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Old 19th March 2015, 19:14   #1891
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Is it just me, or has everyone noticed this?

The traffic stop at Ratnadeep circle (near petrol bunk) is getting very congested. I have noticed, towards the evening, the traffic from Mindspace exhibits a very interesting feature. You see, the road is so wide that you can think of it as a 5-laned road. If you lose the leftmost lane for the ones taking left turn you still have 4 lanes.

If you happen to get stuck in the lane closest to the divider it takes you 4 sightings of red light, sometimes even more. If you are on the second lane from the divider it takes you 3 sightings of the red. Stopping time decreases drastically as you shift to the left. Of course you can't shift lanes at all. You just have to time your approach perfectly so you can be guaranteed the left most or at least the middle lane.

Very violent driving on the fringes, mind you.

The other day I saw a deranged cabbie who took the left most lane (dedicated for left turning cars) and swerved all the way to the right to take a U-turn, shunting off movement in all the lanes the minute lights switched to green.

True story.
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Old 19th March 2015, 21:17   #1892
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Is it just me, or has everyone noticed this?


If you happen to get stuck in the lane closest to the divider it takes you 4 sightings of red light, sometimes even more. If you are on the second lane from the divider it takes you 3 sightings of the red. Stopping time decreases drastically as you shift to the left. Of course you can't shift lanes at all. You just have to time your approach perfectly so you can be guaranteed the left most or at least the middle lane.
That's common to most parts of the city and it looks like it has got extended to that part as well. At all junctions, if you need to turn right, the lane closest to the divider takes the longest. This is because some of them take U turns also. The one to its left is what I prefer if I have to turn right, but for a U turn, I stick to the rightmost lane. And yes, it pisses me off when someone to my left takes a U turn. I wish we had better discipline.
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Old 27th March 2015, 17:54   #1893
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... The one to its left is what I prefer if I have to turn right, but for a U turn, I stick to the rightmost lane. And yes, it pisses me off when someone to my left takes a U turn. ...
Yepp .. its mostly a little painful on the rightmost lane from time point of view,
however I prefer keeping to it w.r.t. second one at busy junctions due innumerable bikers threading through the space in between the lanes.
It becomes very difficult to watch out for them on two sides, the rightmost lane allows you to block one side.

A bit off-topic query for the thread!!
I am planning to change tyres for my Fabia with Michelin XM2 variants, and was looking for information upon dealers.
Their site points out only one authorized dealer (Vigneshwara Wheels at Karmanghat), justdial.com though shows whole list of dealers.
Is it fine to go with one of these?

Found a thread on the same (http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...ml#post3672987) however its seems very sporadically used.
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Old 27th March 2015, 18:04   #1894
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A bit off-topic query for the thread!!
I am planning to change tyres for my Fabia with Michelin XM2 variants, and was looking for information upon dealers.
Their site points out only one authorized dealer (Vigneshwara Wheels at Karmanghat), justdial.com though shows whole list of dealers.
Is it fine to go with one of these?

Found a thread on the same (http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/tyre-a...ml#post3672987) however its seems very sporadically used.
Try Ashoka Wheels on Minister Road. They are good and have a large stock on all tyres. You can also try Wheelocity near Vacs Bakery on Rd # 10, Jubilee Hills. He was earlier located behind Spar in Somajiguda.
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Hi,

Any recommendations to stay at a reasonably price hotel near ISB? And what would be a route if driving down from Bangalore? TIA
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Any recommendations to stay at a reasonably price hotel near ISB? And what would be a route if driving down from Bangalore? TIA
Reasonable is a relatively vague word. If 2.5k per day sounds reasonable, then there are plenty of guest houses within a 6km distance. I'm not aware of anything below 2k in this area. However, there are possibly more options if the commute to ISB is longer.

Regarding route to ISB from Bangalore highway:

Get onto ORR near Shamsabad, where the Hyderabad airport is located. Check for Gachibowli/Mumbai/Nagpur directions to take the correct ramp.

