Take Diversion – BBMP Work Under Progress
In all of India, we drive on the left side of the road. In Bangalore, we drive on what is left of the road.
I was riding to work today thinking about what my next blog topic would be, and suddenly there was this crater in front of me. Yes, I meant crater itself. It certainly did look like a meteor had left its mark. I haven’t traveled through too many roads in Bangalore, but from what I have seen, I believe Bangalore sees quite a few meteor showers.
Apart from the fact that this causes a jam in traffic or that it could mess with the suspension of the vehicle, these “craters” make Bangalore roads very unsafe. As it is, we have more than enough drunken driving cases every Friday or Saturday night (or even a weeknight for the really fun ones). The pathetic roads just add on as an extra reason for the folks drunk drivers/riders. For a person driving under the influence, this “crater” is more like the Grand Canyon.
I am in no way supporting drunken driving. It is a cardinal sin. But the sorry state of the roads here don’t help the cause either. There are certain under repair roads, which have been blocked for ages. Finally when the road opens up, there really isn’t too much change. Have any of you gone on the road between the HAL signal and Old Madras road? 5 years ago, this road was a pleasure to ride/drive on. Not too wide, but enough for 2 buses to go side by side. It had trees on both sides provide ample shade, and a serene green environment. Today that road is anything but that. All the trees are gone, in the name of road widening. The sides of the road are being “worked on”. The dust makes you feel you are in the Sahara desert in the middle of a sand storm, and for some reason the remaining part of the road suddenly has its crests and troughs.
The NICE road is a wonderful road. In fact all the roads that have tolls are nice. But that comes at a price. This leaves me wondering. All the money from road tax, where is it going?
P.S. I am in no way looking to criticize Bangalore, nor am I saying anything about the roads in any other city. I stay in Bangalore, and this directly affects me. Thus the post. Namma Ooru Bengaluru. 🙂