Tailights in the Intermonsoon
Today I was stuck in traffic, folding up the feeble sides of the trishaw to ward off the rain. We left at a reasonable time but something was deeply, deeply cocked and Kirimandala Mawatha was a time killing zone. ith the traffic and the inter-monsoon rains the trishaw fares have gone up and getting around is a bitch. The bus is the same rates as ever, but I pity the fool stuck in those overheated lunch tins at rush hour. What’s worse is that they’re now making entire stretches of road one-way. If you get kicked in one ball at a time it does feel much better. Now getting in and out of the city is going to involve a scenic tour as people loop around to their final destination. I feel so safe that I don’t think I need to leave the house anymore.
I’m sleepy and I’ll only get into one thing, and that’s the new traffic plan effective today. That plan is, get the fuck out of Colombo. It basically makes half the streets in Colombo One-Way though I don’t think they’ll print signs before South Korea invents hovercars. So there’ll be a bunch of confused cars with middle fingers and 400 cops with white gloves and a whole lot of fun.
I am all for security measure, but I think there’s a line between being secure and serving you’re citizens, like in yesterday’s banking post. I would say that the first rule of security, like medicine, is do no harm. Unless you’re sure that a change is going to have a positive effect, then don’t do it. The act of getting in there and messing around in medicine and policy can be destructive and you need to make surgical interventions wisely. I don’t see how this one-way thing improves security at all, nor do I see how this invisible benefit is worth the implementation cost – especially the two weeks whilst Colombo is switching and we effectively have our pants down. If the LTTE wants to pump in Gelginite might as well do it while the cops (literally) have their hands in the air. If you can think of an obvious security benefit do tell me.
One Way Ticket
This map may be completely backwards or of another country entirely. Don’t use it.
I have crapped together this map, but I still can’t make any sense of this. I may have gotten the One Way direction wrong cause the wording is ambigious. Anyways, as far I can tell, we’re supposed to enter Hunupitiya/Kollupitiya through Duplication or Thurstan Road and exit through Maitland Crescent and Reid Avenue (wtf?). The exit route is circuitious and kinda pinched near Clancy’s, and this sucks. I don’t go into Kollupitiya as much as I exit to Bamblapitiya, but what to do.
- R A de Mel Mawatha (Duplication Road) ‘ To enter Colombo from Buller`s Road Junction to Liberty round-about.
- Thurstan Road ‘ To enter Colombo from Reid Thurstan Junction to J O C round-about.
- Cambridge Place ‘ To enter Colombo from J O C round-about to National Museum on Marcus Fernando Mawatha.
- Independence Road ‘ To exit Colombo from Nanda Motors Junction to Public Administrative Junction.
- Maitland Place ‘ To enter Colombo from Public Administration Junction to Maitland Crescent.
- Maitland Crescent ‘ To exit Colombo from Horton Place to Independence round-about.
- Reid Avenue ‘ To exit Colombo from Independence round-about to Reid Thurstan Junction.
- Rajakeeya Mawatha ‘ To enter Colombo from Reid Rajakeeya Junction J O C round-about.
- Gilford Crescent ‘ To exit Colombo from Cambridge Junction to Reid Avenue.
- Ananda Kumaraswami Mawatha ‘ To exit Colombo from Liberty round-about to Library round-about.
- Dharmapala Mawatha ‘ To enter Colombo from Red Cross Junction to Liberty round-about.
- Marks Fernando Mawatha ‘ To enter Colombo from Glass House Junction Library round-about.
What’s even more exciting is that we have two weeks of people figuring out what’s going on and making U-Turns and taking right turns from the far left lane and all matter of fun-ness. Plus, all the roads between Galle Road and Duplication are now one way or the other, seemingly at random. It’s all for the best though. I’m sure someone has planned out the traffic flows and calculated that this is the optimal layout to, um, defeat terrorism? Grow poppies? Protect the children? What?
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