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The place skybuses, bullet trains, e-highways, seaplanes, underwater metros, driverless automobiles, tireless scooters, two-wheeled tricycles, will likely be crisscrossing one another at excessive speeds

The place skybuses, bullet trains, e-highways, seaplanes, underwater metros, driverless automobiles, tireless scooters, two-wheeled tricycles, will likely be crisscrossing one another at excessive speeds

For the final couple of weeks, there’s simply been one phrase in my head. Journey. Journey. Journey. And the way shut our historical tradition is to the way in which individuals commuted within the Star Trek, Star Wars and Maya Bazaar of my youth. And these vivid fantasies concerning the close to future have been spurred by the slew of superb studies from our transport ministry.

(I’ve to admit right here that I’m an unabashed fan of our transport minister, and wrote a shifting piece elaborating on his proposal of utilizing Indian musical devices to enhance the sound of our vehicular horns.)

These, fellow journey buffs, are simply among the improbable developments in retailer for us within the coming days.

Whereas addressing a current occasion, Gadkariji stated, “I need to begin skybuses from Dhaula Kuan to Manesar and later lengthen it to Sohna to scale back visitors and air pollution.”

What’s a skybus, you ask? Don’t be daft. It’s a bus, okay? And it goes within the sky, dammit. That’s all I must know.

At one other venue, the transport minister stated “With full religion I need to say that petrol will vanish from the nation after 5 years.” That, to me, is good information. As a substitute of our cash vanishing on the pace of sunshine, it’s that dastardly petrol that may vanish. Take that, petrol! I can’t consider a single factor that might make me happier, apart from information of Ambujam aunty’s upcoming arangetram being cancelled.

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Then got here information that travelling from Chennai and Bengaluru will quickly take solely two hours when the brand new inexperienced expressway between the 2 cities is accomplished. You recognize what which means, proper? Once I host my subsequent grand social gathering in Adyar, Chennai, company from Yelahanka, Bengaluru, will arrive earlier than these from Thiruvanmiyur.

Barely had I bought over the delirium of those tidings, once I was pounded within the intestine with the pleasant announcement that we’re going to have our first e-highway very quickly. Which means autos that journey on this freeway will likely be supplied energy by way of overhead electrical cables.

All this has put my journey plans in fifth gear. What enjoyable holidays are going to be. I’m so trying ahead to taking the skybus sporting my skysuit. I simply can’t wait to see the uniforms of the skybus hostesses although. I hope they are going to be dressed just like the apsaras of yore who took care of hospitality on our pushpaka vimanams.

Then, as we zoom by means of the sky sipping on chilled thandai, we’ll look down on the electrically powered bullock carts dashing beneath us on the e-highway and chuckle and chuckle concerning the days we used to purchase petrol at exorbitant charges. When one of many dashing bullock carts all of the sudden disappears by means of an enormous gap that has all of the sudden appeared within the freeway, will we fret? No. You recognize why? As a result of it’s all deliberate. The e-powered bullock cart will land safely on our wondrous nation’s first ever underwater metro service (which has been introduced, too, hurray!) working just under the e-highway, experience seamlessly atop the dashing prepare and emerge, with no loss in any respect in transit time, out of the subsequent handy gap within the e-highway, get a contemporary jolt of high-voltage electrical energy, and zoom off with out lacking a beat, typically in the wrong way.

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Skybuses, bullet trains, e-highways, seaplanes, underwater metros, driverless automobiles, tireless scooters, two-wheeled tricycles, jet-propelled meen vandis, headless horsemen – all crisscrossing one another at excessive speeds, I don’t learn about you, however my luggage are packed.

Krishna Shastri Devulapalli is a satirist. He has written 4 books and edited an anthology.

By- The Hindu

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