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New Delhi: Mumbai Police Play a Trick on Honking Drivers

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NEW DELHI Traffic— In India, whenever you are driving, you should basically need a ring of eyeballs around your head to see what is coming.

New Delhi has one of the largest bus transport systems in India. Buses are operated by the state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation, which owns the largest fleet of compressed natural gas fuel buses in the world. Many personal vehicles especially cars that also form a major chunk of vehicles plying on New Delhi roads. New Delhi has the highest number of cars as compared to any other metropolitan city in India. Taxis and Auto Rickshaws are also plying on the New Delhi roads in large numbers. New Delhi has one of the highest road densities.

Drift Driving:

Three-wheeled rickshaws whirl out of the roundabouts straight at you, packs of stray dog’s dash into the road. Many huge buses lurch up from behind. And on every side of the road, there is a thickening stew of bicycle rickshaws, little taxis, fat Mercedes, Uber drivers riveted to their screens. The drivers drifting in and out of lanes, as well as Mario Andretti types hurtling down the main drag six inches from each other.

In this world, the car horn is a survival tool or a weapon. Most of the people use them constantly — to berate, to warn, and especially to get sluggish drivers to move. But in Mumbai, it is gotten to be too much. Honking in the traffic has become such a problem, creating so much noise that the Mumbai police hatched a plan.

Police Statement:

At the certain vital intersections, they installed slightly sinister devices that are detected horn noise. When people honked at the red lights, which they often do to get other drivers ready to go, the lights stayed red. The police put up a few signs there — “Honk More Wait for More” — but clearly not everyone understood what was happening.

The police filmed all this by using sweepy drone shots and a little Bollywood magic. Because, Mumbai is the center of India’s gigantic film industry, after all. They posted a video on social media last week also. Instantly, it went viral. The video shows that people getting out of cars with confused looks on their faces. Some do yell at each other to stop hitting the horns, and kids on the sidewalk cracking up and cops exchanging a happy hand slap.

Twitter User:

This is what we wanted to tell the people: Honking or making noise does not move the traffic, that is explained Pranaya Ashok, a Mumbai police spokesman. The traffic takes its own time to move. “The exercise is done in November and December. It was just a trial run and police bosses are discussing how they can implement it across the city. Because of home to an estimated 20 million people. Indians in every corner of the country are laughing about it. Officials in several other places now want to rig their traffic lights with honking meters, too.

According to an old saying in India, to drive well all you need only four simple things: a good car, good eyes, good luck, and a good horn. But now, maybe you just need three. “Honking is a very bad and undisciplined traffic act,” Mr. Ashok said. “It sours the ears of a normal person. “In the words of one Twitter user who really commented on the video, “No more ‘honky ponky.’”


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