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Summerhill- Sangti road finally metaled, but is just a thin layer of tar on poor materials

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HW raised the voice of a Neri Panchayat local, and persuades HPPWD to provide a metaled road (Summerhil – Sangti). Finally, it was done, but locals’ complaint it’s just a thin layer of tar poured on poor materials on the name of a tarred road, and seeks inspection of the same

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Shimla- Congratulations to Neri panchayat, which ultimately received the mercy of HPPWD, and now has a metaled road after decades of suffering. HW acted on the grievance told by a local resident, and knocked HPPWD’s doors, who didn’t quite took it seriously when we first wrote to them, but they had to when our knocks got heavier and louder. Would you believe that the department even had expressed their inability to locate Neri Panchayat and any road (Summerhill – Sangti) in Shimla? Now, wasn’t that ironical that they tried to play blind to avoid action to relieve the public that was really suffering because of their ignorance.
Anyway, we made sure they find it, and now ultimately, the road is metaled.

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However, the Indian governmental culture of corruption, as always, seems to have successfully tempted the department officials, the private contractors and a few others to exploit the opportunity to engulf a good part of budget allotted for the project. It’s not us who claim that, but the local residents who wrote to us.

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Local residents asked HW to come and have a look at the poor materials sprinkled on the road, which is nothing more than a very thin layer of tar, which probably, the monsoon would wash away. The locals are expecting an inspection of the road by some trustable authority.

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We understand very well that when any government department and a private contractor join hands, it creates a great opportunity to cash on what entirely belongs to the people. Therefore, HW now writing to concerned authorities to investigate the quality of materials and processes used by the contractor in metaling Summerhil –Sangti road, and whether the road is up to the standards defined for HPPWD for the tarring of any road.

To HPPWD, we have just one thing to say, and that is, “Our knocks on the doors of your intentionally ignorant minds would only get louder. May be, we won’t hesitate to break them if the circumstances asked for it”

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 7 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Miraculously quick response of Govt. to a public grievance

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SHIMLA- Yesterday, an HW reader posted a couple of pictures showing damaged footpath inside Old ISBT Shimla Tunnel, where the complainer claimed “Last evening, my aunt, a senior citizen, stumbled into the drain while walking on the footpath inside Shimla’s Old ISBT tunnel.”

Read Complete Text: Shimla’s Old ISBT tunnel not safe for pedestrians

We were surprised to see that at evening the repair work was in progress. We are posting some pictures from the spot as the repair going on. We hope, it’ll be fixed completely in a couple of days.

However, the drains on the both sides of the road inside the tunnel are uncovered and are mostly filled with accumulated waste water, sewage and garbage. That’s in the middle of the city. We don’t think that this trouble will be attended presently.

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That’s because the officials and politicians sitting on official chair are vision-less to such an extent that they can’t even get Shimla city a proper drainage system. So, it’ll be ridiculous to expect them to attend to these issues themselves.

Anyway, we would like to thank the reader, who is also a responsible and active member of the society, for taking the pain to post a complaint with HW. This action of his/her will benefit thousands of citizens who daily use this footpath.

We expect our readers and members to speak for rest of people around them. A little pain to report such public grievance is something that can be done on the go as you come across them. All you have to do is to click a couple of photos with any kind of mobile camera you got with you and post them in HW’s UrNews section that is dedicated to reader submissions or mail it on editor[at]himachalwatcher.com.

We are really sorry for those who think it’s a waste time to take this much pain to highlight such issues. No nation or society can improve and develop without the contribution of the people, and here, such people are rare.

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Summerhill ward roads: Frogs did show up in the elections season

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Shimla has been crying for repair of the roads, but the public didn’t get more than half-hearted patchwork at some of the very selective roads until the election time was here. The only roads which are regularly maintained are the roads which are used daily by VIP officials, like the Chota Shimla road or the restricted Vidhan Sabha to Boileauganj road. Rest is just an election bait.

