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Elephants and Traffic

Dec. 27, 2014, 7:52 p.m. » treefall , elephants , pinnawala , colombo , kurunegala , traffic , chart , summary

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This is what traffic at Pinnawela looks like. It happens twice a day, every day pretty much like the morning and evening rush hour in the city. But here it's a caused by elephants at the orphanage being taken to and from the river

Elephants are being orphaned primarily due to humans encroaching on their habitat. Farmers cultivate in by clearing a part of the jungle and simply shoot any elephants that pay a visit. In addition to these unplanned chena cultivations we've also had planned 'development' such as new roads and stadiums also eating into their limited habitat.

Kurunegala and Dambulla were areas where areas that used to have large elephant populations years ago. Now their numbers are less. This traffic causing road building project is merely an expansion rather than a new road. However they still effect wildlife by making it much more difficult for animals to cross from one part of the forest to another

This photo is ofcourse a tree that fell in the heart of Colombo so it isn't exactly related to the above, but we couldn't resist.

Once upon a time Colombo vied for the title of garden city of Asia with Bengalaru. Now both cities are being transformed into concrete jungles.

On the other hand there are positives as well. Demolition of unauthorized structures and eviction of pavement hawkers are painfull but sadly necessary. One really must sympathize with their plight but pavements are for pedestrians. Though the demolitions pictured here caused traffic at the time, the long term effect is positive.

Right, let's get back to business, this post is about the traffic after all though tree falls did have a big part to play in it, and so did protests as usual. There were at least two during the month in Colombo. The net effect of all these factors was an average of 27.5 traffic alerts per day. When you disregards reports of 'less than usual traffic' it turns out to be an average of 26.9 published updates per day.

This was a holiday month so the numbers should have been lower, (25.4 for July and 19.3 for August last year). This shows how great was the impact of the unusual incidences that contributed to the congestion.

traffic chart for August 2014

And we leave you with this reminder that it's not always external factors that lead to traffic. Bad drivers play a significant role

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