Do you believe that Mumbai is the worst city as far as traffic jams, water logging and crime is concerned?

Do you think Bangalore is very chaotic in the peak hours of traffic?

Then think again because NCR (The Delhi, Noida, Gurgaon belt) is here to beat both the cities. Gurgaon and Noida were slated to be the upcoming satellite towns which were supposed to elevated the National Capital region to another era of development. A few years down the line and you can hear horrifying stories of people stuck in endless traffic jams, power cuts, muddy water supplies and people frequently robbed off their belongings using brand new methods.

My Own Sob Story

Ever since I have shifted to Delhi from Chennai, my nightmare never seems to end. Chennai was paradise in comparison and I can’t stop being nostalgic. Anyways, on 14 August there was an announcement in my office that the buses would leave at 5 pm instead of their regular 6 pm timings because it was our Independence Day on the next day. I was hopeful that I might reach home on time. Around 4 pm it started raining cats and dogs. It was such a heavy downpour that I was quite sure of the impending doom.

That day I reached home at 12 am.

Yes, you read it right. It took me 7 hours to reach home. In fact for the first 2 hours the bus was not able to move even an inch because of the jam and it took the bus 5 hours to reach the Gurgaon Toll which is a 2 minute drive from my office during happy days. The streets were water clogged and there were vehicles parked in all the wrong places on the narrow roads. Result – Utter chaos.

The Mouse Trap called Udyog Vihar

Udyog Vihar is a huge area in Gurgaon where many Office complexes are situated including mine. Its just on your left as soon as you cross the Toll if you are coming from Dhaula Kuan. The whole area is a trap specially when its raining or during the peak office hours.

I would really like to meet the planner of Udyog Vihar and kick his sorry ass with so much might that his next seven generations are going to reel in pain. The foolish guy designed the whole office complex as if he was designing a residential colony. Narrow lanes and huge offices. Its something like this –

So you can very well imagine what would happen when it rains very heavily and all the narrow roads are water clogged and more than 50 office buses and hundreds of cars wrestle for space to reach the main highway. I could never understand why it was planned like this. Leaving aside people who stay at far away places, if you are living in Gurgaon, it might take you anything between 1-3 hours to reach home in peak time. And all this is happening when Gurgaon is occupied only upto 40% of its capacity. Imagine the plight when it would be 90% occupied!!

The toll is another sob story. If you are fortunate enough to get away from the narrow roads, you can easily waste 15-30 minutes at the toll if you don’t have a tag. Huge snaking rows of vehicles can be seen there even at midnight.

Waterlogging and Delhi

MCD is one department which I fail to understand. Water logging is nothing new in Delhi but this is one department which have been very consistently successful in not providing a solution. Delhites have one

option now – Pray to god that he stops sending rains towards the city. We don’t want them anymore. Let us live in peace.

According to this report, even the water logging near the Prime Minister’s house a day before the Independence Day celebrations could not move MCD in action. They blamed it on Gods and told that its not their fault that there was too much rain in such a small span of time.

The Growth and its disadvantages

India has been developing at a phenomenal rate and the number of people who have the money to buy a car have increased many-fold. Result – According to this report, Delhi already has 51 lakh vehicles on road with 950 vehicles being added daily. I won’t be surprised if one day we won’t have space to walk. What is now required is a robust public transportation system so that people don’t find the need to take out their cars. Its a distant dream but lets not give up hopes.

Water Water everywhere, not a drop to drink

Whenever I ask someone about the problems about living in Noida, the first concern which is raised is – Water availability. I was shocked to see yellow coloured water in one of my friend’s house. People have to store water in their houses because there is no definite water supply available and the water is generally muddy and inadequate by all standards.

Another problem is public transportation. If you are staying in Noida or Gurgaon and you don’t have a car, then you are doomed. There are no public buses or autorikshaws(in Gurgaon) available and all you can depend upon is your local rikshaw wala. The situation is severe specially in Gurgaon.

Solutions anyone?

