Delhi to Shimla by Road : Update as of 28th July 2011

Delhi to Shimla

Just a small update for everyone with regard to the road condition between Delhi and Shimla as it stands as of a few weeks ago
First the good news. The stretch from Delhi to Panipat now is simply awesome ( excluding ofcourse our traffic behavior) , the entire stretch from Azadpur to the delhi border has been done up with a series of flyovers placed as well cutting the time drastically. Wide open roads with very few lights ensure that you can zip through this stretch now , a welcome relief from all the years it has taken for this to be completed.

The bad news. Panipat to Ambala is current a massive work in progress project. NHAI is expanding the road to make it into an 8 lane stretch. Good intentions but it makes for poor driving at this point . The current length of the road has been reduced and there are very few straights now available to build and maintain a decent pace. In many places the stretch is only about 500 km’s before there is a small diversion in aid of a flyover pillar being placed. A bit frustrating if you are trying to push but once ready ( not sure when) i am sure this will be an excellent stretch

The flyover work at Zirakpur is over ( FYI for those not aware – post Ambala the expressway has been fully functional for quite sometime now). Traffic is bad but more owing to bad driving than anything else.

The best part and something i have been looking forward to for years is the new stretch between Zirakpur all the way to Parwanoo. A brand new road , with 5-6 flyovers built in makes it a delight now. I managed the run ( which is approx 30 -35 odd kms) in less than 20 minutes , a far cry from the days when it used to take as much as 45-60 mins depending on traffic.

Once at Parwanoo of course the problems which have plagued this area and further on Kalka continue to exist , but there is a bypass being built now which will come out a little before Timber Trail once  completed ( not sure when) which promises to , if not reduce time, at least make the drive less stressful.

Turning off Facebook Open Graph

I am not even going to attempt going into the details , negatives and positives of the announcements which Facebook has made in the recent F8 conference , theres a lot of information out on the web and sites like Watblog have covered it well. What i will touch on is the Open Graph feature

To summarize , Open graph essentially allows other websites to access details of your Facebook account to try and give you a more personalized experience while surfing the internet. FB has tied up with 30 odd vendors across the web right now to try and make this happen. So if you visit a website , the open graph gives you recommendations basis what it thinks you will like – what you like is something it will try and figure out by scanning your FB account – Yes , Privacy suddenly becomes public.

I for one am still in the process of digesting all the implications and the information present on this , but what i did do was to turn off this feature to ensure that till i am 100% convinced (IF) , my details are protected and for those who wish to follow the same approach , this is how you can turn it off ( Incidentally for me it was off by default , but never hurts to check it out)

Login to your account and go to Privacy Settings from the account tab present on the top right. Then go to applications and websites in the choices which you see.  Once inside this page , scroll right to the bottom , to the INSTANT PERSONALIZATION link and uncheck ALLOW. This will deactivate the feature.

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