The Sheikh Zayed Road cutting through the center of Dubai and the commercial lifeline of its high profile commercial and business district appears deserted one late evening, though it was not, but for this well-timed photograph, as seen from the Dubai Internet City metro station elevator. The Sheikh Zayed Road, as the Emirates Road or E11 connecting all the Emirates of the United Arab Emirates, is called while passing through Dubai, is 12 to 16 lanes wide (6-8 lanes per side) in its business district, not including service roads. The Metro line seems to be dividing the picture into two, the blue sky above and the gray and brown buildings below.
A view of the omnipresent traffic jam at the infamous Tin Factory junction neat KR Puram Railway station in Bangalore, the bane of Bangalore commuters. This photo shows only the traffic coming in from the railway station side along a essentially three-lane road that is mostly always filled with traffic, just as on the other side which is perennially congested. You can see people trying to cross the roads in between, literally putting their lives on the line. The place is horribly dusty and polluted as you can see, look at the sky – those are not rain clouds but smog from vehicle exhaust, seen against the “hanging bridge”, a planning disaster as is most of the remaining of Bangalore. And of course, this is far from the worst, actually this traffic is less.
A “birds eye” view of Bangalore’s most defining feature today: its traffic jams, no matter if it is day or night. This one was taken on a rainy night at 10:15 in the night (!) from the Ramamurthy Nagar Bridge at Banaswadi on the Outer Ring Road. Vehicles were backed up from KR Puram Railway Station to Banaswadi, a mighty five kilometers! Note the jam on the service road on the right as well. The opposite side is free, only because vehicles are bunched up on the other side 200 meters before, blocking the entire road trying to get up the ramp leading to this bridge. Wonder when all these people will reach home. The street lamp stands silently looking down at the mass of stalled vehicles, shedding tears looking at the condition of the city…
The Udupi Garden signal (or the “junction of 16th main and Ring Road”), named after a famous restaurant that used to exist there (today it has become a ‘Shanti Sagar’), is one of Bangalore’s junctions most notorious for its traffic jams. The junction is situated in BTM Layout on the main artery of the IT corridor and hence sees jams stretching kilometers towards all sides every day. Here is an extremely rare photograph of the junction and the 16th Main (BTM layout 2nd Stage) with almost no traffic! Taken on the day of the India – Australia cricket World Cup semifinal match. Good thought of the authorities building the footpath/sidewalk around the tree, sparing it 🙂 This junction was the centerpoint of my life for more than 6 years 🙂
Sea of autorickshaws at the round-the-clock traffic jam at Hudson Circle in the heart of Bangalore. I count 21 autos here! They cause traffic problems, pollution and whatnot, and people complain about this mess and autorickshaws all the time and still continue to take autos paying more than what would cost to travel in an air conditioned BMTC Volvo. Half of the pollution in the city comes from autorickshaws and most drivers are anti-social elements. These eyesores should be outlawed. Hopefully the online taxi revolution should teach these daylight robbers a lesson.
The Tin Factory Jn in Bangalore is pure horror. It is part of the Tin Factory-KR Puram Railway station traffic jam complex, where jams are found 24 hours. IN this stretch, 11 roads meet in addition to two major interstate bus stops and an important railway station. And then they have made a “hanging bridge” with pillars on the road and two flyovers and the most unscientific bus stop in the whole world, at one towards Hoskote at the beginning of the “hanging bridge”, where people have to wait literally in the middle of the road! The place is perpetual traffic chaos of unimaginable scale. And just imagine how it would be when it rains. Here is the view from the foot overbridge towards KR Puram station. You can see the rain falling if you look carefully. Check the scene on the right. That jam will stretch backwards 4 km until EMC2.