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Old 26th October 2012, 10:51   #1411
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I request Jaya amma to visit all around chennai. Atleast sanitation will improve for a week or so.

Fresh bleaching powder, clean roads, no irritating parking..ohhh what a dream.
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Isn't it great to see everyone follow the traffic rules.

There is a signal at the Lamech School junction just beyond MegaMart at Alwarthirunagar. I pity this signal, nobody respects it, no one follows it. Whether the lights are Red, Amber or Green, people just ride on.

But surprise, surprise - last evening I saw all the vehicles waiting at the stop line, patience exemplified! Why, when one daring biker tried to jump the lights, right enough, out of nowhere a traffic cop emerged and stopped him.

And this morning, again, guys were showing the right blinkers for turning. Even the big vehicles gave way to the errant school kids on their cycles.

Sugar-n-spice and all things nice!
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Old 29th October 2012, 16:57   #1413
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Wow. That's me. Sometimes I take vandalur-kelambakkam-Sholls route to office to avoid mad traffic at medavakkam.
Next time, just flash/honk, we could catch up.
Sure Brother. I usually travel to office by bike (Black HH Hunk) and roam around in a silver hyundai accent in weekends. They are yet to be t-bhp sticker-ed. Seems like its time to get them sticker-ed.
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What is the point in having a drain inside which one could even drive a car if it does not serve the purpose for which it was built ?
You have hit the nail on the head.
The underground drains in our country is a joke.
I have seen "well" built drains, but the spouts connecting them with the road are at 1 feet above the road surface.
Also the tarmac needs to be sloped towards the drain point for efficient draining of rain water which is not usually done while laying the raods.
Above all the drains need to be clean and free of silt and garbage and plastics.
So there are lot of techniques involved in the design build and maintaining an efficient drain system which is unfortunately unheard of in our country.
The worst thing is that this happens in almost all the cities and even the newly built areas of New Delhi are no different.
This clearly shows where the problem lies.
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Old 30th October 2012, 11:21   #1415
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Mad rain and super-mad traffic all over the city today. I started from home by 8.30 in the morning and reached office by 10:30. Distance is 19 Kms and I traveled by bike with a 20 mins stop near trisulam due to heavy downpour. God save the car users.

During my wait of 20 mins, this thing happened.
I was standing under Bus stop shade which is located at the start of the Trisulam bridge. all the vehicles passing the bridge suddenly started taking U-Turn and was trying to take the service road nearby. which caused a deadlock and I'm not sure whether its cleared or not till now. I passed the deadlock by maneuvering thru the gaps available. I came to know that the vehicles did that U-Turn thing because of the huge traffic block at the other end of the bridge.
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How is the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road from the Kelambakkam side??
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How is the Vandalur-Kelambakkam road from the Kelambakkam side??
There are some realy bad patches along the road but otherwise its motor-able without any fuss. Just before you join kelambakkam you have the worst bad patch of all.
Not sure after today's rain, As i came through medavakkam-sholls since schools/college were off. Struck 25 mints in sholls toll plaza to turn to OMR.
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I request Jaya amma to visit all around chennai. Atleast sanitation will improve for a week or so.

Fresh bleaching powder, clean roads, no irritating parking..ohhh what a dream.

Yesterday Amma's team and other biggies paid a visit to Thevar Statue and the Mount Road and all adjoining roads were clogged for hours.
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Old 31st October 2012, 15:02   #1419
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Today the roads are beautiful. I started from Mandaveli at 2 and reached perungalathur by 245. Unbelievable. Has happened only at night time. Never at 2PM

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Same here VW2010. Left late for work today around 11AM expecting mad traffic, but it was a pleasant drive in the rains. Traffic much lesser than normal (due to schools closed?) and it felt great to drive in the rain on almost free roads. Would have been fun to scoot work and get onto ECR for a long drive. If wishes were....

Some snaps of wet Chennai through the hazy windshield.

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A biker bit off more than he chew when he rammed into the rear off an MTC bus just opposite Madhya Kailash temple on OMR. The front of the gearless scooter was a mess. Not sure of injuries to the biker as I passed the spot after the accident and only saw the bike/bus parked with some cops around.

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Around 520 it has gone completely silent with no rain, no wind nothing. Its like "OVER and OUT" - Definitively.

This is crazy
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There are some realy bad patches along the road but otherwise its motor-able without any fuss. Just before you join kelambakkam you have the worst bad patch of all.
Not sure after today's rain, As i came through medavakkam-sholls since schools/college were off. Struck 25 mints in sholls toll plaza to turn to OMR.
That's even more dangerous if you ask me.Just when you think you have crossed,a particularly bad patch comes up.This is some 2kms before VIT.Thank god for Osram 100/80 and ABS!!

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Around 520 it has gone completely silent with no rain, no wind nothing. Its like "OVER and OUT" - Definitively.

This is crazy
It is pretty windy since afternoon.It was quite windy in the bypass and now it is crazy windy at my place in Mogappair.Rain has just started though!!
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My guess is that the eye of the storm was passing over for the last 20 mins or so..Now the winds are slowly picking up. Could be wrong.
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My guess is that the eye of the storm was passing over for the last 20 mins or so..Now the winds are slowly picking up. Could be wrong.
You are right, that would be the eye of the cyclone. Check the latest sat image which was less than an hour ago.
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Old 31st October 2012, 19:47   #1425
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Our single casualty... one henna bush that flopped over like a piece of paper and is now lying across our drive. Tomorrow we will get some to attempt to replant it.

Apart from that, we have no power since before midday and no water in the overhead tank we are living out of a bucket!

That the storm was an anticlimax is just wonderful by me. I think though, that others didn't do as well, especially the poor coastal hut dwellers.
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