Once in ORR, take the financial district exit and cross the ORR using the underpass. Follow the road perpendicular to ORR and go straight. You'll find ICICI, Microsoft and finally ISB on your left.
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I went to the Inorbit mall yesterday as the Misus wanted to have her favorite Dunkin Donuts's doughnut and coffee. There was no parking available in the mall (!!) and as a result there was a small traffic jam at the entrance. I have seen cars parked just outside the mall, but I don't think that is legal as there are lots of "No Parking" boards around.

Any idea if there are any alternate locations near Inorbit mall that can be used when the parking is full?
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Old 17th April 2015, 09:22   #1898
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I've been encountering car drivers that think they own all the lanes to themselves. Twice when I was riding on the right-most lane close to the divider car drivers have cut me off as if to "send home a point" that this lane belongs to them.

The first was a gentleman driving a "Police" vehicle that was abusive and shouting that this lane was not for bikers when I (honestly) calmly asked him why he cut me off.

The second time was an old senior citizen that almost killed me by closing in on me. I had to brake hard. I resumed and honked at him to get his attention and then also knocked on his glass - never opened them and just kept hurling abuses at me that I couldn't even hear. Yes, I was very pissed and had every right to be pissed.

Seriously guys, car drivers, you cannot be everywhere! If I stay in the second right lane of the road, other car guys and impatient cab drivers want me out of the way - they'd be happy to mow me down if I don't move soon.

If I move further left, there are all those useless auto rickshaw drivers that stop at random plus all those wrong side drivers, and illegal parkers. Then I try the divider lane and I keep getting abused.

Seriously, where the heck am I supposed to be? Where in the world is everyone trying to get to with such URGENCY?

And, there is NO RULE (afaik) that mentions that the right most lane is NOT for 2 wheelers. If you've come from a city that has such rules, then please leave those rules there.

Hyderabad's roads are turning into a nightmare.
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Hyderabad's roads are turning into a nightmare.
This might not be restricted to just Hyd, but is a problem in any city in our country. Given that nobody follows lane discipline, the most susceptible vehicle has to bear the brunt. And I guess the 2-wheelers are the most susceptible of the lot. Hence they get shoved from one lane to another. On top of this if you add the ego of a 4-wheeler, you have the perfect recepie for road rage.

I agree. Driving in Hyderabad is surely a nightmare if you drive a 2-wheeler. And I think this has been the case since the last 5-7 years. I would prefer to stay enclosed in a tin box that filters away the noise and smoke to some extent, and gives me the false feeling of comfort. Its sad but true.
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As long as the 2-wheeler goes close to the divider, I don't anticipate any issues. I drive 2-wheelers regularly and have never faced any issue.

This apart, if I am on the middle lane, and am going at the same speed as a 2-wheeler who is close to the divider on my right, I ensure there is sufficient gap for a car to pass by. I know for sure it would be very irritating to the 4-wheeler behind if we block him for overtaking.

While on this topic, while going to work on my car, the only stretch I get to open the throttle is between Inorbit Mall to the U turn at the first signal near the side entrance to Mindspace. It really pisses me off when bikes block me on all lanes. Don't they understand that other vehicles also have right of way, and that they should not hinder their movement? All they need to do is what I've mentioned in the earlier paras.
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As long as the 2-wheeler goes close to the divider, I don't anticipate any issues. I drive 2-wheelers regularly and have never faced any issue.

This apart, if I am on the middle lane, and am going at the same speed as a 2-wheeler who is close to the divider on my right, I ensure there is sufficient gap for a car to pass by. I know for sure it would be very irritating to the 4-wheeler behind if we block him for overtaking.

While on this topic, while going to work on my car, the only stretch I get to open the throttle is between Inorbit Mall to the U turn at the first signal near the side entrance to Mindspace. It really pisses me off when bikes block me on all lanes. Don't they understand that other vehicles also have right of way, and that they should not hinder their movement? All they need to do is what I've mentioned in the earlier paras.
Yea, I stick to the middle of the lane and move closer to the divider as I see someone in my RVM. If someone's too fast for me to notice them in my RVM then I can't help it.

