Music to attract bus passengers

Some of the employees of Blueline bus operators have come up with a novel idea to attract passengers to their buses. They play the latest Bollywood numbers or popular songs of the 1970s and `80s when the buses are in operation. Furthermore, they put up pictures of the popular actors and actresses of the Hindi film industry inside the buses. This gives the buses the ambience of a mini-theatre. Glossy pictures of Salman Khan riding a funky bike in his hit film "Tere Naam" or the green-eyed Aishwarya Rai draped in a traditional bridal dress from her acclaimed film "Devdas" can be seen in quite a few Blueline buses.

According to a Blueline driver, "some passengers, especially the college-going crowd, prefer catching our buses because we keep them in a jovial mood by playing popular film songs. The music helps them relax and feel good. If we didn't offer them this attraction, most of them would board Delhi Transport Corporation buses, which do not have provision for music."

- Madhur Tankha

Bumps and sharp curves

Flyovers across the Capital have not only helped in ensuring a smooth flow of traffic, they have also allowed the motorists to cruise at higher speeds than ever before. But some of the flyovers could have clearly done with a better finishing to facilitate a smooth ride.

The Akshardham Setu and the rail overhead bridge (ROB) that link Vikas Marg to Mayur Vihar I and Noida are vivid examples of how the civic and construction agencies do not accord adequate importance to curbing bumps and sharp curves on such important constructions.

While the Akshardham Setu has already had problems with the loop, a part of which also caved in recently needing repairs, its conjoining with the roads on both the ends and on both the carriageways is uneven. On the left carriageway towards Mayur Vihar, a motorist gets the feeling that his vehicle might just topple over as it descends from the flyover.

The other carriageway too gives a rather bumpy feel to the motorists, particularly when approaching the highest point. It feels as if one is negotiating a plateau.

It is more or less the same story with the ROB that has a depression in the surface just when the vehicles begin the ascent. As one motorist put it, "It gives you a take-off feeling like the one gets in the plane."

Experts have been warning that such bumps put a lot of stress on the structure and can cause damage to it in the long run -- as has happened in the past with the ROB over the Delhi Cantonment station and the Ranjit Singh flyover. The vehicles too bear the brunt of such bumpy roads. Moreover, drivers frequently find it difficult to control their vehicles as they go bumping on a road that gives the false impression of being smooth.

- Prashant Pandey

Chaos during

rush hour

The Delhi Traffic Police are supposed to keep the traffic clear for motorists across the Capital. However, very often one finds their own vehicles parked in such a way that they end up blocking the passage of vehicles passing by and this makes many ponder if the traffic police personnel are really serious about the job they are supposed to do.

One such incident came to light on Monday on Sikandra Road.

While already the road has been narrowed due to construction of the new Delhi Metro railway line, a function held near Mandi House and attended by VIPs created a lot of chaos during the evening rush hour.

To make matters worse, the traffic police allowed a row of vehicles next to the wall of the Delhi Metro corridor, thus blocking the extreme right lane of the carriageway leading from ITO to Mandi House.

The traffic movement was further impeded by police vehicles parked outside the programme venue.

With both the extreme left and right lanes blocked by the parked vehicles during the peak evening hour, traffic came to a standstill on the busy road. And with the police themselves responsible for the situation, there was no one the people could look forward to for help.

- Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar