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Traffic woes courtesy the President’s visit

Why can’t we just grow up?? No, I mean seriously…

EVERY single time we have a VVIP visiting the city, the entire traffic mechanism gets royally thrown out of gear, and so it is going to be this weekend as well, all thanks to Madam President, who has decided to grace Pune with her presence for not one, not two, but three whole days !!!

What with the monsoon playing merry hell and freshly dug up slippery roads posing a threat to life and limb, this was the last thing we wanted now. Then to top it all, the PMC decides to suddenly resurface roads that are part of the presidential motorcade, right in the midst of peak morning traffic, causing a nuisance to office commuters. At some places, colleagues spent 1.5 hours to traverse a stretch of road that would have taken 15-20 minutes on a normal day. Most of JM Road has been turned into a No Parking Zone as Madam will be attending a function at the Balgandharva Rangamandir auditorium. Why can’t we have ‘organised traffic flow’ instead of ‘no traffic flow’??

Last but not the least, the traffic cops aka ‘mamas’ or ‘pandus’, who, with a walky-talky in one hand, merrily shut down the signals and take up the job of directing traffic flow themselves. At busy junctions, their method is to jam three sides completely while allowing one side to pass for ever, resulting in vehicles spilling on to both sides of the road, creating further chaos. With the signal on, one can expect to wait a couple of minutes, but with these guys in action, you could end up waiting for an eternity.

This kind of ‘VIP-mania’ is an Indian speciality. Will we ever get over it? I don’t think so. Do you?

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