The capital of the hilly state of Mizoram in Northeast India has been known for excellent traffic sense -- drivers stick to their sides and horns are seldom used
Aizawl: In a bid to promote safe driving in the state, the Uttar Pradesh police department recently used the picture of the law-abiding commuters of Mizoram on Twitter.
In the photo, motorists can be seen observing self-imposed road discipline on a road in Aizawl. The image also shows commuters following traffic rules, with cars sticking to the left of their lane and the two-wheelers to their right.
The department highlighted the division of traffic lanes as “Lakshman Rekha” and attached the picture from the Northeastern state to prove its point. ‘Lakshman Rekha’, in modern Indian parlance, refers to a strict convention or a rule, never to be broken.
The post attracted many mixed reactions from Twitterati. Some users pointed out that it was not a picture of UP traffic. The department was prompt to reply that it never claimed that the picture was from their state, rather they used it only to sensitise people.
Mizoram sets an example in the country for maintaining amazing traffic discipline. The capital, Aizawl, has narrow roads, leading to immense traffic jams throughout the day. In spite of all these, commuters obey strict laws imposed by the traffic police department and some imposed by themselves. All motorists obediently stick to their lanes, and overtaking seldom occurs unless it is an emergency.
To manage traffic congestion, all vehicles in Aizawl are off the road thrice a month depending on the last digit on their number plate. If it ends with one, the vehicle will be off road on the 1st, 21st and 31st day of the month.
Adding to all these, Aizawl city boasts of being a ‘no honking’ city. It is considered rude to honk unnecessarily, and when motorists do need to use their horns, it will be just a short, single honk; unlike long and unnecessary honks that are heard in metros throughout the country. The country could learn a lot from the traffic of Aizawl.