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A smooth drive that took too long

delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2010 01:14 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Mode of travel: Self-driven Car
Time taken: 1 hour 28 minutes

5 pm: Caught in a sudden rush of vehicles at Rail Bhawan, I was getting jittery about taking up 30-odd km drive.
The office crowd had already started flowing on the road. It had rained heavily few hours earlier and Delhi streets are infamous of getting waterlogged.

It was probably this very thought playing on my mind that I unmindfully took a left turn on Rajpath from Vijay Chowk. I cursed myself for this mistake.

5.10 pm: A long queue of vehicles, going up to the Taj Man Singh round about, greeted me. Probably thinking that those who crawled in their lanes were fools, some cars and bikes overtook from the wrong side only to add to chaos a little ahead.


It was 5.25 pm when I navigated the round about cautiously, keeping my car away from those who threatened to graze my car in a bid to move first.

It was a smooth drive after that. Clocking 40-50 km an hour, I drove past Safdarjung Tomb, cruised along Safdurjung flyover and comfortably reached AIIMS in eight minutes.

I thanked my stars as I crossed IIT Gate crossing. There was traffic on the other side but it cruised towards Gurgaon. If this was the kind of drive that Gurgaon-residents get on their way back home daily, why would they opt for the Metro.

It was 6.27 pm when I reached the last metro station in Gurgaon. A smooth drive, except a small held up at Taj Man Singh, yet it took me almost an hour and a half. I wish I were travelling in the metro too.