Puri is a place nearer to sea side with lots of visitors and devotees pouring into it through out the year. The summer here is not hot but the humidity is super high with lots of perspiration and lots of intolerance to corky summer. The rainy season has plenty of rains and sometimes the nearby villages flooded with water, then the flood relief, and other aids to them. The summer is very long though the higher temperature is not so in terms it’s Para but the feeling of heat is great and higher due to humidity inclement to the top.
In the summer the wind seems to stop and the clouds hovering up and above the sky refuses to relent and increasing the heat as the hot wind cannot escape form the soil making it more and more difficult to bear. The winter starts from first week of December and it is the sever winter if you compare with the standards of Odisha. The soaring cold, the cool wind, and the penetrating wind with medium humidity are severely affecting health as this gives rise to dental problem and limbs problems. I cannot describe how this cold is ruing the body; it is more and more difficult to sustain this.
The cool wind from the Bay of Bengal is snoozing onto the mind and making the whole process dim and very ache towards side brain and this is very difficult. The cold graph is self increasing and it will be higher at the end of the month with severe winter and very intolerable cool. What is the reason behind this and why the winter at Puri is always a danger to the health of the people here? Unable to devise this aspect seems and think a lot but cannot understand so far and that is why I wrote this write up.
Some say it is the cold winter winds coupled with the saline climate from the sea is making the thing worse and some say it is the greenery of this ancient town is doing this phenomena but still not sure and no scientific backing of these facts. The heavy winter is taking its toll and it is better to cover yours ear while at the early morning or at the evening, you should cover the entire ear so that it will not harm yours body. The cold and the cool winds is making the matter worse with as it is entering through yours ear and making you attain to the cold.
Fell the cold and feel the heat at Puri with lots of extreme climatic conditions and it is advisable for tourists to come with prepared with woolen clothes especially for protection on ears and head so that they will not be affected by it. Puri has the climatic conditions of both the extremes with lots of intolerable hot with high humidity but low on hat temperature and on the other hand in the winter it is soaring cold and shivering to the body and mind, think about it.
While travelling in passenger trains which runs from Puri Terminus to Bhubaneswar junction, there are many passengers who go towards mid railway stations. Those can be called as in local Odia language as ‘bata pasenger’ or in English mid route passenger. These mid-route passengers are daily commuting passengers who go to capital city of Bhubaneswar for daily wage works and then returns. They are very low-paid workers and that is why they want to go without ticket in order to save their earning money.
Most of these daily passengers come from Delang, Kannash or from Sakhi Gopal. These three routes comes in between Puri Terminus to Bhubaneswar Junction. In these three mentioned train stations there is no barricade on the left side of platform. These are village platforms and only on the right side of the platform ticket checking is done. So, people in order to avoid caught by ticket checker, go down on the left side of Puri terminus bound train.
There are three other railway lines in the left side of the platform. During the time Shuttle train reaches in these village stations, either Falkhnama or Nilachall super fast crosses these platforms with super fast speed. Most of times during such moments people crosses railway lines. They do not take foot over bridge because that is on the right side of platform. If they go towards it those without ticket passenger can be caught by ticket collector. This means they will have to give heavy penalties.
Most of these passengers go some more distance after reaching village stations. Their villages are mostly five to ten kilometres after reaching platform. Some have villages at the right side of platform and some are at the left side of platform. Those have villages at the left side off the platforms in order to reach their villages on time, by pass foot over bridge and then go directly crossing railway lines. Most of times the super fast trains which crosses these village stations at the same time of Shuttle Memu fast passenger train, and people caught in the crossfire of running of superfast trains during that peak of time.
These are two prime reasons why people die in these village train stations. These stations are for passenger train stoppages. Superfast trains do not have halting in these platforms. These super fast trains crosses these platforms at their peak speed. These commuters must adhere to rules and regulations of railways. First they must adhere to rules of purchasing tickets and thus become the legal passenger.
Then move to foot over bridge and with comfort cross the railway line and then carefully reach to their respective homes. One must adhere to security as one must listen to respective hearts to understand that if another half an hour late is not going to delay reaching home. If any untoward happen they forever one cannot reach home and forever the delay reaching will continue.
It has been more than 15 years since reaching to this place and during in these years there has been whole some changes all over and everywhere we go though the conditions of roads seems to be in slightly dilapidated conditions but still there has been development everywhere and the order of removing of slum shops in and around majestic areas are comprehensive. In fact after all these years it has been difficult to recognize this place but still the glory of past and the memories of past still lurking in the mind time and again to remind the most passionate and brilliant place it seems in the past still continues to be there.
