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Motorists enjoy zipping down near-empty roads

With 50,000 taxis and 1.05 autorickshaws going off the roads on Tuesday demanding a fare hike, students and office-goers grumbled as they reached their destinations late, reports Little Yadav.

mumbai Updated: Jun 23, 2010 01:20 IST
Little Yadav

With 50,000 taxis and 1.05 autorickshaws going off the roads on Tuesday demanding a fare hike, students and office-goers grumbled as they reached their destinations late.

But not private vehicle owners. They enjoyed a smooth ride on the city roads, minus the usual traffic jams and honking, and reached their destinations in half the time.

Santosh Joshi (31), director of Frozen Digit Technologies Ltd, a mobile gaming company, takes at least 45 minutes every day driving from his Shell Colony residence at Chembur to his office at MIDC in Kopar Khairane.

“The traffic is maddening during peak hours,” said Santosh. “But on Tuesday, I reached my office in just 25 minutes. Even in the evening, I reached home in 20 minutes.”

Ghatkopar resident Pranay Yadav (26) is the director of Bhara Properties Private Limited, a construction firm, and his job involves meeting people across the city.

“I use my car every day and am used to the traffic snarls. In fact, I have developed a habit of leaving home 30 to 40 minutes early for appointments keeping traffic in mind,” said Yadav.

On Tuesday, he took just 20 minutes to reach Andheri (East) from his Ghatkopar home via Sakinaka. On a regular day, the same journey would take him at least 50 minutes. “The roads were almost empty, unlike on other days. I did not get stuck in a traffic jam anywhere,” added Yadav.