I have written more than once on Indias national highways, the Golden Quadrilateral and similar upgradation programmes. Recently, I drove on the Bangalore Mysore highway, which really is nothing more than a 4 lane road with dividers. Why this is big is because just a few months back it was a two lane road without dividers. There is no access control, which means, technically, you can find yourself behind two bullock carts or tractors trying to overtake each other (like I did) blocking the two available lanes. Trucks or buses can hog the fast lane at a sedate 30 kmph. You can also find a bullock cart, tractor hurtling at you in the opposite direction. People can sleepwalk across the road in a manner that will put absent minded professors to shame. Pity the state of Indias highways. Also, the road is not entirely 4 laned yet. The towns and villages are still to be covered and it doesnt look like that will happen in the near future. My take on this, why not lift the road above these towns and villages? It will be cheaper than land acquisition and more beneficial. Why not fence the rest of the parts of the road between towns? Thats a rant for the future and while I can blog about this for the rest of my life, there really is a lot to be done.
But, look out for a new sign on Indias highways. 24 hour petrol pumps from Reliance. It is almost like a new sign for trust. In a place like Coorg, the petrol pump was open at 6 am on May day, quick service, toilets with water, instant billing, automated filling - all the stuff which is otherwise difficult to find.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Posted by ecophilo at 8:24 AM