Saturday, February 05, 2011

Roadblocks

This is yet another travel related post. A little different as it is about what happened before the travel began. I usually take the airavat from near Christ college in bangalore. Almost all the buses going via hosur stop there to pick up passengers. Yesterday, when I was taking the U turn, we realised the traffic was blocked from one signal to the next. I got down from the vehicle and ran in the road to reach the bus stop. I notice that there is one bus parked near the bus stand thats obstructing the traffic. Unable to stop in the stand, other buses were picking passengers from the middle of the road and taking their own sweet time establishing identities and trying to fill the bus. I was just watching the drama and for want of a better word, the only thing i have to say about citizens of our country is irresponsible.

There were people painting the divider black and white and cordoning off another small area effectively reducing the space available for movement. Thankfully a single traffic constable came and tried his best to make vehicles move in a single file and asked them to park a little ahead of the bus stop. Even then, there was this bus going to villupuram that stopped behind the broken down bus and waited for some idiot who was not in the stop at 11 for a 9.30 bus. It was waiting there for 10 mins and effectively blocking the road. The poor constable just stood a little ahead going forward and started diverting the vehicles.

The icing on the cake was the driver and the conductor of the bus that was causing all this trouble were sleeping inside. I don't know whats the procedure to remove buses with issues, but whatever it is the process has to be made faster. 1.30 hours and there was no relief at hand.

1 comment:

Sastry said...

I agree with the theory behind this article. But i think a small correction is needed. The passenger f0R 9 PM would have most probably showedup, waited for an hour and left... and your bus being late, could have waited for a passenger who had already left long before it reached.... anyway... the rule of thumb is - "never board any private bus... apsrtc is always the best"