Electricity and water are two very basic necessities which are the responsibility of the Government authorities but we have to make sure that we are not misusing them. We all know this but sadly, knowing something and implementing something are two different things. Pool vehicles whenever possible and save resources whenever possible.

Three things to be realized –

  • As Spiderman’s uncle said – With great power come great responsibility. The government needs to understand that.
  • The past always has a tricky way of coming back and biting you on the ankle – Zadie Smith.
  • We need to stop multiplying like cockroaches, otherwise there is really no solution which could help us.

And, oh, before I forget in all my frustration. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!! πŸ˜€

[All the photos are taken by me while I twirled my fingers stuck in the jam. The diagram is created by me]

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016. Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping. He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

59 Comments

  1. vishesh August 15, 2008 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    lol πŸ™‚ you call chennai traffic heaven?Wow then you seriously are in a mess there πŸ™‚

  2. dinu August 15, 2008 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Oh shift !!!!!!!! 7 hours in the bus to reach home after work ?

  3. Ruhi August 15, 2008 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Lovely post Amit! Did you make that diagram yourself? 7 hours in traffic is unimaginable for me. I would have started crying…seriously. Such an utter waste of time. And that spiderman’s dialogue is totally apt πŸ™‚ I wish we had a superhero to take care of our problems…kind of like Gotham City where we need a Batman.

    Oh, and happy independence day! Did you go to see the parade, now that you’re back in Delhi?

  4. Reema August 15, 2008 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    7 hours!!! I will go mad if I’m in bus for that long. But then I can never get on a bus as I have severe motion sickness problem in buses. πŸ™‚ Your condition is really bad. Poor thing.
    I dont understand that politicians must be also facing these problems as they have to travel by these roads, then why dont they do anything about it? One thing i m really scared of is water shortage.

  5. RXK August 15, 2008 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Bhaiya… I feel sorry for you… But as they say, β€œOnly a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.” Our Indian government and visionaries fall under the same categories. Either they underestimate many right things or overestimate many wrong things… One thing that all the Indians in US will agree with me is the Road Planning and Architecture, people have developed in US, is really very impressive. Here they have kept it pretty simple, ample space for roads, at present and for future. Wherever there is a road whether it is a residential area or a downtown, either they have left lots open space surrounding or have lots of alternate parallels constructed. On a bigger scale, all states in US are connected to each other through Interstate, similar to our Highways, but they are around 5 times bigger and wider with no tolls, no signals as a thumb rule and minimum speed of around 90 Kmph… which means you cannot take Interstate if you cannot drive that fast… And for maximum, leave it to cops, they control it very easily here… Another rule of thumb is that each and every city within a state must be intersected by at least 2 interstates… You have numbered Exits on the Interstate which connect to city roads… The ingenuity in the planning can be easily realized when you come to know that US planners have even put logic in numbering these Interstate… All the odd numbered Interstate move in North and South directions and All the even number Interstate move in East and West directions only… Well, with such a long example, I wanted to stress on the importance of vision, planning and how better you see yourself in future… And these are very things which are missing with administrations in our country… But still there’s a lot of scope for improvement. Some ides on the fly can be…
    1. Make our existing Highway or Main Commuting road system more efficient.
    2. Removing all signals from Highways.
    3. Make sure that people are always moving at an acceptable minimum speed.
    4. Use the Exit system and have better connecting roads to city roads.
    5. Start funnelling the city roads in cyclic manner to control sudden traffic rush and office hour rush.
    6. We definitly need prompt and responsible Traffic Control Staff.
    7. Obviously, a better drainage system is a big help. We have been praying for that forever.

    These all were some points that were mainly on part of administration and government. What about us. We should start using Car Pools, have confidence in Public Commutation means such as Bus and Trains, must and must learn and practice good Parking habits and start respecting traffic rules.

    Apart from these ideas, I had some thought provoking ideas for better traffic condition in our cities, but they need lots of brainstorming and debates. They are,
    1. Whichever company can, it should start Remote Working Culture that includes Working from Home or small Mobile Working Stations available in a near range of each worker.
    2. Cut as much local market as we can and start adapting the trend of Local Shopping Complexes and community markets.
    3. Saggregate residential areas, industrial zones, shopping areas, institutional areas and other regions from each other yet accessible.