Also, if all the traffic is moving at the same pace then I'm not doing anything wrong being in the rightmost lane.
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Also, if all the traffic is moving at the same pace then I'm not doing anything wrong being in the rightmost lane.
Agreed, but I was talking about wisdom, not righteousness. As long as you move close to the divider, you are not erring. But there could be a nitwit on a 2-wheeler who is parallel to you, moving at the same speed, not leaving enough room for a car to pass through, despite the road being free. It is in such instances you can expect cars to side-swipe one of you.

In such situations, I slow down to create enough space for the car or SUV to whiz through.
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Hyderabad Police media publicity to make road users aware of rash driving, as reported in a newspaper today :
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Any idea if there are any alternate locations near Inorbit mall that can be used when the parking is full?
On Inorbit side of the road you can't park. But across the divider, the whole stretch from the bus shelter till Mindspace circle is open for parking. No charges. It is a bit fragmented though - some security guards have claimed few stretches and they won't let you park.

In fact, on the downhill, as you exit Inorbit and drive around the hill, on the right side, the whole length is used for parking. Mostly cabbies use it for sleepovers. There are no instructions for "No Parking." I actually saw the traffic cops pocket their cameras disinterestedly when they see men lounging in their underpants on this side of the road.


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How did he manage 150 kmph in the city! Must be in the night or very early in the morning. Good to see cops taking over-speeding seriously
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Overspeeding may lead to JAIL

Source link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/47378209.cms

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HYDERABAD: Drivers with penchant for racing and rash driving will now have to do rounds of the court as the Hyderabad police have decided to prosecute them instead of letting them off by just imposing a fine.

A decision to this effect was taken in the wake of a series of complaints from people across the city about dangerous driving by anti social elements.

To begin with, the Banjara Hills traffic police, in a span of just three days, caught a businessman driving a Volkswagen Polo at a break-neck speed of 150 kmph on Road Number 3, Banjara Hills, and an MBA graduate for racing at Taj Krishna Hotel, on Road No 1, Banjara Hills, on a Rs 6-lakh Honda CBR 600F.

Normally, the traffic police book those driving rashly and jumping signals under section 184 of the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act and impose a fine ranging between Rs 200 and Rs 1000. In cases of street racing, a case is booked under section 189 of the MV Act and a fine of Rs 1000 imposed. Though under the two sections of the MV Act, an offender could also be sent to jail. But the traffic police till now have not resorted to such an extreme step.

The traffic police are planning to press for imprisonment of offenders in certain MV Act cases booked under 184 and 189 sections once the 10 proposed special courts for traffic cases begin functioning in May.

Meanwhile, in certain special cases, where an offender driving dangerously, is spotted and intercepted by a traffic cop, a complaint would be lodged with the law and order police for registration of a case under sections 279 (driving or riding on a public way so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life) and 336 (Doing any act which endangers human life or the personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), where the offender's vehicle would be seized and he/she would face trial.

"We have been receiving complaints from people across the city about the menace of rash and dangerous driving on the streets. The offenders in such cases pose a great danger to fellow drivers as well as themselves. So in such cases, we have decided to book them under the IPC sections to bring a change in the mindset of unruly drivers," additional commissioner (traffic), Hyderabad, Jitender told TOI.

As of now, with seven speed laser guns, the Hyderaad traffic police are registering, on an average, 300 cases of speeding per day. Police have now decided to prosecute repeat offenders, who drive at speeds of over 100 kmph or in a dangerous manner.

During a special drive against speeding taken up on Road No 3 in Banjara Hills recently, police were able to book 700 cases in a span of three hours. "We are planning to take up special checks against speedsters on roads around KBR Park, Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Necklace Road, Tank Bund and Attapur road," the Additional CP said.
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