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18/10/06

ZeBrAs.... CrOSSiNg....

A Zebra Crossing is called so not because any Zebras are crossing, but because the lines on the road look like the patterns on a Zebra....

And they are painted on the road, on the traffic lights so that people can walk on them when the light is red for traffic and they have to cross the road...

Now picture this...

The light is red...
There is a STOP LINE as well just next to the Zebra Crossing...
AND...

All the vehicles have stopped at the STOP LINE... none of them seem to be in a hurry... they are calm and waiting for the light to turn green... the pedestrians are walking across... and even after 30 seconds, the vehicles which includes some taxies, some two wheelers, a bus and a few rickshaws, are still there behind the stop line... just the way they stopped some half a minute back...

This was the scene in Kolkata on most of the traffic lights I crossed in Saturday and Sunday... Hats off to this behavior...

Sunday evening... back in Delhi... do I even need to tell you how the scene was...?

A big change was the attitude of the driver of the cab... while my cabbies in Kolkata were courteous and humble all the time... this guy did not know how to talk to customers...

Come a red light... and no one even probably knows that there is a STOP line... and they keep moving an inch ahead every second... and as soon as the red light turns green... they move like a bullet out of a gun... not bothering about anyone in front... God Save the pedestrians...

There used to be a no-tolerance zone on the road connecting Pragati Maidan to Mandi House Round-about... and I saw a lot of people behaving there... dunno what happened to it.. or the other no-tolerance zones in the city... do you know of any such zones in Delhi?

I am not saying that the traffic in Kolkata is any better then in Delhi... but the basic ethics of the road, at least how to behave on Traffic Lights is something that Delhi can learn from Kolkata...

7 comments:

  1. I thought that you are writing about a dream you had about Delhi roads.
    better still, i thought you actually came across such a scene somewhere.

    but sadly, Delhi ki story is far from that perfect scene.

    I don't know about any no tolerance zones. Is it where you're slapped heavy fines for everything?

    I really don't understand why Delhites are so low on patience.

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  2. really sad but even i have seen the change after coming back here....people have just stopped following rules in del........

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  3. delhi people can generally learn how to behave from people in Kolkata

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  4. # richa....
    it sure is a dream about delhi roads :(

    there used to be no-telerance zones where 24x7 monitoring of traffic used to happen and things we good there... par ab pata nai kya ho gaya...

    they say that in delhi "everyone is in a hurry, but no one has work to do..." it hurts...

    # burf..
    yes..

    # deepak...
    i know.. i hope you try to follow as many as you can...

    # soo...
    i would agree.. but i have seen some strange behaviour from people in kolkata too, which i would talk about soon...

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  5. amusing the way u described ppl scoot like a bullet as soon there is a green light and everybody moving an inch forward..... i m sure sayan wud happy with this post.... there was a thing called 'Best practice sharing' in GE.... that promoted shameless cheating.... i think we can adopt this culture from cal.....

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  6. aggression is high in delhi. But i think in bigger cities busting on the seams it is normal...I saw similar behavior in NY, even though rules are much tougher there...whereas San francisco was much much better...

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