    Well all of these are part of learning curve of an Indian but putting the solutions and designs discussed above in action is another thing. To end, all I can say is we are the nation and we have all we need to make it as we want.

    Bhaiya, why not you start with requesting for a VPN or request to shift work hours to a bit off-hours where the office commutation will move faster and will give ease to main office hours traffic…

  6. Deepti August 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Hey Amit…

    I can really understand wut u went thru….coz i’ve been stuck that too in public transport for super long hours….
    I didn’t know that it rained so bad in delhi…that there’s water logging…….how can that happen….its mumbai’s copyright…
    I guess the municipal officials of both cities should just sit together and discuss…..newer excuses to be given why they cudn’t get it straight….yet again…

    Happy Independence day!!!

  7. Shefaly August 15, 2008 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Amit:

    Unbelievable but not surprising if that is possible. This summer, when I returned from Delhi to London, it was the first day of heavy downpours in Delhi. My flight was early and I left home in time but the water-logging was evident in minutes. What you experienced is of course months of rain and a sated soil that can take no more..

    The nightmare you describe is a combination of roads being built with little attention to sewage and drainage, and nearly non-existent civic sense and no traffic rules. Of course, what we need is specialists in each area of urban development with great project management skills, unhindered by problems such as siphoning of funds and petty politicking. And we need us all to behave a little less selfishly – all that bad parking you mention, for instance – and a little more beyond our own noses. Pretty tall order I would say. But then hey when we are in the dumps, perhaps the only way is up. One day?

    Of course the problems of the each of the main metros is unique so lessons from one cannot be applied to another. Bombay for instance spreads north-south while Delhi NCR spreads radially and then some.

    Sorry to read this. Really.

  8. Vijaya Bharat August 15, 2008 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    First Happy Independence day to u too. Next I feel very sorry for u. And I feel that this is the case with each and every city in India and this is national problem. I can tell all these points just by replacing Delhi with Hyderabad. I even saw people bringing water in thier cars (Not only for drinking, for house hold purposes also). Chennai is not less than this. As u r in ECR, u never faced this kind of problems but I strucked in bus more than 4 hours in Chennai also. I can suggest you some thing. Tomorrow onwards keep atleast 3 novels in your bag because I am sure that you can complete a novel with in 7 hours. And keep atleast food items which keep you out of hunger atleast for half day. Really I cant forget a day when I thought I will die out of hunger when I got strucked in jam and heavy rain for 4 hours. If I might have stayed one more hour in that bus, I might have asked any one if there is any thing to eat. That day is horrible. Let us pray god to give some mind to our Indian politicians and government employees.

  9. Nita August 15, 2008 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    So you are missing Chennai so much that your blogging has reduced! Well, glad to see that you are back with this great post!
    I have been hearing news about this, that Delhi is not prepared for this much rain. the weather is changing. we in mumbai are used to it, lots of rain I mean, but not delhi. from what hear rain is going to increase in delhi in the future due to global warming and they will have to do something.
    an excellent post amit!

  10. Vaibhav August 15, 2008 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    It has been total chaos. I work in Udyog Vihar, and yesterday (Aug 14) was the same for me. I had to leave office, go to the airport, pick up my father, and come back home (in Gurgaon). Even though I got lucky by taking the route from Palam Vihar to bypass the toll, it still took me 4 hours.

    I left office at 8 and reached home at 12. And this is when the traffic from the airport to home was not a problem.

    Here’s another account from last week’s chaos in Udyog Vihar: http://www.gurgaonwatch.com/some-days-its-better-to-stay-in-bed-or-in-office/

  11. smallstar August 16, 2008 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Awww I hate traffic jam!!

