have tractors and M’cycles coming on the wrong side of the road just because they dont want to go in the right direction and make a U turn…

    There I go again.. as you said this is turning into a post.

  7. rk October 19, 2006 at 6:44 am #

    sorry to go off topic vijay, just wanted to wish you and your family a very happy deepavali. may god bless us all.
    best wishes

  8. Vijay October 19, 2006 at 7:18 am #

    Thank you RK…. best wishes to you and the familay as well…

  9. Kishor Cariappa October 19, 2006 at 9:08 am #

    Happy Deepavali to you!

  10. Vijay October 19, 2006 at 9:42 am #

    Kishor happy Deepavali to you as well. How are you celebrating in Oman?

  11. Kishor Cariappa October 19, 2006 at 11:17 am #

    Celebrate by visiting friends, temples, munching sweets….long list

    Yeah, we have a lonngggg Eid holidays full of next week. Combined it is Diwali Mubarak for us 🙂

    I don’t think I must ask how do u celebrate in Bangalore;) One thing I miss is the ‘ear-blowing’ sound of crackers!

  12. Mysorean October 20, 2006 at 9:04 am #

    Frankly Vijay: No idea. Whatever we do, this thing seems to hang on.


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