How Bangalore uses speed-breakers instead of traffic lights..

Well, Mostly economics is trying to adjust to a new city – Bangalore – after living in Mumbai for a long time. The blogger had heard quite a bit about this garden/air-conditioned city and the weather is clearly a pleasant surprise.  The city does not stand to its garden city tag but is nice to see an Indian city which has some greenery left. For how long one does not know..

I was pretty curious observing Bangalore roads. A city which is expanding everyday as techies across the country come in, has really poor roads. As metro takes ages to build, people have to rely on roads. On roads, people use both private and public transport. Needless to say, private remains the preferred choice as buses are not reliable. That explains the traffic snarls on the roads and apart from its IT prowess B’lore has become infamous for its traffic issues.

I also noted that Bangalore does not have traffic signals at really important places. Interestingly, there are many speed breakers instead of traffic signals. (call them car breakers as they are really tall lumps which could break  the floor of the car). Come across a critical junction and most likely you see a lumpy car breaker and no traffic signal. Why should this be?

The roads are also cut across many places and that always halts traffic further as cars keep crissing and crossing. It is quite a challenge and one is never sure who will suddenly cross the lane from the other side. The right approach obviously is to minimise this and let people go further and take a U turn instead. But nit in Bangalore.

Mumbai is famous for its potholes but national media has been really kind to Bangalore. The holes here are actually blackholes as one is never sure whether his/her car would come back once it goes into any of the holes. The manholes on the roads are also open randomly and act as a car breaker as well.  Well, one understands the population pressure and how Bangalore was not ready to withstand the sudden surge. But why should roads be so poor

The focus of media and politicos remains on Mumbai and Delhi but not much attention is paid to Bangalore. It is a city which has been one of the main contributors in shifting India’s image from a sloppy elephant/country of snake charmers  to a IT/software powerhouse, clearly deserves a better deal.

Such poor roads is clearly such a spirit dampener. It gives a reality check to all those foreigners visiting Bangalore that India may have progressed on its software but hardware remains as bad as ever. Without proper hardware, software cannot continue the dream run forever as IT pros tell you. Talent does not wish to waste time navigating roads but work on improving products and services.

I mean it is not just roads but the complete lack of urban planning and one sees garbage all around. The city like many is crumbling not because of migrants but poor governance.

Urbanisation in India these days mean building tall elegant looking residential buildings (all costing Rs1 crore plus), fancy commercial complexes and shopping malls. One sees plenty of this in Bangalore too which is such a serious pity. No one realises that you need roads to reach these places..

The roads are also crowded with water tankers which rush to provide water all across Bangalore (though they drop half the water on their way). This is extremely worrisome as I am told city receive its fair share of rain. What is really going on?

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