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IBN Citizen Journalist! My first little step!

June 15, 2009

I am happy to share the story which I have submitted to CNN-IBN as IBN Citizen Journalist. The photos that I submitted are now added in the IBN CJ column. You can find in IBN CJ link.

I am awaiting the response on the story. I hope, I wish, I can find some answers through this channel.

“I am one of those lacs of commuters in Bangalore who is witness to one of the worst traffic jams and road rage and who does nothing but crib! And this day was no different. I was already quite late for office. And to my bad luck, Bangalore had received heavy rains the previous night and to Bangalore’s worst luck, each and every corner of its road was jammed with traffic!!

So I started my day by joining that traffic queue (And I dont think I need to tell about Indian queues!). I had to be really patient as anyways I had no other option! However I somehow wrestled out of the traffic crowd to reach the main road to office. What can I say?! You need to see this to believe. The main and the only road to my office (one of the prime IT area in Bangalore) was jammed till 2Kms of its area. And here I was a speck in that huge crowd. Finally after waiting for almost half an hour and moving at snail pace, I could see the signal lights at far off distance. I can not tell you how happy I was to see the cross roads nearing me! I accelerated and suddenly I realized that all others were also equally happy 😀 And in this vehicles’ cold war to move first, we all had lost our cool. But of no use! We all were again stuck because half of the road was full of mud slush!!

Oh I forgot to mention about this part of the road. It has been dug for almost 6-8 months now. But I guess we have now developed extremely indifferent attitudes till it becomes utterly unbearable. And this time it became unbearable for me. The potholes before were atleast visible to escape but rain just created slush. This is when I came to know the real reason for the 2Km long traffic queue!

I wondered what impression our foreign counter parts would carry after going through the traffic turmoil! We call it the Silicon Valley of India. But are we ready for this title?! I doubt. I am sure that you all will agree with me that atleast this silicon valley needs basic pakka roads with proper built pathways. Bangalore is one of the highest tax payers in India. And I am sure that I can ask few questions on all your behalf – “How is my tax money utilized?”, “Don’t I deserve to travel on pakka roads?”. When will we find answers? We are waiting.”

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Shilpa Garg permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:15 pm

    Hi! I have tagged u on my blog. Check it out and you may do it on your blog!
    All the best!

  2. Srini permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:23 pm

    Congrats on donning the role of Journalist as well!
    Yes, this is a major issue! I believe using public transport is the only solution in the long term.

  3. Anny permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:23 pm

    Happy to see the initiative you have taken..:)
    There are many roads which are not well maintained? I am surprised how does ministers commute on road. Dunno if our money is used only for the election purpose or for their fuel for pvt helicopters…

  4. Shilpa Garg permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:31 pm

    Congratulations!! And good luck for a giant leap too!

  5. Anish Thomas permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:32 pm

    I don’t think there is a solution for this(guess only solution is constructing more flyovers).compared to cities in western countries, our cities are thickly populated and crowded…i guess that is the reason for trafic jam….don’t know…anyways very relevant post

  6. Smi permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:32 pm

    Great job Vineetha…Slowly people like you can make a diffrence..atleast make it noticeable to the people who just wait for everybody around to have roller coaster ride…
    But its making my Bangalore trip scary 🙂

  7. Bhavik permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:33 pm

    Hey Vinita, Congrats !! at least it’s the first step to put front chronic problems.. hope to get it highlighted more so that people’s Indifferent, negligent or rather so called tolerant attitude would turn into actions 😉

    By the way.. i realised it’s good habit to carry camera isn’t it.. 😛


  8. Netra permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:33 pm

    You are doing a great job dear! I feel proud to be a part of the generation who do not sit and crib instead act upon the issue..!! 🙂

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