The Smart Traffic Cops of Hyderabad
I was going home from work when this happened. There’s this busy junction at SP Road near Begumpet. During rush hours, like most of the roads around, this one too sees bumper-to-bumper traffic. At the signal therefore, the only things on commuters’ minds is to get away asap. But our Hyderabad Traffic Police seems to have turned this mad rush to get away into a money making opportunity. Here’s how it works:
Signal goes Green, commuters rush to get past the ‘Stop Line’. As the timer on the signal nears zero, this rush turns into a mad scramble. People behave as if getting past the signal is the single purpose of their lives. That’s when the cop strikes. He raises his hands and signals the vehicles to a halt even though there are a few seconds remaining (in this case more than 10). He pretends he did that to allow pedestrians cross the road. A farce considering that they would have been able to do so without a problem after just a few seconds. By this time though, some vehicles are half-way over the stop line, the signal has gone red. The victim has been trapped. The cop then proceeds to do the usual checking and noting down the vehicle number on a piece of paper, and comes down to business immediately since the clock will reach zero again very soon. He tries to get whatever he can out of the motorist and then allows them to go. The motorist is happy that he has got away from the cop, the cop is happy that he has got some money for chai pani and I was left bewildered for the rest of my journey home.