Srinagar -the City without traffic discipline
WE THE Srinagarites
EVERY time I visit my homeland, one thing for sure occupies my mind for most part of the trip: Traffic mess.
Reasons are simple. Every plan of mine to go out, like every other Srinagarite, is dependant on the traffic regulation. But the word regulation I never find existing.
Has our City done away with traffic signboards? Donít we need a direction as people elsewhere do? Can we move directionless? Donít we need some signal system to convey when to stop, start or accelerate?
In short donít we need to be disciplined?
Well everything needs to be disciplined. But that needs a system. Getting back to the topic, I have a question what one should ask in the absence of system. No signal lights, no traffic management. What is this? Freedom, a complete Azadi? And are the streets without traffic signs and signals executable?
Then thereís another issue. For this is want to take you out of Srinagar. Hire a taxi in London, New York or even New Delhi, the routine is the same: You cruise along, and the dollars and rupees rack up on the meter based on time and distance.
But in Srinagar, itís altogether a different story. People hiring cabs here never find a meter working because fares are arbitrary and as decided by the cab driver. This has been a routine for decades and authorities have obviously failed to act.
Human society cannot exist without discipline, that is, willing obedience to laws, rules and regulations. Even birds and beasts have sense of discipline.
Obedience, therefore, is the backbone of discipline. The members of a team or body must obey the rules which they themselves frame, willingly and readily. The western countries are much disciplined. After the World War 2, countries like Japan, England, France and Germany were badly shaken.
Indiscriminate bombardment razed cities to the ground. But by discipline and collective efforts these countries have raised stronger than ever.
Any football coach will tell you that when youíre down at half-time and getting whipped all over the field to focus on the basics of blocking and tackling. A golf coach will tell you to keep your head down and your left arm straight. A business coach will tell you to cut
your expenses and grow your customer base. Getting back to the basics is the surest way to resolve any crisis.
So discipline is required at its best. Discipline on all fronts. Letís stop taking driving down the Srinagar streets a race of ego, where nobody is ready to give side to anybody. Nobody is ready to wait for others to move.
Letís start adhering to discipline on our front. Letís start self efforts to streamline traffic. But then let those at the helm of affairs not miss to change what has been a same and stale old story of traffic management void of traffic signals, sign boards and of-course operational meters for cabs.
Traffic regulation needs to everybodyís priority. Because for now what hinders Srinagarís prosperity the most, apart from other hiccups, is the terror of traffic jams. It makes precious time go waste in the
gridlocks. The roads are chocked, emergencies canít reach hospital intimeÖ
Dr Fiaz Fazili
(The ideas expressed are authorís own)
Lastupdate on : Mon, 22 Nov 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
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