Ik ‘Cars’ ka Darya Hai…

For the past couple of days I have been passing through these mini ‘cars kay darya’ (rivers of cars). Traffic jams are now a part of my life but these new mini jam-like formations were a bit annoying.

Cars Ka Darya

Cars Ka Darya

The first day was the toughest I guess. When I approached to plunge the first mini jam, I was wondering what was causing it (I passed through two more on my way to office). I tried using up all my grey cells thinking about the reason but failed (both at using up all the grey cells as well as finding the clue to the problem). Then I uttered this a bit loudly. My confusions were instantly removed by my father. Here’s what was causing the ‘problem’:

Yello Bump

Yello Bump

These yellow speed breakers were tiny but were seemingly causing massive halts to the raging traffic. At first I was annoyed as well as furious on seeing these speed breaking, jam causing yellow elements on the Expressway. But soon I realized the purpose and calmed down.

The Expressway is not passing through far off unpopulated lands. It passes through very richly populated areas. And when this is the case, people on both sides of the divide need to cross to the other side from time to time. Generally the cars on that road are speeding and rarely ever slow down to allow the pedestrians to walk across. If that continued, it would have become a bigger ‘hell’ for the people on foot to cross the road (since the road is not better and wider, it results in more speeding cars).

So I am now welcoming these yellow speed breakers as a positive change. What about the rest of you?

10 Comments so far

  1. shaheerk on January 30th, 2009 @ 11:33 am

    Well… I guess the expressway/highway has now become a "breakaway".


  2. sufiblade on January 30th, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

    I wanted to write about this! I encountered these ridiculous breakers only last night on the way to the airport. What I didn’t like is that not a single pedestrian was using the zebra crossing. Also, they should change the name from ‘expressway’ if they are going to have THAT many breakers. And what’s with the freelane on the left? Most of the cars were happily speeding on that side. When I approached the airport chowk, I also took the left road to bypass the 45-minute traffic jam and came back via a u-turn on the other side :-/


  3. sufiblade on January 30th, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    There should be an underground crossing for pedestrians. Those who don’t want to risk being mugged can dodge the cars overhead.


  4. Talha Masood (thandak) on January 30th, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    Reminded me of Faiz’s "Do Ishq"

    :)

    Well said wasai…


  5. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on January 30th, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

    @ shaheerk
    Nice nick name for the Expressway! :-D

    @ sufiblade
    You too were stuck in that traffic jam last night? The same waves were splashing over me as well. It’s so ironic how one speeds towards Pindi and all that saved time (and more) is spent near that ‘chowk’.

    @ Talha
    I took the inspiration from ‘Jigar’ for the title. But since you mentioned it, i did read the poem ‘Do Ishq’ by Faraz. It was wonderful! Thanks for referring it here. :-)

    -Monazza.


  6. shaheerk on January 31st, 2009 @ 2:27 am

    Thank you :)

    I have experienced these too, and frankly, the cats eyes between the second and third lanes are much more "pleasing". While the extreme two lanes on the left are for buses and trucks, I don’t see any reason (now) why normal cars shouldn’t use it. For starters, you can overtake alot of slow traffic in the fast lane while maintaining your 80KM/h speed limit (ironic, init?) and secondly, you can avoid those "car dismantlers".

    And has anyone actually noted that the zebra crossings stop halfway between the road? Does that mean that people will get run over immediately (like in cartoons) once they step outside the zebra crossing? Talk about planning…


  7. sufiblade on February 1st, 2009 @ 12:27 am

    no no i wasn’t stuck in the traffic jam. i took the risk of bypassing that signal via the left freeway and then came back from the opposite side via u-turn (which means you now have to turn left for the airport without stopping). mashaAllah ain’t i clever?


  8. ibteda on February 4th, 2009 @ 7:41 pm

    I HATE them – we were getting stuck at everyone of em and now have to drive in the heavy traffic lane to make it anywhere on time. Dreading trucks anywhere near the car makes every drive extremely unpleasent.
    They should have made pedestarian bridges, the expressway was windened with billions of rupees only to facilitate the traffic flow. This totally kills the purpose.
    Having said that, I guess CDA HAD to do something after some students blocked the expressway after a college kid was run over. The breakers are here for 3 – 5 months, after which five pedestarian bridges would be up and about.


  9. danyhasan on February 9th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

    Will overhead bridges or underground crossings for pedestrians solve the problem?I doubt it. People will still use the highway putting others sanity and lives at risk.They themselves are not worried about loosing their life in the process but they dont even worry about the problems they can cause to innocent drivers who will suffer for no fault of theirs.


  10. TNT (ifti) on February 19th, 2009 @ 7:36 pm

    the pedestrians don’t even use the zebra crossing, how are they going to use overhead bridges.People are always crossing the road before that yellow line, while the zebra crossing comes after the strip causing annoyance and danger to the driver and themselves.
    Secondly to me the so called "Expressway" serves no purpose, because of the lousy speed limit. i just cant get into my head the purpose of making a 4 lane road when they had to retain 70Kph. the limit should increase to at least 100Kph.



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