Come summer and the roads in the Abids literally sport a deserted look in the mornings, an annual scene for two months in a year.
It offers a breather to the early morning traffic that passes through the route.
Home for many schools, as it is rather famously known for, it remains to be a bustling place in the early mornings and the late afternoons for hours when the school start and ends for the day most part of the year.
Traffic jams are order of the day and it requires a horde of traffic cops to restore some order on the streets near the St. Georges Grammar School, Stanley College junction and Chirag Ali lane and the St. Josephs High School.
And with the summer vacation on and the traffic blues temporary off the track motorists are quite happy commuting pass the roads.
“In normal time it take between 10 and 15 minutes to cross the stretch between the Olympia Hotel and Suryalok Complex. But now it hardly takes two minutes,” says Nitesh, a store owner at the Suryalok Complex.
“We don't opt for this road between 3.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. and instead go for a longer route to avoid getting stuck in the traffic jam. But in the vacation period we don't deter using the Chirag Ali lane stretch,” says Abbas, an autorickshaw driver.
The summers bring in new feature to the place, with the schools doubling up as examination centres for many competitive and entrance examination.
“The area features a new teen demography of students preparing for competitive exams like you see in Ameerpet and Narayanguda. Normally we are used to seeing children moving around,” says Vineet, a trader.
ASIF YAR KHAN
Commuters get respite from traffic jams in lanes near schools in Abids, thanks to summer vacations