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Bangalore Metro – Rhetorical!

“History teaches us that men & nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives” – Abba Eban

Finally the much awaited Namma Metro started operating on October 20, 2011, much after the set deadline which was March 30, 2010. I wonder at times why does Indian Government have deadlines at all? Who has ever adhered to them? Well I am sure our Government has enough and more funds to bear all the delays and of course the additional costs of everything, right from raw material to labour to interest rates on the borrowed amount from other countries!

After the smooth running Kolkata Metro & the successful Delhi Metro, the IT city of India decides to roll out its grand and ambitious metro project to alleviate traffic woes in the city. Definitely a great initiative by the government. But of course with the most corrupt politicians waiting for every opportunity to fill their pockets, how could one every think of metro starting its operations on the dot! I read in the newspapers that the approximate cost of Bangalore Metro with the delay comes upto Rs 6400 crores, and and this is the cost of phase-I which covers 8.7 kms. Phase-II has begun and the cost is estimated around Rs 25000 crore which will cover an area of 70 kms. Ambitious again! I know I am being extremely cynical here, but then the public at large, rich & poor alike have to bear the brunts of the corrupt practices of these politicians. Of what I read, (I would like to believe the media here, though they blow things out of proportion) and also heard from an insider (political house), Mr. E Sreedharan, the managing director of Delhi Metro was to take charge of the Bangalore Metro as well. But then, knowing his reputation of finishing work as per the deadline, he was kept away from taking over the project. Isn’t it obvious that he wouldn’t be allowed to undertake any such projects, or how else will the politicians survive?

I haven’t taken a ride on the Bangalore metro yet, but i am looking forward to the test drive and will come back with my view or review of the metro and its functioning 🙂

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Bangalore, Delhi, Metro, people, politicians

 

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Honking = faster moving traffic ?

Monday the first day of the week,  beginning of the new week. I wonder how people get Monday blues…may be the day I’ll experience it I’ll know….But I am so damn pepped and fresh on a Monday morning after the weekend….It feels great to come to office and get back to the hectic mode….I mean one reason I love my job and am on a growth and learning spree.

Well since I live far from my office and travel by bus, have to go through the torment of the heavy traffic in the city especially on a Monday morning. According to me reasons for horrendous traffic on Monday morning could be due to the following reasons:

  • People returning from back to their respective homes after a weekend
  • People going early to the office than the weekdays
  • A heavy downpour on Sunday night
  • Many vehicles on the road after the weekend so difficult to manage the traffic

Brigade Road, Bangalore

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Well since I use public transport, I often get to see the traffic and its behaviour. Everyone is in a hurry. Of course why not? Everyone has to reach office, school, college etc on time. Who the hell wants to face the brunt of the pollution and who on earth has the time n patience to wait till the vehicle ahead or besides you move ahead….If the signal is red and there is a vehicle ahead of yours how on earth can honking make it move faster I simply fail to understand.  This is especially the case with the state transport buses and the auto rickshaw drivers….They can kill you by honking non-stop…But then we can’t do much about it because they will just not pay heed to what you are saying!

 
 

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