In the local bus stand, majestic we could see the similar stair cases and slopes everywhere and probably these has been colored and maintained well and the same number of buses as well as similar number of traffics and the difficulties to cross over these traffics continues unabated. In reality there has been tremendous difficulties in crossing from one segment to the other part of road leading towards majestic with city buses coming into its stand from different direction all over and one needs to be extra vigilant while crossing the road from one side to the other. Suddenly we remember there has been one underground road to reach to majestic or cross over to other part of that road which always seems to be busy as well as due to presence of large number of vehicles it seems obvious to observe and find out such stiffer rush hours and crossing from one side to the other with one way road also becomes very difficult.
The most difficult part is the presence of divided in between those one way road but still some wise people have penetrated to it and it seems many locals still use it to cross but in the land far away from my native land, we still think to always use the legal medium of crossing from one side to the other, and how so ever difficult it might have been. We decided to go through underground which was there when we earlier arrived here as well as now, it is also there when we arrive now and inside of it is covered with so much of old age presence and most of walls of it have never ever seems to be colored with as well as at the end of steps and inside of underground road there are many temporary shops who have been selling many electronic items as well as toys for children and people goes by used to stop there to have the look of these selling items and some also try to bargain with the shop keeper in order to purchase those.
I do not have any iota of idea whether it should have been safer to move within that underground cross over tunnel during evening but during office time it is well and good and nothing to fear anything about and we move ahead and reach towards upper slopes of majestic station. In the past the road side of majestic station has been covered with so many of small shops which are predominantly of toy or meals shops and now all these has been removed and one side is being done as the interstate and intra-state bus service and the other part is the entrance of metro railway station and the place of majestic remains as it is and the next to it is now Bangalore central. Name of Bangalore Central has been changed to KSR Bangalore. It has been renamed with popular warrior of Karnataka.
The Krantiveer Sangroli and the statue of this warrior could be seen in the form of city Railway station of metro railways. It has been wonderful remembrance in seeing such development in these areas at least on one side as the entire place is now cleaner and looks like the very same word. We slowly, move towards downside to reach the dashboards of this bus stand. The day after tomorrow we wish to reach to local head office for booking of officer’s guest house and for this it is important to contact them well in advance. Here, every route is codify into some numbers and everything is well written in clear cut manner with English as alternative so as not to be very much difficult for all of us and now we slowly trying to guess about the route to local head office which should be nearer to Richmond square.
We noted down the bus number and its corresponding routes, in these fifteen years one significant changes to busses system of majestic which is the first there has been a completely new stand of inter-state and intra state bus-services and then there has been introduction of air-conditioned bus-services and fare of those buses are slightly on higher side but you could avoid rush hours while moving with these buses. In normal buses, there could have been heavy rushes and there could be chances of pick-pocketing but with the air-conditioning buses we could find and enjoy the presence of rush-free and comfortable journey hours.
We noted down the numbers of city buses which should be going towards Richmond Square, which is just a walk able distance from the local head office. We have observed that most of these buses through the routes of Richmond Square move from 11 number bus stands of majestic. We moved towards left which should be the entrance of majestic and in between shades of bus stand we see smaller shops with some food items such as breads, local-made salty biscuits, and foods are there and cost of most of these items is ten rupees. Sometimes, the value of food for the cost is not so adequate but still those people who feel hungry it goes towards these shops to buy foods out there.
We move ahead and we wish to go towards the opposite side of majestic to see whether there could have been any presence of quality foods items are there otherwise we could return to holiday home again and there from its canteen we could have foods there. Still, we do wish to discover newer shops and the best way to discover such shops are to walk and roam around and even from time to time take the foods there to know whether that shops have good ratings for you or not. We reached at the other side of majestic and it seems like the same age-old majestic out there without any such signs of newer renovations and the quality of footpaths are not so good conditions.
We carefully, walked into those roads and there has been many shops related with food items and in one such lunch shops the roads the part of the footpath was closed and it is covered with chairs and upper side shelters. Food items of that shop smell good but the price is on the higher side and it is beyond the reasonable pricing limit. The next lunch shop shows that the pricing is good but the use of excessive sourness and there is hardly any curry inside its delicacies which makes us to move to another shop. In front of all shops there has been one person for advertisement to come to their shop and used to talk with people who move here and there in those locations and let them invite them while talking about all these available food items inside their hotels, just like bus-hawkers who used to call passenger just like in the link road of Cuttack, here the feeling of the same moves on.