    *HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!* πŸ™‚

  12. sulz August 16, 2008 at 7:18 am - Reply

    gosh, the traffic jam sounds like a horrible nightmare indeed! how long does it normally take you to reach chennai by bus? i hate traffic jams, which is why i always go to shopping malls as soon as they open (so there’d be plenty of parking) and leave home early for work. that was one of the main reasons i took up the job i’m working now; it’s near my home and parking is free and easy. besides the fact that i thought being an editor sounds like what i’d like, which is not the case now that i am!

  13. rambodoc August 16, 2008 at 7:19 am - Reply

    Very good, Amit! The post, not the experience behind it!
    Batman’s uncle got it all wrong: with great power comes great opportunity, and with great opportunity comes great money, and with great money come great girls, with great girls comes great sex, and with great sex you come great….
    πŸ™‚

  14. aravind August 16, 2008 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I think we had some stupid shani grah on our head on that night……………even i was late on that night…………….
    Life in metros suck as far as this traffic and pollution is concerned……………..i really pity u guys staying in metros…………..

  15. Maddie August 16, 2008 at 9:12 am - Reply

    I totally agree with RXK. But the problem with rebuilding and segregating is that huge amount of people need to be relocated and we do not have that kind of time, nor gestation period to do that. Also, we can remodel to an extend but after a certain point of time all is a mess and needs to be build from scratch. The government would definitely not raise all buildings to the ground and rebuild everything again.

    As to the vehicles being added to the road daily, the traffic situation gets worse. Here is Singapore, the public transport is awesome. The buses and MRTs can get you anywhere you want. If you wish to buy a car, you cannot just go into the shop and book one, you need to apply for it with the government. Also, you need to pay 100% tax on it. The government has made it very simple, if the public transport is so convenient and cheap why the hell do you need cars for? The government does not encourage owning a personal vehicle. And if you do wish to own one then you got to be really really rich.

    The government planning in India really sucks. We have huge parking places in malls and multiplexes but not enough parking space in and near offices. One should think about it. And the tolerence level of Indians is see deep. We just let it happen to us and the next day forget about it.

  16. Prax August 16, 2008 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    u seem mighty pissed – by the kind of effort u have put into ur post!

    to ur predicament i quote wat the hon supreme court justices said –

    “In India, even God cannot help. He will be a silent spectator as He will also feel helpless” β€” this observation came from the Supreme Court

    on a take from gandhis quotes
    Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.

  17. Prax August 16, 2008 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    rdoc πŸ™‚

  18. riddhima August 16, 2008 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    u call mumbai bttr???????? yoooooohhhhhhhhhhhhoooooooooooo :mrgreen: hey bt in terms of crime i think delhi is neways ekdam aage then us na???????? 😯

  19. Nikhil August 16, 2008 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Happy independence day to you, man! Well, it seems that this problem is everywhere… thursday night, it was pouring so heavily that I was stuck on the same road for more than 2 hours, and reached home around 10.30… At least you were in a bus, I was frikkin riding my bike in the rain, and I didn’t want to stop in a shelter because I’d get even more delayed… Hehehe!! πŸ˜€

  20. arvind August 16, 2008 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    oh .. thats a sorry state indeed..
    I used to live in faridabad till 2004 ..and the power cuts i had faced was quite bad..daily 6-7 hours sometimes even more..
    even in night too..
    and yes chennai is a heaven ..
    but now even here cuts have started ,,not much just one hour ,.,so thats tolerable πŸ™‚

    7 hours is too much,,what if some one wants to attend natures call πŸ˜› ??

    water logging …ha ha .. there is no escape from that in india,,,

    ask for a drainage system ?? whats that .. πŸ™

    good post πŸ™‚

  21. | Balu | August 16, 2008 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    7 hours??? Why dint you walk? That is terrible… they should learn form the mistakes Bangalore made and make amends now.. else it will be too late!

  22. Amit August 17, 2008 at 11:56 am - Reply

    @Vishesh : Yes! Chennai is better any day. It was quite a laidback city and I was liking it!

