This week (Post Deepavali) has been good to Chennai City for a couple of things.
After a month of frustrating traffic an hour, long traffic jams in T.Nagar Shopping District, driving on Monday & Tuesday (23,24 Oct) felt relaxed. On Monday at peak hour (7 PM), I was able to drive from my office (Habibullah Road) to Srinagar Colony (Behind Saidapet Magistrate Court) for a meeting in 15 minutes. I just wish every day is like this :-). The reasoning (do you need one?) for roads being empty – one after Deepavali people have to return at last to work, second, they are left with no money after all the Deepavali shopping.
In one move – Chennai City Police went to NYPD range. I was driving to my house and was surprised to see a stunning white colour Police Car fitted with Hollywood Police like Lights parked in a tea-stall in Thambiah Road (West Mambalam). For a minute I thought it was for a Hollywood Movie – Why in a Tamil Movie would they want this car, for Tamil Movies it is always a Colonial day Jeep which itself would have acted in over 10,000 movies. Reading the next day newspaper I realized that Hyundai India has donated 100 of these beauties (Hyundai Diesel Accent) to Chennai City Police Free. Critics might say it is a marketing move by Hyundai to make the Police trial run this, get hooked to it and then make them more. I just hope after 12 months, parts of these cars are not sold on the platform in front of commissioner’s office.
Last two-three days we have been having good down-pours here. Thanks to weather gods, all the reservoirs around the city are getting filled. Hopefully, this should help the city ride through the coming summer comfortably.