Bangalore’s much talked Underpass at Kaveri junction is finally ready, alas the BBMP staff is getting out of the stress of planning, execution and most importantly Public relations abode. 3 days to 33 days, a symbolic situation which has raised many questions on capabilities, competence and completion of governament initiatives. Construction of this underpass was hyped as one of the most technological advancement that gets the work to finish using pre-cast structures in less than 3 days as the officials claimed.
No, I don’t want to start over blame game as the topic is chewed off so much already, but the question is what have we as a system have learnt from this episode(pardon my unified expectations). Few questions at large..
- Will we ever plan our public utilities and infrastructure better?
- Will the Govt. Machinery ever use professional approach, structured planning methods and enhance communication by and between departments?
- Will citizens continue to bear the escalated costs and fiscal burdens for the inefficiencies and ill-accountability within govt departments and scholar bureaucrats finally?
- Will people vote for ‘citizen satisfaction’ as a parameter in elections for political parties?
Update as on 21st Feb:
Cracks developed already! and a water supply pipe leaking. Roads at the underpass were asphalted only two days before the inauguration. But they developed cracks within a few minutes after vehicles started plying. The commissioner said roads developed cracks at some points where the land was dug to shift utilities. The Palike has identified such points and repair work will be taken up soon. Life still goes on…