    @Dinu : It was not just “Oh Shit”. It was “FUIT” – A combination of “Fu*K” and “Shit”. πŸ™

    @Ruhi : Thanks Ruhi. πŸ™‚ Yes, I made it myself in word. Well, I was almost on the verge of crying myself. The time I
    waste now a days sitting in buses is unimaginable.
    And Happy Independence Day to you too. πŸ™‚ And, parade happens on 26 Jan. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    @Reema : No. The politicians don’t share our problems otherwise they would have passed a bill right now. Most of the politicians like in that part of Delhi which has wide roads and controlled traffic, so there are no traffic jams
    there. Its the area near the India Gate.
    Thankfully, there have been no water shortage in my area yet. But its a huge problem in Noida and Gurgaon.

    @RXK : The difference between US and India is population. Today, if I have to widen a road, I might have to displace
    100 families or remove buildings near that road. I agree with you that highways should not have signals but Gurgaon is another story. There are office complexes on both sides of the highway and so they have to provide traffic signals there.
    In India we don’t think and plan. We plan and think.
    There are no parking areas in Udyog Vihar too. People leave their cars anywhere on the roads. During the jam on 14 Aug, I saw people lifting vehicles manually and removing them from roads. All I can say is that the people who planned all this had no foresight. Now we can only make amends which I am afraid might increase the chaos more. Its not like a slate where you can rub everything away and start afresh.

  23. Amit August 17, 2008 at 11:57 am - Reply

    @Deepti : Delhi used to have huge water logging problems earlier. Now a days it doesn’t rain that much. But the small amount it rains is enough to create havoc. I think the Municipal corporations must “work”. That will be sufficient. 😐

    @Shefaly : By what I saw on 14th, most of the jam was due to water logging and the way people had parked their
    vehicles. But then people can’t be blamed for parking their vehicles like this. If you are not being provided with a
    proper parking area, what are you supposed to do? You have to leave your car somewhere. Finally, many people
    manually lifted cars and placed them on different angles so that the stuck vehicles may pass. 😐 Such was the condition.
    Yes, you are right that all the metros have very specific problems of their own but the sad part is that we don’t
    learn from our mistakes.

    @Vijaya Bharat : Same to you although its a little late. πŸ™‚ Yes, I always have a book, a water bottle and something
    to eat in my bag but the point is that after sometime you get so tired of it all that you don’t feel like reading at
    all. I even keep an mp3 player. But that doesn’t solve the problem. πŸ™

    @Nita : My Blogging has also reduced because I am too busy at office at times. πŸ™‚ Yes, the climate of Delhi is
    changing. Its not that hot in summers now. The days of heat waves are gone. And its raining a lot. Its a lot colder
    now. Today in Times of India, I was reading an articles about how people in Gurgaon just want to sell off their
    property and move away.
    Thanks. πŸ™‚

    @Vaibhav : Yes, It was a nightmare. Not only Gurgaon, but then I saw jams in Mayur Vihar and Anand Vihar ISBT too.
    God knows for how long people were stuck there. I wonder what would have happened to people who had to catch a
    flight. It would have taken ages. Thanks for dropping by. πŸ˜€

  24. Amit August 17, 2008 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    @Smallstar : You have to be here to know the highest degree of it. πŸ™‚ Happy Independence Day to you too. πŸ™‚

    @Sulz : Err…I am in Delhi right now and Chennai is an altogether different city on the Southern tip of India. I was
    there earlier but now I have shifted to Delhi. I go to Gurgaon to work and on a lucky day, it takes 1.30 hours to
    reach the place from my house. πŸ™‚
    Yes, Its always great to have a house near your office. But, here even that doesn’t help. πŸ™

    @RamboDoc : Well, I don’t agree with you on the last line. Won’t that depend on your age? πŸ˜› If you are 60, then great sex won’t necessarily means a great outcome. No? πŸ˜€

    @Aravind : Hmmm…maybe. Thanks for the pity. πŸ™‚

    @Maddie : We can’t raise everything to ground once we realize our mistakes. Amends can be made but that also needs some space and planning. But since it has not been planned properly the first time, the amend will lead to more
    chaos. Delhi does not have a robust transport system. Not yet. But the government has to limit the number of vehicles on road. Its growing at an alarming rate. 51 lakhs is not a small number.

