Story of Shimla’s suffering due to ongoing constant and poorly conducted digging work
It is a case of sheer lack of proper planning. A phrase is ‘measure twice cut once’. It means plan and prepare thoroughly before taking action otherwise there is waste of resources-men, money and material.
SHIMLA- Many live by the side of the Bharari-Ragyan road. Water flows to their houses through pipes buried under one of the fringes of this road. This fringe of the road is under constant digging. First, it was dug then converted into a pucca drain and then cemented drain was dug again to bury electric wires but those were found to be of a size bigger than the required, the fringe was dug again and the right size of wires were laid out, the uneven fringe was levelled. A small JCB machine is used for this constant digging.
The contractor responsible for doing all this bothered not if underneath there were water pipes carrying water to the houses and dug the pipes too. In their last venture, they pulled out my pipes and I had to make holes in my wallet to see that the water ran to my house.
Recently, to the surprise of many residents and mine, I saw the fringe was dug again (See photo). What should I call it? A total apathy on part of the government or the slogan bestowed upon the PWD – road pucca; employment kuchha: road kuchha; employment pucca! It is a case of sheer lack of proper planning. A phrase is ‘measure twice cut once’. It means plan and prepare thoroughly before taking action otherwise there is waste of resources-men, money and material.
Apathy in government employees is not because they are low-paid or hungry. As far as the pay packet is concerned, I dub government employees as ‘rich servants of a poor master’. But apathetic employees are just there. Why are they apathetic? They are so because it is part of their personality. Sometimes abrasive bosses or co-workers can cause employees to tune out and they care less and less about the work they do.
The result is that the public suffers. They do not care for the good of the public for which they hold office. Sometimes a false ego of being the public masters instead of the public servants envelopes them. As ‘know-all’ personalities, they do not pay any heed to what the genuine demand of the public is. The result is that they are mirrored as arrogant.
The administration need to be revived and reminded of its duties before ill-effects of their low willingness to actually serve the public, to actually do what they are supposed to do.
Top Image: Himachal Watcher