Friday, January 06, 2006

Viva BMC!

BMC has been running on top gear , fuelled by all the complaints that we, its proud residents, Bangaloreans have been hurling at them. So rightfully,their asses have been on fire and its challenged them so much, that they woke up and in their sleepy stupor challenged the Bangaloreans back... "We are starting a competetion. If ever, you find a pot hole we will pay you Rs.100". The morning I read that in the papers, I told my dad that I plan on quitting and sitting at home. I had found my route to being a millionare. But my hopes , and as I learnt later, many others' hopes too were crushed when BMP decided to add some clarity to the definition of the competetion, which was, '...this is valid only from a date we will declare, till a specific time.' As you noticed the specific time is not defined.
So I resorted to the only option I had ,breath a heavy sigh, stay employed and then wait to see what the BMC would do.Its been about 1 month since their ultimate challenge.
I should admit, I am impressed with speed at which BMC addressed the issue. Everyday when i ride back home, I am surprised with convex fixtures replacing the old concave one ,esp the 'off-road' road at the trinity circle near the petrol bunk. Do you find some on your way home /work too? Is it a pleasant surprise? Well, I need to ask my back who had to bear the brunt of the fantastic design... mmm, it says that its better than before.
Now picture your favourite junction or circle. Now see the same junction from a bird's eye view. Doesnt it make you proud- the abstract combination of different grays so beautifully woven... what textures,what planning,what colours... it can beat the best quilt-of-the-year any day! I am sure the BMC are proud too. What they have achieved in the last one month is no achievement since its no different from the good old shoddy job they were always good at. The only difference is that this time they were super fast with their lousy job. This is the same bloody patchwork they have always been doing since years- patches that last not more than a couple of months.
Can the BMC declare the duration of the contest as atleast two year?
Can they ever build a road that will last for atleast 2-3 years with no repairs?
Can they build a road and guarantee 'no pot-holes' for 2-3 years?
I am fed up and angry when i see our money being spent so badly in the pretext of serving us. Does it come any where close to serving the purpose it was destined to when we paid our taxes?!!
My dream road is a small stretch of the Golden Quadrangle that I have driven on while travelling to Kerala. I remember my brother telling me that that stretch,which felt like the path to paradise,was built by Larsen and Toubro. I know now that they(L&T) will for sure have a place in heaven- God could use their services. When ever I hit the roads in Bangalore,there is not a day that I dont yearn for a road as heavenly as that one.

I want you people to tell me why do you think that these asses have the audicity to put up such a bad show using our money?!! Please for the sake of your backbone!

22 comments:

NicoleBraganza said...

Very well written - you've laid the truth out bare. Its never any different, but we're not doing them a favour by keepin our mouths shut about it. Keep the pressure on them! I think you should get this published in the newspapers!

DS said...

Rang de Basanti is slated for 20th Jan! Gotta keep waiting... :)

Neets said...

->Nicole:Thanks dear! Glad there are people who think we shouldnt be taking shit like this. And thanks for thinking that this was worth getting printed. Atleast someone feels that! It makes me feel good. ;)

->Div: Ya maan ! i realised to day!!! Googled for the info... Now what will i do for Bakr-id , apart from having biryani?!! Hey, kya yaar , you dont have anything to say about our roads?!! Thu khush hai kya?

Amit Gaur said...

thogh i was in Bangalore for a couple of months but never found roads to be that bad .... roads can be worse .....and then this is common to whole India and not specific to Bangalore ... :-)) anyways .. nice thinking

DS said...

I know, the progress on Bangalore's roads is at a snail's pace! And the new roads that we see are nothing but a layer of asphalt, guaranteed to be washed away in the next rains. The 'Ninety-Crore' billboard that adorned Bannerghatta Road has been taken off - probably due to shame!

Fortunately for me, most of the distance to office is good. The Silk Board - Marathalli road is probably the best in Bangalore (after Koramangala Inner Ring Road and Hosur Road near Electronic City). For, these three roads are the only ones I've managed to touch 100 on my bike. So, generally I don't have big complaints. But when traveling to places like Vijayanagar or even Hudson Circle, it gets miserable.

There definitely is a need to unveil the collusions between BMC and the road contractors - something that's quite evident, and impose hefty fines. How about a guarantee of a minimum lifespan for road construction? Like all consumer devices, roads too should be covered by a guarantee!

Ardra said...

hi nita!
nice to c u on my blog...
ormakalude bhaanda kettu oru vidham aa taalukalil irakki vecchirunnu...
ini veendum shekharikkanam- varthamaana kaalam bhoothakaalamaayi maRunnavare -athu vare venamenkil u can drop in at
www.ardramaamsandhyakal.blogspot.com
ardra

Salonii said...

