Friday, April 20, 2007
Delhi’s traffic is a nightmare
Awaken from the slumber

Delhi’s traffic is a nightmare. Those who drive on these roads know how bad it is. Here is an incident that occurred two months ago:
My daughter is not very familiar with Delhi roads and one day while driving in south Delhi she lost her way. She approached a traffic policeman (who according to her appeared Shareef) for directions. As he was explaining to her the route, he noticed a speeding blue line bus. He ran and stopped it and asked the driver to produce the papers. The conductor got down and quickly handed over a hundred rupee note instead of papers. The bus was let off and he continued to explain the route further. Fortunately, he guided her correctly and she reached home safely, so he was definitely shareef to some extent

But since 9th April 2007 Delhi Traffic Police has woken up from their deep slumber and are seriously prosecuting violators. How long this enthusiasm lasts is a big question mark. As for now, Delhi's traffic has become a little better and it is really pleasing to see vehicles halting before stop line as the traffic light turns orange. Earlier even as the light turned red, vehicles kept speeding till the vehicles from other directions made it impossible to move further. All the loud music systems and tinted glasses have vanished from the cars. At present it seems too good to be true. May God bless all i.e. vehicle owners, pedestrians and the Delhi traffic police.

Here is a report from Delhi Traffic Police as to what they achieved in Three days:-

In pursuance of the directions of Hon’ble Delhi High Court of Delhi dated 26.3.2007; Delhi Traffic Police has started a special enforcement drive against the traffic violators w.e.f. 9.4.2007. Traffic Police officers and men were deployed at important intersections/roads in Delhi. During this drive in last three days, 22,196 violators have been prosecuted and a sum of Rs.99,54,100/- was realized as fine from them. Out of which, driving licenses of 4,435 violators were punched and 1,111 vehicles have been impounded.


posted by upinder kaur at 4/20/2007 09:36:00 AM | Permalink |


  • At 20 April 2007 at 5:25 PM, Blogger Sifar

    Good News. But will it last? Or will the Traffic Cops (or Thieves) will start benefiting form it soon.

  • At 21 April 2007 at 12:32 AM, Blogger Prabhu Singh

    Your narration reminds me of being in Delhi, perfect description.

  • At 21 April 2007 at 5:51 AM, Blogger Angad Singh

    wow...that is good...hope it lasts long now

  • At 21 April 2007 at 3:10 PM, Blogger upinder kaur

    Frankly speaking I am not very optimistic about this change lasting for ever...
    I have seen such many "special enforcement drives against the traffic violators " earlier. Usually their enthusiasm dies out in a week.
    This time its already about three weeks and they are still active.
    Lets hope for the best

  • At 23 April 2007 at 9:53 AM, Anonymous toni kaur

    Hoping the change lasts as long as possible. Should enforcement regress, let's hope conditions aren't as nightmarish. Somehow, right?

    Here in the States, laws regarding car window tint vary from state to state. People who have had serious bouts with skin cancer are sometimes instructed by their dermatologist to tint their car windows. I believe these folks carry documentation, which is especially handy when crossing state lines—in case they are stopped by police and find their shade of tint beyond the legal limit in that state. This is probably more info than necessary, but when I read about the tint, it reminded me of a little thought habit of mine that keeps me from reflexively furrowing my brow and assuming the worst when I see a car with super dark windows. I think: Hey, that driver or someone in his family might suffer from skin cancer.

    Hope all's well with you and yours. :)