Geography is the only proof we have to try and experiment with what the roads will look like in the next 10 years. Fair enough. But what about the constant migration happening in the city? Studies show that an average of 80 - 100 new families are entering the city each passing day and at this rate it will not be long before Bangalore alone starts to resemble the apartments dotted across China. With such a mammoth increase in the city’s population it is only natural to notice near impossible traffic situation at ground zero. Everyone wants to reach his/her destination first. Why? No one knows. How? By squeezing into each available crack in the traffic. But is this necessarily a bad thing? Adding to the already established geographical proof a mathematical theory emerges.
Let us take an average of 10 vehicles, which include two Kinetic Hondas (or any two wheeler), two auto-rickshaws, four four-wheeled vehicles (cars, jeeps, vans etc), one truck and one BMTC bus. Considering the bus is the largest of the lot, the average length of the road’s area covered would be that of the bus - 35 feet. This again means that the remaining 9 vehicles will have to huddle around or within this area. There is also a good chance that some of them will peep out of this 35 feet boundary due to variations in individual length. Now multiply this total area with, say, a hundred thus calculating for 10x100 = 1000 vehicles. Given the finite length of the roads there might be instances where some vehicles will have to stand sideways or in irregular positions to make up for the lack of space. There are also bright chances for vehicles to use the footpath for extra comfort. Pedestrians will have to oblige since they too are a variable part of this equation. Considering this mathematical approach, I think it is safe to assume that we Bangaloreans have indeed followed this rule with a lot of enviable jingoism. To the untrained eye we look like an anthill but the reality is that we too, as crazy as it might seem, have a system. This truth dawned on me as I sat watching my city from above a building the other day.
An edited version of this piece was recently published by Deccan Herald in their daily.