Roads in India are now too small to handle the increasing traffic of the country. The traffic in the country has got so out of control that no matter how good the roads are, they don’t seem to be able to handle the traffic. We have a lot of flyovers to reduce the congestion, but, at times, they don’t seem to help much either.
What is the primary problem, you ask?
Every person in our country, no matter who they are, rich or poor, has two ‘basic things.’ Water and clothes? NO. Food and water? NO. The two ‘basic things’ that every family has are a mobile phone and a vehicle. Yes. Almost everyone has them. And that is the root of the increasing traffic on the roads of the country.
Another major problem is that there are no proper footpaths, forcing pedestrians to walk on the roads, which are supposed to be for the vehicles. That is also a contributing factor to the traffic. Even if there are footpaths for the pedestrians to walk on at various places, they are occupied by beggars, vegetable sellers (carts), fruit sellers, and lots of other stuff, including trash, which leaves no place for the pedestrians to walk. Why a footpath then? I see no use of it anymore!
India has the highest number of road accidents every year. Everyone here seems to have something really important to do and is so rush that they can’t spare time to follow traffic signals! Signals aren’t there for no reason, you know? When people start taking control of the roads themselves, that’s where accidents begin. Carelessness, need for speed, reckless driving, driving in the wrong direction, and mainly traffic are the main cause of accidents. Who causes them? We, the people of the nation – our carelessness, our reckless driving cost people their lives sometimes.
What about road rules? We have a lot of traffic rules, yes. But who follows them? Only a select few. There are many two, three, and even four-wheel drivers who are not aware of the traffic rules. Some others choose not to follow traffic rules even when they are well aware of the consequences of not being careful.
Why don’t they? Is it because following rules is boring? There are breaks in the divider, at which two-wheeler and three-wheeler drivers take U-turns. They are so busy that they can’t even drive until the next U-turn and then back again. Breaks in the divider and people just turning like this cause a huge problem to the people driving behind them. They don’t think about the people around them. They only think of themselves and their comfort. We have really become a selfish nation.
There is so much traffic around, and there’s seldom reaching on time! Everyone hurries so much, but no one actually moves fast. The hurry makes it slower for everyone.
To avoid traffic congestion, the number of people who use their own vehicle should be reduced, and the number of people who use public transport should be increased. That way, traffic, as well as pollution is reduced. The initiative taken by the Delhi Government, the ‘even number plate day and odd number plate day,’ would really help reduce pollution and traffic.
If traffic rules are properly followed, the number of accidents and the traffic on the road will definitely reduce. Commuting will be no problem in India.