Sunday, October 28, 2007

Breaking traffic rules is quite easy here!

Breaking traffic rules is quite easy here!
DH News Service, Bangalore:
Are you tired of traffic rules in Bangalore? There is a place in the city, where you dont have to follow any, but at your own risk...

National College Circle in Basavanagudi, at the intersection of Vani Vilas Road and K R Road, underneath the flyover, seems to be free from all traffic rules or at least, the commuters don’t bother to follow them.

This is where Bindu, student of Sri Bhagawan Mahavir Jain College (SBMJC) and a milk vendor Ramanna met with a fatal accident on Friday.

Traffic flows from all the directions to all others, depending on the immediate convenience or wish of the commuters at the junction. Even the one-way diagonal road is used for two-way traffic. There is no traffic signal at the junction.

Some traffic policemen were deployed at the circle on Saturday, following the accident but people continued to disobey the traffic rules. Finally, Basavanagudi traffic police barricaded a part of Vani Vilas Road towards National College, to prevent people from going to K R Road by taking a left turn at the intersection despite there being a provision for taking a safe turn before the junction.

“There are no traffic cops at the junction and commuters don’t bother to stop for vehicles coming from the other sides. Traffic violations are common at the intersection”, said Pradeep, student of I semester, BCom, SBMJC.

Before the flyover was constructed around three years ago, there was a circle and a traffic signal at the junction, said Usha, student, final year BCA, National College, Basavanagudi.

Sona - the two-year old daughter of Sangeeta Bohra (33), is asking for her mother and wondering where she has gone. Sangeeta is still in the ICU at Bangalore Hospital, where she was admitted after she was seriously injured in a road accident at National College Circle on Friday.

Sona was also injured in the accident and has stitches above her left eyebrow. Her left eye is swollen while her brother Shrey (7), a student of Class I in Jain Vidyalaya, also has an injury on his left eyebrow.

An injured Shrey gave his father Kishore Bohra’s number to a passerby, who informed him about the accident. Shreyas also informed his father that the bus that hit them was not a BMTC bus but a college bus, said Kishore. The family was injured when the autorickshaw in which they were travelling was hit by a bus belonging to Acharya Institute of Technology.


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