Even reaching at metro we still find the same age-old small town attributes in small pockets. One thing I surprised here to see the state of roads, where in small town of Puri the native place of mine where the presence of roads has been superb but still I could not find the same here in the foot paths of majestic or at the areas in and around Binny Mills or city railway stations. Still, the feeling of metro ride come upon to feel the presence of metro as well as the city life where it seems to suggest the entrances and the most glaring part of not taking any rest and continue life unabated without any disturbances.
The wondrous place is equipped with extremely wonderful services where you could find each and every provisions in organized fashions which you need at those times, where the presence of the enigma of the metro station with sublime humility always wanted to return to. With the devotional presence of nearby Goddess Temple, the feeling of refreshing of mind comes along with closeness of eyes for a few seconds to realize where do we stand and the process of extreme salvation comes along the way. Just a short way from there, we could see the presence of ultra modern and smaller railway metro station namely city railway station.
While entering a few steps into it to enter it into its entrance where it is well guarded by security personnel. Cradled by a beautifully designed building we enter into it with complete eagerness as well as the zeal to know about this beautiful metro station. We know from the area of Binny Mills the distance towards the Majestic would be smaller and a walk able one but still if the metro goes through it then we would definitely like to move it with it.
We enter into it and at first we have to move through one metal detector machine and then one security personnel with a metal detector on his hand check us by running the metal detector from top to bottom of ours and then we put the luggage in the running luggage strip where it would be ultra scanned through close circuit cameras carefully.
After closely monitoring luggage and the persons we are allowed to enter into the city metro station. First we have to go down to the underground staircase and we move slowly as the steps are made of smooth stones and there could have been every chance of slipping off the foot. Entire areas are closely monitored with close circuit cameras and it was written clearly at different places. After walking through the stairs on the left side of the first one is of customer care and the second such building was of purchasing of tickets out there.
Entire area is fully and centralized air-conditioned system and for this even as underground premises we do not feel any breathing problems out there. We purchased ticket for majestic the next station to it and the cost of the ticket was ten rupees and there was no ticket instead a token probably made of plastic which should act like a ticket out there. It was like small one rupee coin made of plastic or something, but it looks like a stronger one. We then moved to right side of the ticket counter and then at every such locations security personnel of male or female standing there to guide each and every person out there.
There were two gates of each four gates to it and on one side the light signal is cross this means this is not meant for us and on the other side the light signal is green right and this means this is the way to go and while reaching there, the guard with some acting said to us to put the coin on the side dashboard of gate and we put it and the closed door automatically opens with it. After exiting from the gate, we have to keep that coin ticket so that it should be used while teaching at the destination station. We kept both token tickets in a safe place and then with the help of excavator we move down and reach at the station where there had been clear line break where we have to stand just opposite to it.
Security would blow the whistle if anyone crosses that line. Generally, metro trains runs with great speed and the electricity connection on its rail track and that could have created the magnetic effect and while entering into station it could pull the nearby person and that is why a safer distance need to be maintained from trains during waiting time of trains out there.
There would be a count down screen of six where the train comes and within six minutes for every route there would be trains and on the board at the left and right that count down used to show the amount of time the would take to reach to that particular station and ultimately when that count down reaches to one this means it had entered into outside of station and then slowly the train with its some other type of siren sound would enter into plat form and then the door would automatically opens up with some sounds and then we enter and inside of it also air-conditioned compartment and then within two minutes the announcement as well as screen inside of train would show that we are nearing to the majestic center and the gate would open at the right side.
We entered from the left side of the train and then we moved out to the right side of training and then we slowly move towards the stairs where we would be climbing upon. The gates opened automatically and then closes after certain period and then we moved and we reached where the similar set up of gates which are like that of entrance site are met and on one set up go gates it was written as right and the other set up of gates it was written as cross and we entered towards right gates one by one and after dropping of token ticket inside of it the gate opened up as in this way the token tickets are now back with the railway officials.
Then we moved out to majestic station which is one step away from there. In the mid way, we find extremely helpful security guards who are despite language problems are more than eager to us to let us understand the procedure of moving inside platform and getting into trains and so on. This short journey towards majestic station is one of most memorable one for us as I wanted since then to write one detailed article about it so that ultimately what I have experienced in this journey should be known to readers and if they happen to reach to that city then they could also enjoy this ultimate pleasurable metro drive all by themselves. It is situated adjoining to KSR Bengaluru station but the difference of these places has been part of the most memorable and outstanding ones.
