Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Golden Quadrilateral

The Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) (connecting the four metros of Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Madras) and the NSEW corridor is a network of roads that will connect the East and West of India, North and South and the diagonals. Even in 2005, when Beijing has six ring roads, the world is filled with freeways, the GQ is still not on the fast track.

While the Golden Quadrilateral may not exactly be an expressway, it is a marked improvement over what passes off as a highway ( and proudly labelled National highways) in India.

Highway driving abroad means easy driving. In India it is a stressful exercise. The current highways (prior to GQ) are single lane. Driving essentially means, move at a high speed, come to a snails pace behind an auto ( or bike or man or animal or truck), look into the direction of oncoming traffic because there is no lane or lane separator, overtake, move back into your side of the traffic all the while watching for speedbreakers (yes, on national highways), drunk drivers, pedestrians, broken headlights and a prayer on your lips.

Sad, very sad. Hope the GQ moves fast toward completion.

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