From: b sabha <bcsabha.kal...@gmail.com>
Public has greater role to play in resolving city's traffic chaos - Times of
Severe and stringent steps are required to be taken urgently, if we are to save
our roads from total chaos and mayhem
COMMENT - `Public has greater role to play in resolving city's traffic chaos'
The traffic situation on Mumbai's roads is reaching a state of grave concern.
Severe and stringent steps are required to be taken urgently , if we are to
save our roads from total chaos and mayhem.
While the authorities --BMC, government, police, transport department--have a
major role to play in resolving the many issues that plague our roads, the
general public itself has an even greater role to play , considering that the
majority of the problems are caused by sheer indiscipline, lack of obedience to
signals and traffic regulations, and utter lawlessness that road users exhibit
blatantly, defying laws, rules, regulations, even common courtesy and indeed,
It is a given, today , that hardly anyone halts at a red signal. What is worse
is, if someone does, they are sought to be intimidated by the vehicles behind,
into moving ahead, with constant honking, at times even abuses! This happens
even at pedestrian crossings and the zebra lines continue to be transgressed.
Often, regrettably , the traffic police at pedestrian junctions urge the
vehicles ahead, right onto the zebra lines, in a bid to try and diffuse traffic
jams, without a thought to pedestrians.
The problems are compounded by pedestrians jaywalking , often while talking on
cellphones, resulting in motorists having no option but to honk, leading to
noise pollution. Pedestrians sometimes jump over barricades right in the middle
of the road without a thought to oncoming traffic, even at night. A mishap, if
occurs, can then create untold problems for the hapless motorist, for no fault
Increasingly evidenced is the tendency of motorists --especially bikers--to
drive on the wrong side of the road and to completely disregard "no-entry"
signs, creating bottlenecks for the traffic coming the right way . Bikers often
get onto pavements adding to the woes of the hapless pedestrians.
While illegal parking mushrooms all over, there is the alarming increase in the
tendency of people to park not only bikes, but even cars on pavements. So,
pedestrians who are already battling against hawkers, encroachments and filth,
also have to contend with vehicles parked on pavements.
What is needed is a combined, holistic effort by all road users with sincere
efforts by the authorities concerned to address our traffic situation, which
results in more fatalities than does terror. Less tolerance and more outrage
voices against traffic offenders would perhaps help remedy the situation.
(The author is an advocate who has filed a PIL against rampant traffic
violations and indiscipline)