The mentioned train was running with a great speed. Though during the patches of hilly terrains it slows down a little bit but still the charismatic presence of natural surroundings in and out there has been so absorbing to watch out for and the hazy picturesque from the glass windows of air-conditioned berth just stopping a little bit more to see and go near to nature absolutely.
Luckily, the movement of train was slower to watch the beautiful mountains in and around every nuke and corner and in some parts it seems that we are so much nearer to top of one mountain and then comes the tunnels which goes deeper into mountain and goes into it and cross it to another mountain, an absolutely wonderful spectacle to be part with it. There has been some mountains with rocks solid in and around of it and some mountains with plenty of trees and in some parts we saw the presence of flocks of monkeys moving in and around different branches of trees out there.
Slowly, hill and mountainous parts slowly go over and then comes the plain lands but to my utter surprise there has not been any sort of valuable and important stations worthy to buy good food out there. Still, the route and the precision of the journey were such that we have to move with it and the prolonged journey seems many a times monotonous and boring but, still there has not been any options to it at all. In the end, we reached at Yashwantpur at nine past fifteen minutes and the train was late for some minutes.
Speed of Garib Rath train from Puri has been fantastic and during the course of running on plane lands its speed has been fast and the enjoyment within the air conditioned berths have been fantastic and the overall time spent within the journey has been great. Meanwhile, during the course of journey, on the berths just front of us came three persons from Khurda Road and they reached there from Jajpur and Raygada and among those three there has been one couple and it seems they had recently married and during the course of journey it was known that both were in service and their marriage was not the arranged one.
It seems that the parents of male couple have not acceded to this marriage and all these three persons namely the third one could possibly the brother of a female couple have been continuously discussing about it throughout this journey. It seems that the parents of girl’s parents are very much agree to this and subsequently through out the journey they have been discussing about it as at times it seems to us that they should discuss these matters with a silence as their loud discussions are hurting the attentions of not only us but also attentions of other passengers.
Meanwhile, just inside the next berth there has been some group of students especially the sports persons who might have been going to Bangalore for attending some competitions. Most of them have been shouting through out night probably talking about competitions as well as other matters of significance but at least for them not for us and then, some of them through out night run the songs on their mobiles which continue to disturb us during sleep as inside of air conditioned compartment, the sound comes sharp and that could create absolute disturbances for the inmates as the songs continue to run through out night and creates absolute disturbances in sleep in this long journey.
Passengers who are creating disturbances should learn from it and should stop such disturbances all by themselves without any such interference from others. Finally, we reached at Yashwantpur station. It was already quarter past to nine in the night. While during the course of the journey we anticipated this late of reaching for training and for this we intimated to caretaker of holiday home earlier. We have intimated to him that we should be reaching there after ten as by rule the gate of holiday home closes at nine pm and for this we have to intimate earlier so that these gates should be open while we reach there.
We reached at the platform number four of Yashwantpur station which is at the outskirts of Bangaluru city. We reached to pre-paid auto from platform number one to reach the city railway station where the holiday home is at a walk able distance. The cost of pre-paid taxi was three rupees and it took almost 20 minutes to reach nearer to Binny Mills which is situated nearer to city railway stations out there. Finally, just 15 minutes prior to ten o’ clock in the night we reached at holiday home.
At first, by mistake we go into quarters of Binny mills which are situated just by the side of holiday home where the employee’s quarters are also there. The behavior of the taxi driver was so good that he even apologized us for by mistake entering into Binny mills out there. We reached at the holiday home and at the entrance, the guard was there and he asked us whether we are for holiday home and we acceded to it and then taxi drop us from there and we slowly enters into the front gate arena of holiday home.
Caretaker was waiting out there, and he asked for identity card and the letter of holiday home confirmation which was for four days and then he associated us with room at the fourth floor and luckily the lift was there and it was the most modern life system clearing all sorts of fears from us. The caretaker asked us did we have food, we said no and was there any worthwhile hotel adjacent to it, he said yes and with some walk able distance. The canteen of holiday home was closed officially at nine pm and we are late to it and when we went outside to search for hotels nearby could not find a single hotel and we do not have courage to go at stretch to such distance of searching for hotels in the night in faraway place of ours.
