Why this “No U turn” board”?
Posted on September 12th, 2013

Sent by: Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela

Someone has decided to put up a No U turn board on Galle road in Dehiwela where the Waidya road joins the Galle road. Even after 8pm when the opposite lane is almost empty  the motorists travelling from Wellewathe side  have to go all the way to the Dehiwela station road  junction to turn around and come to enter any lanes up to the 2nd lane. Does anyone realize what a lot of wastage this is of fuel, time and man power? This loss is not only for the motorists but in turn is a loss for the nation. During rush  hours there are ample number  of traffic cops directing the flow, and it is a simple matter  to prevent the motorist from taking a  u turn if the traffic is heavy on the opposite side. It is an utterly unnecessary act to prevent  u turn here at other times.

Wellewathe is opening up the one way turning points into two ways  realizing the need to let go of vehicles as many as possible from the main stream, whereas in Dehiwela just the opposite is happening. During heavy traffic times turning into every single  side lane from beginning of Wellewathe “- Dehiwela junction  up to the Dehiwela Station road  are blocked so that all the  vehicles which  need to turn into all the 18 side lanes have to go all the way  up to the station road junction and come back! Just imagine even if the number of motorists turning into each lane is only  about 50 vehicles, that is an amazing 900 vehicles travelling this distance of about ½ a mile unnecessarily. No wonder the traffic builds up to block the roads all the way back to Wellewathe.

During heavy traffic hours there are more than enough  traffic cops on the road and it is a simple matter for them to stop the opposite  lane traffic and let these vehicles go  off the road while the 2nd and 3rd liens of traffic go on. The traffic cops must be  educated to let the motorists turn when the opposite traffic is low. Even before the No u turn board was put up, there were cops who used to  refuse turning even when the opposite lane was totally empty just to show  their short term power!

As it is, the arrangement in Dehiwela actually helps to build up more congestion than vice versa but then those who make the decision say “‚Even if we do a survey we will find that  this will be the right way”‚!!!!!  And we Srilankans are so used to   accepting decisions made by anyone and  meekly following them  whatever they are, without questioning.

When will we wake up to reality?  


2 Responses to “Why this “No U turn” board”?”

  1. callistus Says:

    Oh!, Mareena, we missed you.Where were you. I haven’t read your article yet, but I guess it is a complaint about the police. I just read it. But I remember seeing this complaint before. Can you not write something fresh for our entertainment.

  2. mjaya Says:

    **And we Srilankans are so used to   accepting decisions made by anyone and  meekly following them  whatever they are, without questioning.**

    This is beyond hilarious! People who blindly accept and do a lot of things of a dogma without questioning saying that others are doing so!!!!!!!! ROFL!!!!!

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