Driving Conditions in India
India is the world's largest democratic republic.
With the advancement of Transport Systems, countries are identified
on the basis of their "Roads". India has difficult road
and traffic conditions. In this part of the world, "Roads"
are not meant to commute from here to there, but the road themselves
run from here to there.
Conditions of roads across India are not hidden.
In the last 50 years, India's automobile population has grown 170
times while the road infrastructure has expanded only nine times.
The country's vehicle population is over 5.5 crore and growing at
a phenomenal rate of 25 lakh every year. Roads make up 4% of Kolkatta
city as compared to 25% in Delhi and 30% in some other cities. Outside
the metros, the main roads and other roads are poorly maintained
The main roads are narrow and in poor conditions,
most of them lacking overpasses for intersecting roads. They are
used for sleeping, walking and somewhere down the lane serve as
"Temporary Shops". Vendors often encroach upon streets and block
sidewalks, restricting traffic. In the last 50 years, India's automobile
population has grown 170 times while the road infrastructure has
expanded only nine times. While roads are widened to allow the increase
in vehicle population, side-walks for pedestrians have shrunk. The
pedestrian's right of way at zebra-crossings is something of a dream,
making "Jay Walking" a common phenomenon.
Traffic is a varied mix.
"Such conditions make driving in India
a harrowing experience."