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Old 1st April 2013, 18:50   #4276
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Please take a real scenario pic or video if possible and post it on BTP FB page. They need to stop such stupidity. I just hope they do not build these kind of blocks all over Bangalore.
if not the BTP, the people will copy this idea and implement it on their own. we all know of the localized speed breakers all over the city, don't we
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Live traffic update: Horrifying massive jam from Pannathur underpass till Sarjapur and beyond. Looks like its jammed beyond that too. No obstructions or breakdowns. Just that rain god isnt much happy with the happy traffic.
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Live traffic update: Horrifying massive jam from Pannathur underpass till Sarjapur and beyond. Looks like its jammed beyond that too. No obstructions or breakdowns. Just that rain god isnt much happy with the happy traffic.
don't need much logic for that. rains in Bangalore bring the following:
  • power cut
  • falling trees
  • traffic jam

not in that particular order
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don't need much logic for that. rains in Bangalore bring the following:[*]power cut[*]falling trees[*]traffic jam
not in that particular order
And not to mention broken BMTC buses. Luckily the buses are on track this time without being flooded with water.
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Whats the rain situation though? Has it stopped? Don't want to start off from office to get stuck in over-flowing drains.
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Whats the rain situation though? Has it stopped? Don't want to start off from office to get stuck in over-flowing drains.
Rain has stopped. But drains are over flowing. Started from whitefield@ 6:15pm. Reached BTM just now@ 8:10pm. Take any alternate route if you have. Traffic wont ease until late at night.
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I am looking at traffic on BETL and Hosur Rd fromy office terrace. Bommanahalli onwards is anywhere between stationary and sluggish
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Rain has stopped. But drains are over flowing. Started from whitefield@ 6:15pm. Reached BTM just now@ 8:10pm. Take any alternate route if you have. Traffic wont ease until late at night.
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I am looking at traffic on BETL and Hosur Rd fromy office terrace. Bommanahalli onwards is anywhere between stationary and sluggish
Yes, I will be taking the BETL from EC to Koramangala.
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Yes, I will be taking the BETL from EC to Koramangala.
Suggest you wait in office if you can ... seems to be getting worse, this jam. Everything from Garvebhavipalya to Silk Board is at a standstill
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Suggest you wait in office if you can ... seems to be getting worse, this jam. Everything from Garvebhavipalya to Silk Board is at a standstill
Ouch! Will stick around for an hour or so then. Or at least start off at 9. Thanks for the heads up!
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Whoof. I am really happy I left office at 530 and reached home at 6.

One good rain and the whole of Bangalore comes to a standstill..
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This is a tried and tested successful formula for tackling Bangalore in the rain.

When it starts raining, hit the road!

I have no idea why the typical Bangalorean (some of whom drive cars) do not venture out when it is raining. But this tendency results in sparse traffic during these showers like today.

The worst thing you can do is to hit the road as soon as it stops raining.
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This is a tried and tested successful formula for tackling Bangalore in the rain.

When it starts raining, hit the road!

I have no idea why the typical Bangalorean (some of whom drive cars) do not venture out when it is raining. But this tendency results in sparse traffic during these showers like today.

The worst thing you can do is to hit the road as soon as it stops raining.
This is exactly my strategy !! I love the scene when everyone is undercover and I am ripping the roads.
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Beat my own personal record today on the return journey from work - took 3 hours, 10 minutes from ITPL to Jayanagar 9th block. The stretch from HSR layout - Agara flyover till BTM layout was completely choc-a-bloc. Easily one of the worst ever jams I have experienced on the return journey. For the record, I left office quite late at around 7.45PM, and took the Varthur - Gunjur - Sarjapur road shortcut to reach Agara in an hour. The remaining 2 hours were spent on ORR from Agara to BTM layout.

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I was once stopped at AXA Signal. I was trying to make eye contact with the cop, but he kept looking otherways and kept saying 200 Rs fine. I was not smart at that moment to show him the BTP Page. I ended up paying 100 Rs fine, without a receipt, without knowing my offence. I assume it was a OR registered bike. But I already had paid KA road tax and had the receipt also. Again, I was new to B'lore at that time (> 5yrs back).
I think the no-stopping rule was not there 5 years back. The cops used to take advantage of that and try to make money for their own pocket. This was one of the reasons for bringing this new no-stopping-unless-violating-rules thing into effect.

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Coming to now-a-days, I wonder how many of the road users are:
1- Aware of the BTP Rules (Not to randomly check vehicles).
2- Have the patience, time and the guts to argue with a cop by opening up the BTP Page and showing him FAQ's. I am sure that person would be willing to slide a 100Rs note under the pocket and get out of the situation.
+1. Completely agree on that.


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Karthik, logically I agree with you but practically its easier said than done. Are you a localite? I feel yes and this is to your advantage.
Yes sir, I am a localite. Still, since this rule is mentioned by BTP themselves on their own website, no harm in showing this to the BTP cops who stop without reason. I agree that sometimes they do take advantage of the 'outsider' tag and try to bill unfair penalties, but in this case you are at your liberty to refuse to show any documents and escalate the matter to the main BTP office. At another place they had mentioned a phone number where you can reach the commissioner of traffic police directly and complain in case you are harassed by these cops. I'll try to find that and post here tomorrow.


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don't need much logic for that. rains in Bangalore bring the following:
  • power cut
  • falling trees
  • traffic jam
not in that particular order
no man! power cut happens even before rains start . As soon as winds start blowing with cloudy skies, BESCOM guys will get paranoid and switch off the power to prevent any additional repair liability on their heads.

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This is a tried and tested successful formula for tackling Bangalore in the rain.

When it starts raining, hit the road!
+100! When it starts raining, all the bikers will go into exile at the nearest bus stop. That means lesser probability of my bumpers getting scratched by those (majority) morons who keep squeezing through gaps.

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The worst thing you can do is to hit the road as soon as it stops raining.
That's when 2-wheeler density is at its peak! Recipe for bumper disaster!

I once recently saw one guy in a Santro weaving left and right on ORR after the rains, when the roads were drying up. Maybe he thought he had to retain tyre temperature like F1 drivers.

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Beaati

I think the no-stopping rule was not there 5 years back. The cops used to take advantage of that and try to make money for their own pocket. This was one of the reasons for bringing this new no-stopping-unless-violating-rules thing into effect.

Hey thanks KarthikK for the useful BTP link. If one is using android phone, keep a bookmark of this on your homescreen. In time of trouble it will come in handy.

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I once recently saw one guy in a Santro weaving left and right on ORR after the rains, when the roads were drying up. Maybe he thought he had to retain tyre temperature like F1 drivers.
ROFLing on this one.
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