    @Prax : Supreme Court might be right but we don’t realize that so easily. Not unless a huge number of people die.

    @Riddhima : I think there is some sort of a competition between Delhi and Mumbai about which is the worst city. Delhi was lagging behind but we are catching up. πŸ™‚

    @Nikhil : Riding a bike in monsoons is another headache. Most of the bikers take shelter below the flyovers and increase the traffic jam. I hope you were not one of them. πŸ™‚

    @Arvind : Chennai is fast turning into a true blue metro. The 2.5 years I have been there, I have seen tremendous growth. So many people are coming and settling there that I am afraid that its going to turn into Delhi in a decade. πŸ™‚ Thanks Arvind.

    @Balu : I was not having energy to walk. πŸ™‚ I think its already too late although I am sure that the water logging
    problem can be solved.

  25. smallstar August 17, 2008 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    @Amit: but… I don’t want, thanks!! πŸ˜† πŸ˜‰

    *hugs n’ kisses*

  26. smallstar August 17, 2008 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    I mean… I don’t want know the highest degree of it, but I would want be there, believe me…

  27. pr3rna August 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Not fair Amit! Just see the positive side of it. 7 hours in a bus and the result is a wonderful post.
    You are blaming the wrong department. If you coming to Delhi from Gurgaon it should be NDMC I guess. It must have been frustrating Amit but things are improving although slowly. Power cuts are much less as compared to a few years back. Water logging is a big problem but I am sure the situation will improve gradually as the flyovers and other infrastructure projects are finished. Traffic was much worse a few years back. Flyovers have made a difference.
    Arvind, I don’t know much about Faridabad but power situation is better in Delhi at least.
    riddhima, have the shivsainiks and Raj thackeray left Mumbai?//hey bt in terms of crime i think delhi is neways ekdam aage then us na???????? :shock://

  28. moukound August 17, 2008 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    well yeah can’t help it mate… the whole country’s like that.. its turning out to be a nightmare…. worst part come whenthey start building those deadly flyovers…. evenafter their construction ur dead on the road

  29. Che August 17, 2008 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Ha! An excellent account.
    Mumbai delhi chennai bengaluru, its the same story everywhere. They just can keep the roads in working condition. Instead of building and rebuilding roads evryday they should put that money in to building a teleporter or something.

  30. Prarthana August 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    The article is oh, so perfect! πŸ˜›
    I completelty agree with you on almost all fronts!!

    Here, in Bangalore… the rain comes down and cars develop adhesive on the tyres..
    Living on Bannerghatta road ( its where IIMB is…) is indeed a nightmare…
    The vehicles honking and smoke emanating from everywhere…
    *cough*

  31. Amit August 17, 2008 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    @Smallstar : Ok. I believe you. πŸ™‚

    @Pr3rna : Water logging was there in Delhi too that day. So that’s why MCD too. πŸ™‚ And believe me, the Gurgaon highway was supposed to be the end of all problems. But now the fight is to reach that highway. My office is a comfortable 2 minutes drive to the highway, but that day it took me 5 hours to reach it.
    Flyovers have definitely made a difference in Delhi. What I find frustrating is that when we plan something new, we don’t implement learning from the past. We make the same mistakes again and again.

    @Moukound : Flyovers have made a difference in Delhi. It has eased the traffic. But there are certain bottlenecks while are beyond any repair.

    @Che : Thanks. πŸ™‚ Yes. Teleporter would be a nice idea. The only problem is that it would increase the unemployment in the country. πŸ˜€

    @Prarthana : Thanks. πŸ™‚ Honking get on my nerves too. It wakes me up. πŸ™‚

  32. Vaibhav August 18, 2008 at 12:52 am - Reply

    It really feels painful when you know that once you hit the highway you will be home in less than 15 minutes (I live in Gurgaon) and then it takes you hours to hit the highway which would take 5 minutes if there was no traffic.