SHIMLA- Finally, the frogs did show up in the elections season. The roads in Shimla are looking good again. Even the worst and hopeless wards benefited from the occasion of assembly polls. Perhaps, the poorest road condition in the city prevailed in the Summerhill ward under the guidance of it’s respected Councillor. But now, the main roads looks as good as new.

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HW congratulates and offer special wishes to the victims of Summerhill ward for they got rid of the shaking roller coaster rides. Take a look at the image showing a comparison of the tarred road and the earlier condition of the same.
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We aren’t sure for how long, but for now, the roads are going to be in a perfect condition. Rest, the rainy season will conform the quality of the work done.

The Govt. would tell you that it’s not about elections; rather, it’s the suitable weather and appropriate temperature. The match with election timing is just a co-incident. The tarring needs warm temperature, and this is the reason that there was so much delay in tarring the roads. If you ask the Govt. departments why they didn’t do it earlier or why there was so much delay, then they would convince you using the vocabulary they crammed from the Govt. encyclopedia of excuses. Mostly, the phrases ‘insufficient funds’ and ‘bad weather’ are sufficient to officially dispose off the public complaints submitted in written or through online complaint portals.

But, we wonder,the Govt. didn’t find even a single day to repair a couple of KMs long road, which remained in extremely poor condition for over past five years.

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However, Shimla MC and the respected Summerhill ward Councillor, Diksha Thakur, did find time for renaming and preparing for the installation of a statue Shaheed Sardar Bhagat Singh at the Summerhill Chowk. We guess, it’ll show up very soon now.

However, just a couple of weeks before the polling date, the metalling work is run in an emergency mode at various parts of the city. The labor and many crawling machines could be seen working day- night. This emergency action caused traffic troubles for the public as some roads were closed completely for tarring job without proper traffic management.

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Earlier, Shimla kept crying do get the roads repaired, but they didn’t get more than half-hearted patchwork at some very selective roads. The only roads which are regularly maintained are the roads which are used daily by VIP officials, like the Chota Shimla road or the restricted Vidhan Sabha to Boileauganj road. Even the smallest of ditches will be taken care of on such roads.

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HW kept fighting for long, but the insolence of these representatives, including the Chief Minister himself, was far more harder to breach than we had expected. It might have taken them decades to master such a higher stage of consciousness where no public grievance or the unrest in people’s voice is audible to them. Of course, the encouragement did come from the silence of the public, which can’t be ignored. They did their best to tolerate the incompetent political leaders, who lack interest in any sort of public service at all.

The tarring work always makes a good bait in the fishing season (election time), which isn’t supposed to be wasted before time. It must be thrown like pieces of crumbs to starving rats at the last moment, and they find them no less than bliss after all that long suffering and wait for any kind of relief.

But, why the Govt.’s excuses should be of public’s concern as that of public aren’t for the Govt. while it extracts taxes from public regardless to people’s limitations or circumstances? If the Govt. is being paid taxes on time, why does it fail to deliver timely service?

If the Govt. and the heads of its concern departments are overwhelmed by the burden of public service, then their resignation would be the right thing to do. Let someone more capable and willing candidate find solutions to the limitations which prohibit the flow of public services.

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Solved: Shimla MC places new safety railings in Summerhill

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As a positive step, finally, Shimla MC acted on HW’s complaint and placed new safety railings in Summerhill ward, near MP Dhani Ram Shandil’s house to be specific. We wish, we could appreciate the action, but unfortunately, the speed with which MC initiated the action is very poor and the attitude is very peculiar like any stereotype Indian Govt Office . There had been a battle of articles and complaints with the insolent Shimla MC for about two years. Other than this, same drama continues regarding the roads in Summehill ward, which are still in ruins. Click here to take look how efficient our MC and ward councilors are. The first thread of this complaint dates back to 2012, and we aren’t really surprised why Indian system doesn’t work.

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