Even after THREE years of barricading at First gate even today the scene is not different with people preferring the Wrong Side.
Uncivilized, undisciplined, reckless, careless and just stark stupid to say the least is the best way to describe the way we go about our traffic sense.
In order to control the chaos at the First Railway Gate at Tilakwadi, the zone was barricaded for the first time in June 2013, thus causing great inconvenience to people in the region. Was this the only solution, the panacea to the traffic ills in the zone?
What is tragic is both the attitude of the traffic police and the citizens at large!!!
If the traffic police chose to stick to their guns and keep the barricades in place despite protests, I think they should have at least lived up to their own commitment. If you have made the rule and it is for the public at large then you as enforcers need to patrol the region at least till implementation is complete if not beyond such a timeline.
Suddenly the traffic police seem to have vanished from the region and moved on to tasks like nabbing people for minor over speeding, non-possession of relevant documents and other lucrative areas of focus.
The number of vehicles that travel on the wrong side of Congress Road (first gate to SV Colony Cross)is testimony to how much risk we are willing to take for the sheer convenience of avoiding having to travel an extra 250 meters or so.
It is appallingly tragic to witness both the young and the old; the educated and the less educated folk indulge in the dirty act of breaking rules. Needless to say it is once again a case that showcases our mentality. Thoughtless and heedless, we continue to indulge in acts of convenience, just waiting for something averse to happen.
Driving down straight on one side of Congress Road and one is bound to greet these law breakers in an attempt to cross over in a manner of convenience.
Trucks, students riding triple seat on two wheelers, autos with school children packed like sheep, plush looking cars, your name it and its part of the violation.
Are we waiting for just a major mishap which God forbid, could be around the corner?
While the craziness on Congress Road will not just cease because of one small article on All About Belgaum, the attitude in a sense represents a distinct lack of civic sense and discipline which is maybe just a way of life for us regardless of our tall claims of culture. Try to dissuade the law-breakers and voice a suggestion and in return you can surely get a million dollar stare as if to say,
Why Should I Care…..When All do it, I might do it as well!!!