Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Travel in Bangalore...

[Category: General]

(Start of Rant)

Last week I had a pleasure of traveling some distances in day time (both peak and off-peak hours) in Bangalore. The driving experience was pathetic! It took me on an average one hour to travel 10 miles. And this was not only on week days, but on weekends too.

For instance, passing through the famed Cubban Park area, across which the Karnataka Power center resides, and of which the AssministrationTM (Pun intended) is so proud of, took 20 minutes, not unlike the rest of Bangalore. It is just about one km. long.

Everyone knows that Infrastructure in Bangalore is a serious mess, but the AssministrationTM belives in only creating one ways and road humps, none of which is a solution to increasing traffic. I think it is high time Bangalore Govt. realizes this. The better solutions may be:

1. Build flyovers (and complete the ones which AssministrationTM started three years back. It takes this long only in Bangalore!)

2. Get the Metro Rail track on fast track. (not what they did to International Airport, wherein it took 10 years just to decide the project and consortium!)

3. Control day time traffic by carrot and stick approach, a la Singapore.

4. And please, please make public transportation accessible to non-Kannadigas too. Only in Bangalore, you can find a local bus boasting all advertisements in English, Number plate in English, even the small tag "Body built by KREC or something" in English, but THE ROUTE info IN KANNADA only. Here goes the metropolis-ness [sic] of "namma Bangalore"!

Cheers to the AssministrationTM!

(End of Rant)

8 Comments:

I agree with all your comments on the pitiable nature of Bangalore's infrastructure. I guess an administration that just sits on its behind and tons of people pouring in from all over the country just adds to the pressure.
But, I do think getting around in banglaore for non-kannadigas is just as easy. The people are usually friendly and speak most if not all south indian languages and of course, hindi is understood by most. Yes, I do know that you will come across some people who do not fit the above description but I think they are more the exception rather than the rule.
on 8/10/2005 03:52:00 PM  
Dilip,

I didn't mean that people are not friendly, or that non-Kannadigas find it difficult to get around. I don't know Kannada and never felt the need for.

But my point is the attitude of Administration and not people. Sorry if I was not clear!
on 8/10/2005 07:20:00 PM  
Partly the fault lies with the government and partly not. Consider the state mumbai was thrown into. But state govt just can't be blamed for all this. I have an example for Chandra Babu Naidu took Hyd to a diff level. Hyd has a pretty good infrastructure. He neglected the other parts of the state.
What happened to his govt ?
The state govt wouldn't invest so much money just on the cities as the state wouldn't be happy seeing the tax revenues diverted only for the development of the cities. These big cities are bursting with people from all over the country, they pay taxes to the govt the central govt should also be involved. Companies or agenicies should be involved. Why can't the companies which house so many employees take initiative to build a better state. They just want their business so does everyone. So how will things move?
They stay the way they are and we complain about the state they are in :)
on 8/10/2005 07:44:00 PM  
HF :) ;)

abt ur commments on stamford....yeah...its a cool little city....the richest county too.....if u want to stay at a quite little really comfy place then its the best...if u prefer more action then go to some place like nyc ....personally i prefer nyc too...coz its buzzing like a beehive all the time ;).....by the way r u on orkut somewher?
on 8/11/2005 12:19:00 AM  
Venus,

Though I certainly don't fancy anyone responsible for this mess reading my blog or giving a damn about the suggestions, I am sure that may be some where some good soul will get an idea and courage to relay his/her opinion. I'm just humbly trying to spark and interest and awareness.

Now coming to your point of HYD v/s BLR... you know, the taxes in Bangalore are highest in India. and Infrastructure the worst. I'm wondering where the money is going. AP Govt did good work but still lost not because of just this reason, though this is made out to be that way. I guess the "Lets have a change" syndrome work against Naidu.

Even Krishna lost for the same reason, but he didn't do even half as much as Naidu did for HYD. 

Posted by leoptimiste
on 8/11/2005 01:59:00 PM  
You didnt feel the need for Kannada eh? Good for ya. Ok one small thing. It is l'optimiste and not le optimist. on 8/12/2005 12:01:00 PM  
You didnt feel the need for Kannada eh? Good for ya. Ok one small thing. It is l'optimiste and not le optimist. on 8/12/2005 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous:

Can you please be clear and bold enough to leave your name?

And yes, it is le + optimiste = l'optimiste, but try putting l'opitmistemusings in blogspot and you'll realize that " 's " are not allowed!

Good Luck!
on 8/21/2005 02:10:00 PM  

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