Archive for March, 2012
The answer to reducing/managing traffic on road must lie in the origination of it: why is there so much of traffic on road? Why do we step on to a road?
- To commute to work
- To visit Government offices for paying utility bills, to get Government related work done (marriage certificate, birth certificate, court cases, registration of new house/business/piece of land, pension, driving license, arms license, petrol pump license, voter id card, pan card, adhaar id, paying challans, filing returns, collect dues from Governement, work related to state and central banks and God knows what all)
- To pay other private bills like mobile/broadband bills, credit card bills and visiting private offices like banks
- Your work involves being on the road (sales, service, marketing, delivery, advertising/journalism related jobs)
- Leisure travel
- To meet family/friends
- To go to sacred places for worshipping
- To visit places like malls, hotels, restaurants, stadiums, parks, cinema halls, bookstores, hospitals, hotels, grocery stores, local markets, car/bike showrooms, railway station, airport, bus station
- To manage traffic- you are traffic police
- The road is your job- you are a rikshaw-puller, bus driver, taxi driver, three-wheeler driver, vegetable/food vendor
- Pedestrians (if there are no footpaths to walk on)
- I can go on and on….
What is in your list that’s not covered above?
I commute to work by bus everyday and almost everyday while i sit through the journey, i look at the traffic (or chaos?) outside and wonder if situation will ever change. Mahatma Gandhi said,’ Be the change you wish to see in the world‘ and hence this blog is a step towards being a change in some way, albeit small. All of you who drive through or sit through the traffic in developing countries would be able to relate with my posts.
I intend to publish this blog to highlight problems that i see and ideas that pop in my head to resolve these problems.
I am a human being and i may also commit mistakes while driving. Thus, in my opinion it is important that before i question others, i must question myself. I must drive as per the rules before i state the problems.
Last but not the least, let’s be positive and be fair to all.
शुभ यात्रा/Happy journey!