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August 31, 2007 / lazybug

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.

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  1. Chittaranjan / Sep 1 2007 6:33 am

    Har kisiko nahin miltaaa…yahaan challln…Hyderabad mein!

    It doesn’t happene verywhere re…

  2. lazybug / Sep 1 2007 11:52 am

    I know it doesn’t happen everywhere and cops asking money is nothing new. But this one surely takes the cake in terms of innovation…

  3. Gopi / Sep 4 2007 9:19 pm

    recently i was squeezed by one vehicle which is AP9AG540 this is a indica car driven by one wrost Sardar…He doesnt having driving skills i don’t know how the RTA given licence to him…Then he dashed me and he was started scholding me… but there was only one person to ague with him no people was cooperated finally Saradar went out without taking care for me after that i repaired my vehical at 1000 and 500/- for my health.. if anyone find this car number pls keep distance with 100 feet because foolish persons were being driven this car….

  4. Chittaranjan / Sep 6 2007 10:06 am

    😆 That might have been Akki….before he cut his hair!
    ….ahh…he must’ve cut his hair to prevent recognition :mrgreen:

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