    Here’s another well written take on this:
    http://chhibba.wordpress.com/2008/08/16/we-contemporary/

  33. lallopallo August 18, 2008 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Oh, Iam late here. Just read the whole post. 7 hours in company bus must be nightmare..was AC on? I have been through several such rides-perhaps bit less worse- during my stay of two and half years in Delhi/Noida..but that was more than 6-7 years back..I was told things have improved considerably after many toll bridges/flyovers have been built in the recent years.. So, what’s going on here???

  34. smallstar August 18, 2008 at 3:52 am - Reply

    Thanks buddyy!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

    LOL

    however, I couldn’t want be in yourself, when you have been in that traffic jam!! πŸ™„ I COULD BECOMING VERY CRAZY!! πŸ˜›

  35. Preeti August 18, 2008 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    OMG!!!
    7 hrs… unbelievable!!

    We too were stuck in a jam that day and were getting impatient but after reading ur post I feel we were still lucky to get delayed only 1 hr more than usual.

    Although the situation is same almost everywhere, Noida atleast has some advantage in terms of wide roads and hence traffic condition.

    Anyways, just thanks God u weren’t here when the olympic torch was taken forth from Delhi. The condition was MUCH WORSE than 14th Aug.

  36. Sakhi August 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I don’t know which city to be called better i india! πŸ™ πŸ™

    BTW, good snaps and the diagram! πŸ™‚

    And yes, belated independence day! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  37. Withering Willow August 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    so sorry to hear one more nightmarish story of being stuck in traffic jam. πŸ™

    every year monsoon comes and goes, but MCD remains unaffected. Their level of corruption and inability to carry out any development remains same.

    Govt. sucks!

    Nicely illustration to support your explanation.

    I thank my stars for working in Connaught Place. Due to security reasons at I day, my office building was to be sealed at 1 p.m. so it was half day for me. I take metro to commute from home to office..so it was no traffic day for me as usual! πŸ™‚
    When people were stuck in traffic, I was curled up in my bed watching news. Thank God for small mercies! πŸ™‚

  38. Manoj August 19, 2008 at 10:31 am - Reply

    hmm..7 hours is pathetic. That too in NCR region..huh!!
    Helicopter transportation is required πŸ˜€
    Having yet an other rough week at work. So all the delay…i wanna give a bullet wise comments to your previous randomizer..so i am lending some more time from you. Will comment there soooooooon πŸ˜€

  39. Amit August 19, 2008 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    @Vaibhav : Yeah!!! Don’t know what to do about it. Maybe, I need to relocate to Switzerland. πŸ™‚

    @Lallopallo : AC??? Hahaha. πŸ˜€ Flyovers are there but how much can the roads hold when you are adding 950 vehicles/day?

    @Smallstar : πŸ˜€

    @Preeti : Yes, Noida does not face such acute problem as roads are wider there, but then there are other problems there. Olympic torch!!!! Yes, I can imagine that!

    @Sakhi : Thanks. πŸ˜€ Same to you. πŸ™‚

    @Withering Willow : You are one lucky human. Metro is the answer, but it just can’t reach everywhere. I envy you. πŸ˜›

    @Manoj : Helicopter, teleporter, metro….anything will do. Oh its perfectly fine! Comment when you have time. πŸ˜€

  40. allirekha August 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    what did u do in the bus for these 7 hours!! ? πŸ˜›
    n yeah my uncle missed his flight from mum to home coz of the same on the same day!! atleast u reached home at 12 !

  41. allirekha August 19, 2008 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    n forgot to say ur header image looks really gud! πŸ™‚

  42. Nita August 19, 2008 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Amit, I am awarding you the Brilliant Weblog award (you can pick it up from the My Awards page) but am mentioning it here because I don’t like to make a separate post on it. I got the award from three people in the last week (this is the fastest spreading award I have seen) but have not yet awarded it to anyone. You are one. Also Rambodoc. A few more I shall think of as times goes on. Usually I mention these awards during my summary posts and I shall do that then. (I am very stingy when it comes to giving awards so enjoy! πŸ™‚ )