Hey Neets! Thanks for stopping by at my blog. Ah! the roads in Bangalore! What does one say about them? Suffices to say, have a good back and a penchant for roller coasters :)
I consider myself half bangalorean - by virtue of having lived there three years! I love the place though - with all of its faults ;)
On an aside, I see you and Div were discussing Rang De Basanti - well, I've quite taken to the song "Mohe mohe tu rang de basanti" - Look forward to seeing the movie when it runs by here!

kickassso said...

heh! the roads are really good in bangalore, but too many damn one ways.... drove me batty:D

Neets said...

div-> guarantee is a great idea. the idea should be coupled with some penalty if somethin goes wrong. i hope the govt thinks of doing somethin good.

ardra-> thanks dear. i love the way you write... will keep visiting your blog and hope you drop by too.

salonii->thanks dear. need to go to wellington and find that mountain.

kickasso-> glad to hear that someone appreciates blore roads. may be you have to live here to appreciate it even better.:))) you are right the one-ways are another pain in the ... well let me be your guide, :) try taking a trip on the koramangala 50ft road... it one adventurous trip...hope you'l enjoy it man...

cheti said...

bangalore roads !!! sighhh !!! how bad can it get ? ANd now that Daram Singh has given up on it too .. i wonder what will happen ! What i dont understand is .. they start of all these nice projects .. dig the whole place up and just leave it to rot !!! I am beyond anger ..

btw .. how did you run into my blog ? No one comes there unless I literally drag them there !

Neets said...

cheti-> musaafir hun yaaron...
was sailin from blog to blog... and then on my way i was yours :)

Granny said...

There is no such thing as coincidence. I was reading the blog of a friend who enjoys trying international recipes.

She was puzzled by one of the ingredients. Here's an excerpt from her post
=====

Its from the cookbook that is Low Calorie Indian style. I don't know what one of the ingredents is so if I could get some help with this I would thank you. The Ingredient is called Sago ( sabu dana ) The dish is an Apple Kheer and it looks delish.

==

I'll google it for her as well but you might have better info.

Just leave a comment for email me at
ann.adams95340@gmail.com whichever you prefer.

Granny said...

I should have looked it up first. It's a thickener; much as we over here would use corn starch.

If you know anything more than that, I still like to hear from you.

Known Stranger said...

you are asking for the cake and want to eat the cakee too. no heaven in hell.. just kidding. i speak everything with an oxymoron.

vaishnav

Known Stranger said...

http://www.xanga.com/vaishnav/407480832/item.html

:: S-a-t-z :: said...

Did u change ur template?

Miles to go said...

Hi Neets,

Thank you for coming by to Post. I found your comments thought out, kind and supportive. It appears you are quite an activist!

Neets said...

granny-> thanks for commin by my blog. i loved the strong subj u dealt with there. regarding, 'sabu dhana' i have sent you a mail. hope you would have recieved it.

KnownStranger-> STRANGE but i think i KNOW you from last 'janam'... remember 'dost' we were the ones who invented 'Oxymorons'. The english lang owes us big-time. Dont you agree dude? :) Hows chennai doing ?

satz-> Guru, shishya hasnt done project. blame office :(( me will be working on it. its 1:10 am next morning... so i guess procrastination is gonna take over... my blog's parlour visit is gonna be rescheduled to this weekend.

Miles to go -> 'activist' makes me proud. i feel big... i might turn into a snob stuffed with pride.
ouch! my alter ego kicks me and tells me to tell you that i am thankful for the generous complement. but i know that i am just a big-mouth! :)

Wacky Vin said...

I always wonder why don't they give ticket for breaking trafic rulles in Bangalore.Govt can earn more money than IT exports.

Known Stranger said...

ha h aha ha .. hmmm.. the most pathetic meaning and definition we both made to oxymoron was never to see beside each other as when the circular square looks at each other they both faint. ha aha ha ...

chennai.. is rocking do you know why ? read up this artical.

http://www.fdimagazine.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/1489/ASIAN_CITIES___REGION

I am an oxymoron and i dont want to hide it. the best part of my oxymoron is i accept i am the way as i am.

RAHUL said...

Hey neets, atleast in Bangalore, they had done something to imoprove the roads, u come to mumbai & see what the hell road becomes when its rainy season all road has so many holes on the road. Regarding our money paid as taxes that is first used to pay their salary which is increased twice in a year & than also they will not get satisfied than balance goes for their foreign visit to see the roads there than if some balance remains than they spend on the facilities given to us that also with some understanding between both the parties so till the time our whole government improves or they give it to private company forget ur dreams roads.

Jithu said...

it feels bad that our money is spent on such mockeries while it cud've been used for a better cause. bt as usualy the crowd doesnt have questioning ability rt, so...