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Old 22nd July 2013, 17:41   #241
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Did the full length on the Expressway for the first time. This was the first time after 1991 that I got on a true motorway. Brilliant:

1. I ended up doing Kanpur - Delhi all expressway of some sort or the other.NH25/N2 to Tundla, YH to NOIDA, DND Flyway to Delhi. Did ~450km in 7:15 (door to door) including a refreshment stop.

2. Finally realised that Cruise Control makes sense even in India. We set it at 100kph (as per GPS in City AVN, with it flashing the speed warning occasionally) and never got warned at any point. Not too many chaps going at crazy speeds, though most were a shade slower (accounted by the difference between the GPS and speedo indications).

3. The road is good but the concrete should have been smoother.

4. The service areas are good, toilets clean, and the cafeterias also good. Much better than the mess on the Mumbai-Pune road.

5. Driving was also Ok, infraction noted, a. People driving on the hard shoulder, b. opening door to spit our tobacco, and c. hogging the middle lane with an empty left lane (I have seen this in the UK as well). I may be too much to expect proper use of the trafficators.

I wish we had more of these. For once we must thank the Gaurs and Mayawati!

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Did the full length on the Expressway for the first time.
What are the toll charges for same-day return?
(That is both ways within 24 hours).

I plan to fly into Delhi in December and stay someplace near greater-noida.
(searching for medium-range hotels, any recommendations welcome).

Then take an early morning taxi to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal (with wife and childen) and return before night.

I was quoted 12,000+taxes(12.36%) including Toll by 'Radisson Blu Greater Noida'.
(This is an expensive hotel but very close to Yamuna Expressway, so tempting!)

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What are the toll charges for same-day return?
(That is both ways within 24 hours).
Did not check, one way is Rs.320. I think I remember reading somewhere that same day return is about 550!
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I just saw a lady driving on the Yamuna E'way on Top Speed in ET Now. The LH lane was empty and she was 'hogging' the middle lane. Unless our media learn to be responsible how do we educate the aam admi. When the LH lane is empty then she had no business being in the middle lane.
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I just saw a lady driving on the Yamuna E'way on Top Speed in ET Now. The LH lane was empty and she was 'hogging' the middle lane. Unless our media learn to be responsible how do we educate the aam admi. When the LH lane is empty then she had no business being in the middle lane.
I may be wrong,but isn't it the way it is supposed to be?
Left for slow traffic like trucks buses and all,middle for cruising and right lane for overtaking?
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I just saw a lady driving on the Yamuna E'way on Top Speed in ET Now. The LH lane was empty and she was 'hogging' the middle lane. Unless our media learn to be responsible how do we educate the aam admi. When the LH lane is empty then she had no business being in the middle lane.
Well, that's what the barrage of signposts on the eway tell one to do. Till yesterday, that's what one is supposed to do, ie, drive in the second lane, and leave the first one for overtaking.
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I may be wrong,but isn't it the way it is supposed to be?
Left for slow traffic like trucks buses and all,middle for cruising and right lane for overtaking?
You are wrong, not when the LH lane is totally empty.

@mayankk; As above. Motorway / Autoroute / Autobahn / Autostrada driving discipline is universal

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You are wrong, not when the LH lane is totally empty.

@mayankk; As above. Motorway / Autoroute / Autobahn / Autostrada driving discipline is universal
No offence but Global discipline might not work in India, at least for the next few decades. On YE one can encounter Trucks, Tractors, SUVs, Bikes, etc coming from the wrong side on the left lane. Thus, it's better to stick to the middle lane and use the right one for passing. I am not endorsing wrong practices but if the choice is between safety and global rules, I would go with safety.
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No offence but Global discipline might not work in India, at least for the next few decades. On YE one can encounter Trucks, Tractors, SUVs, Bikes, etc coming from the wrong side on the left lane. Thus, it's better to stick to the middle lane and use the right one for passing. I am not endorsing wrong practices but if the choice is between safety and global rules, I would go with safety.
In my drive up the E'way I saw these jokers (esp a few tractors) on the rh lane. This will be lh to their direction of travel. No issue the right one is the overtaking lane and not the fast lane as some fools call it.

Also, if we do not develop correct habits then we will never learn. For example, trucks on the rh lane on normal GQ and other roads.

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Well, that's what the barrage of signposts on the eway tell one to do. Till yesterday, that's what one is supposed to do, ie, drive in the second lane, and leave the first one for overtaking.
Yeah,that is what i have been following,left lane for slow vehicles,middle for cruising and right for overtaking.
Recently chandigarh police has been following this protocol on some roads,so if a car is found hogging the left lane or right lane for long;you get a ticket.
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Did up (to Aligarh turn off) and down (full) the YE last week. Not too many chaps speeding crazily, met only a few schoolkids on cycles riding contrary (the fencing has been breached at a few places). On the way out there way very little traffic so I managed the LH lane a lot. On the way back there was more traffic and there were too many chaps in the middle lane with the LH lane blank that I too was forced to stay there a lot. Good to see the YE being used, but then 14th was Dussehra in some places so schools were closed.
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Did not check, one way is Rs.320. I think I remember reading somewhere that same day return is about 550!
It's 510 for a return ticket.
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I recently (last weekend) did this.
There are three different fares for if you are off at Mathura, Agra or Kanpur.
I went to Agra - its Rs.320 oneway (Rs.510 for return).
Not quite sure of Mathura and Kanpur. I guess if you are off Mathura its around Rs.2xx.
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Did a taxi drive on 23rd December (to-and-fro).
Foggy day, spotted many dogs (on the agra side).
Saw one dog hit by a SUV before me.
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I recently (last weekend) did this.
There are three different fares for if you are off at Mathura, Agra or Kanpur.
I went to Agra - its Rs.320 oneway (Rs.510 for return).
Not quite sure of Mathura and Kanpur. I guess if you are off Mathura its around Rs.2xx.
The two intermediate points of access are Mathura/Vrindaban, and Aligarh. Starting from Agra (Kanpur side) the charges for the full length to (Greater NOIDA) are Rs.320, and Aligarh Rs.220. I have used them both. I do not know what Mathura is but should be about Rs.110-120.
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