  43. Amit August 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    @Allirekha : Being optimistic, are we? πŸ˜› I stared at the skies and cursed God for popping me up in the wrong planet. πŸ˜›

    @Nita : Oh!!!! Thank you so much. πŸ™‚ I am very much honored. And now I am going to put it on my sidebar without delay. πŸ™‚

  44. Tricia August 20, 2008 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Hello. I live in Lake Bluff, Illinois, USA. I found this blog while Googling Gurgaon. Why am I interested in a place so far away from my home – a place I will probably never see? Well, I work for a company which hires many people in Gurgaon. I speak with and email my Gurgaon associates daily but know little about their lives – what it is like where they live, what daily challenges they face, etc. I wanted to know more about the place my coworkers either live or make a living.

    Thank you all for a little insight into Gurgaon. I like this blog because it’s not all complaints about Gurgaon – it’s an unbiased look at a place that is neither perfect nor horrible. Like anywhere else in the world, it has it’s advantages and disadvantages. And like people everywhere, it seems that the people of Gurgaon have learned to make the best of their situation.

    I hope this entry finds all of you well and happy. Have a wonderful day.

  45. Amit August 20, 2008 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    @Tricia : Hi and Welcome! I am glad that the post was helpful to you. πŸ™‚ Gurgaon is still an upcoming city. If you come here, you will find constructions going on in full swing in many parts. The question is that is the city ready to take the load? Its already getting the feel of the pressure.

  46. Liju Philip August 21, 2008 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Honestly no solutions till the metro becomes the basic model of transport in the city. The NCR region must be interconnected with the metro. This will take a huge load off the roads.

    I had been to Gurgaon in 1998 when i was doing a project for Monsanto & Carrier Aircon. The roads and infrastructure was pathetic then itself. And huge loads of construction were going on there. I see pictures of the NCR region on skyscrapercity and can only sympathise with people who get stuck in the lousy infrastructure there.

    There is a huge construction boom there with no corresponding improvement in the infrastructure.

  47. Amit August 21, 2008 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    @Liju : Yes, the metro construction is going on in Gurgaon and Noida. But I am not very hopeful about Gurgaon. You have to be here for sometime to understand this. πŸ™ I don’t think Gurgaon can handle the development of so many offices.

  48. Roop Rai August 22, 2008 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    very nicely done blog! u put your time and effort into reporting …. excellent. πŸ™‚ blogrollin.

  49. Roop Rai August 22, 2008 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    agree with Tricia.

  50. Amit August 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    @Roop Rai : Thanks a lot. πŸ™‚

  51. Poonam August 28, 2008 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Amit, please check if my comment is in spam. I wrote a long comment here sometime back. πŸ™ I acnt find it now.

  52. Amit August 28, 2008 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    @Poonam : I think you commented in Randomizer Reloaded by mistake. I have replied you there. πŸ™‚

  53. Nova September 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Oh what an apt post!!! And that too on Independence day!!! Nice πŸ™‚

  54. Arpit September 25, 2008 at 12:07 am - Reply

    well i wouldnt say its unbelievable….but it has just become a common sight…….water logging is a big menace and forget about all those pre- planned strategies of MCD to tackle these problems which are always sadly outdated……….but thankfully
    in my area there is not much chaos…….i think we are better off than south delhi which is worst hit
    and coming on to crime…….no wonder the rate at which all kind of hineous crimes are committed….delhi is soon going to earn the title of the “crime capital”

  55. Amit September 25, 2008 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    @Nova : Thanks. πŸ™‚

    @Arpit : Even Gurgaon is very badly hit in rains. A 5 minute drizzle and the traffic comes to a standstill. And, all of a sudden the crime rate has skyrocketed. Everyday there is a news of a murder in the newspapers. Its above the normal rate.

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  58. Den Relojo April 10, 2009 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Amit, do you know that the city I live in, which is Manila, is called NCR- National Capital Region… but could also be called Nightmare Capital Region, just like your place.

    • Amit April 14, 2009 at 2:58 am - Reply

      Are you sure? Is it so bad there too?

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