We returned from half distance as due to route of training and no pantry car available we could not eat quality food as well as during the course of the entire journey as well as we reached late and the canteen of holiday home was closed there on. Luckily we do have some instant noodles packet and we prepare it and eat it so that at least something should be inside of our stomach so that we could not feel exhausted after such a long journey. The entire journey was tiresome coupled with noises inside berth all through day and night and for better part the availability of quality foods are not there, and even if after reaching holiday home for some delay in time still the canteen of holiday home was closed as well as there was no good hotels nearby.
Still, the climate of that place was so wonderful and there was a nice temple nearby with south Indian architecture at its brilliance and at some point of distance the main railway station which should be convenient for us while we return as well as, the city railway station the part of Metro station was there for ours convenience. I have observed the road conditions of this city were not so good, which is a very rarity now in most parts of the nation. Encroachments of household are so much so that one need to be an extra bit of cautious while walking as the distance between you and vehicles roaming by are far lesser and one need to be careful about it.
Apart from this I have seen that there has been much fruit vendors covering the paths of footpaths and it becomes almost difficult for us to walk within them as well as those fruit vendors also cost very high of their food products. So, it is wiser not to buy foods from them as well as it is wiser to watch from all sides before walking as there has been elongated stones at the sides of foot paths instead of plain walking fields. Those paths are very treacherous to walk on as well as there would be no scope to walk on the road due to movement of large number of vehicles in and around these areas which make the entire walking and roaming experiences during the course of journey difficult to sustain.
Nevertheless, I could find the life and the pattern of what the busy life could it have been whether this should be good or bad is matter of judgment but still we have to find the right course of action of understanding exact phenomenon behind this so as to find the right kind attentiveness in understanding the fully functional part of this journey.
With development more and more vehicles are there on the roads. It becomes extremely difficult for pedestrians and bicycles as in most of smaller towns like coastal town of Puri which consists of large number of people and travellers and for this more and more people from nearby townships reached ere and makes the town extremely difficult to roam around.
In foreign countries people know the rules as they find the fines of walking around roads and violation of road traffics is extremely higher.
Recently, government of India introduces heavier traffics violation rules and now it becomes extremely serious violation and fines becomes on higher side. Now, it is extremely higher punishable option and this is important o cut down accidents and high-speed driving to and fro in the routes.
There is higher number of traffic violation and in most of town people think traffic violation is their right and they with high-speed violation of traffics and now this will curb such high-speed driving. Now, the speed in which driving violation becomes on higher side, and now these traffic violators will be punishable offence and that is why be aware of such traffic violators as now they can be easily booked and fined.
In Puri town which is the travelling destination for most of people all around the world and here there are numerous three wheeler autos which goes with high-speed and sometimes move with high-speed and that makes walking or riding of bicycle is very difficult. Now with the introduction of this rule traffic violators will find extremely difficult to find the way out to escape from punishable offences.
This article aims to let all people know about difficulties of pedestrians and bicycle riders so that people will find solace in understanding that rule of law is there and when some speeding vehicle aimed to escape from such traffic offences then they will find themselves in the wrong turn now.
If you are driving vehicle at high speed then the amount of fine begins from 400 rupees to 2000 rupees. If any passenger vehicles go into high-speed then the fine amount is 10,000 rupees. If any vehicle, goes with the high amount speed in dangerous speed then the fine amount is 10,000 rupees.
If any vehicle violates traffic rules and signals then fine is about 10000 rupees. Now, if you are using mobile while driving then be aware of such gestures while driving then you will have to fine it about 10000 rupees. There are many no overtaking zones and in these zones if you overtake then, you will have to face fine for traffic violation, of about 10000 rupees.
If you are not wearing seat belt inside car then you will violate traffic rules, then you will fine for about 1000 rupees. If inside car child under the age of 14 does not have seat belt attached then the fine is about 1000 rupees. Be aware bike riders who have more than two persons then liable for penalties. The fine is about one thousand rupees in the case more than two persons. When you drive vehicles and heard the sirens sounds of ambulance or fire vehicle, then stop and provide side to them and maximum space to them, otherwise you will liable for penalties such as 10000 rupees.
There are many restricted zones such as hospital zones or any other restricted zones then make sound of horn in these areas are of highly punishable offences and of you sound horn in these no sound zones then it is a punishable offence and fine is about to be 2000 rupees. This article is about to let people educate about what are the changes to traffic rules and it is important to check out what are the fine amount and it is a disclaimer that it is important to check punishable amount and confirm from official websites.