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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Reasons why bridges keep collapsing all over India: Delhi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, everywhere

The under-construction metro bridge collapsed in Delhi, causing the death of five persons. Bridges are now falling at regular intervals in this country.

Sometime back there was an incident in Delhi, earlier in Lucknow and before that in Hyderabad.

Still, bridges aren't falling everyday in India. Surprised at this statement! Yes, it surprises me when one sees how these bridges are built.

Just the other day I met an old acquaintance from Uttar Pradesh who had come for a visit after finishing a project. He had just finished the construction of a bridge and was in a holiday mood, awaiting clearance of his cheques.

I casually asked him about the construction work and that's what he told me: "The 26% cut straight goes to the officials and engineers, then 7% goes in taxes, 8-10% goes to local strongmen, junior engineers and other troublemakers who either extort or threaten to hamper work".

Construction was done more at night to avoid other extortionists including policemen."We keep 20% profit for ourselves. So the project has to be completed in just about 38% of the original budget that is needed for the complete construction of a safe project".

So if an overpass 'puliya' has to be constructed for Rs 1 crore, the contractor must build it in around Rs 35 lakh. How will he construct and if he does, how will it stand a few monsoons or high traffic?


'Cuts': Money has to go to everyone, officials, politicians, cops

And why is the 26% cut? Everybody needs it, officials have to send money to those up in the hierarchy up to the ministers. And there is no secret about it. Everybody knows it.

In case of Central schemes, the situation is even bad. I asked him if the bridge will stand. "Hopefully", he said.

"I have done my best and at least, it's better than the construction which other contractors are doing in the area around. So it has fair chances of standing for a couple of years."

Bureaucracy is complicit: No one can dare to speak

And nothing can probably check this corruption. Almost entire bureaucracy is complicit and those who dare to speak up, are either shunted out or 'silenced' so that the chain is not broken. Everybody must keep getting their share of bribes and cuts.

Ironically, it is this system that needs to be cleansed but it remains a non-issue. As long as Old British-built bridges exist despite having far outlived their life, we are moving.

But in a few decades, when majority of flyovers and bridges in this country would be the ones built in recent history, we will perhaps see more collapses.

Contractor will be held accountable, never the bureaucrat

But the real 'traitors' who steal our money and compromise our safety, remain safe. If ever something goes wrong, it is the contractor who will be held, just for eyewash. The bureaucrat will remain safe.

What a wonderful system! The need of the hour is a public movement against this level of corruption but there are no such signs visible.

14 comments:

Sandeep Monga said...

Yes Adnan,There will be many more bridge collapses or bridges collapsing,if one can put it this way, in the furue.In the last 1.5 years there have been almost 5 accidents on the metro sights while before that there weren't any.I for one have decided that I will keep travelling in my car now instead of Metro.I was so happy that metro was coming to our area& looking forward to travelling in the metro,now I think it will be delayed & I was luky that I was not passing from there today.I will also read the torture report today & will comment later

How do we know said...

totally agree....

mohammadshamim said...

Adnan:
Chattisharh killings? 30 poor police men who save our families have been killed. Not a major story for our TV, our newspapers, our photo-journalistas. Why ???. Shame on we Indaians.. Ok, they were Muslims who killed them. Al quaida? or Kashmiris???? Pl respect those innocent duty bound policemen.

Sandeep Monga said...

Another mishap on the same sight just half an hour back.God help us

Ye manzilen !! said...

Oh my my....

adal said...

The system of granting contracts and the many claimants of the contractors and certification of bridges constructed etc. needs a complete overhaul.A lokayuct be appointed to monitor the bridges underconstruction
Along wth raids the people be reoriented to avoid being "greedy".

priyanka said...

I feel sick of all this. We are living in a messy absurd country. Here, if we construct bridges, they are broken..people die.If it is parched..no rain, then people die. If it rains( like in mumbai), whole city gets clogged and people die.When winter comes..people die of cold.Children are picked up out of houses and murdered,womens are raped,robberies etc are everyday affiars. Right from school admissions to college admss. to jobs,internships and everywhere--Jack works. The whole country is running principally on corruption. Injustice everywhere.
But yet, i have hope.

priyanka said...

I feel sick of all this. We are living in a messy absurd country. Here, if we construct bridges, they are broken..people die.If it is parched..no rain, then people die. If it rains( like in mumbai), whole city gets clogged and people die.When winter comes..people die of cold.Children are picked up out of houses and murdered,womens are raped,robberies etc are everyday affiars. Right from school admissions to college admss. to jobs,internships and everywhere--Jack works. The whole country is running principally on corruption. Injustice everywhere.
But yet, i have hope.

Lucknowite said...

@Priyanka, I don't know what is your definition of "messy absurd country"? Its a cinical statement showing utter dejection. Ask yourself "Do you have a better choice"? Which country according to you is ideal, flawless, peaceful. Europe, Americas or Australia? where Indians are subjected to racism in their so called civilized societies! Africa? where living conditions are still worst in the world for the masses. Or irrationally conservative Arbs. You know none of other places you would have been allowed to call your country messy, absurd.
Yes India has problems so do others. The issue is that no one of us want to take initiative, still expecting a messiah to come and revamp the whole thing! Do we not bribe the municipal authorities when we want to take approval of our home design or shop? do we not bribe the policeman when we get caught driving without lisence? when it comes to us, we freely embrace the system.
As a normal citizen we have to do our bit, it will be difficult I know and full of obstacles, but systems are not changed so easily.

mohammadshamim said...

Hi Adnan:
Where are you, have not written about Indian media's -TV, Newspapers, political leaders, Govt ministers, Communal party's leaders and Varun Gandhi's total black out of 30 innocent, poorly paid, protectors of law and ordinary citizens with their one Sutd of Police being killed by Maoists in Chhatisgarh. No body ever went there to report. Even Adnan, you did not bother. Shame. Limit of 'who cares' attitude if there is no glamour ( like Muslim names). The killing has to have some 'masala', some 'tadka' of Muslim names or Muslim named parties involed!
Police men! if you want some recognition of your valor on Red Fort ceremony, you have to kill or get killed by a Muslim. Period.

indscribe said...

Sandeep bhai, HDWK, Priyanka, Adal, Ye Manzilein, Lucknowite thanks for your comments.

Shamim:

I have written on Naxal strikes regularly. However, it is my blog---neither a Naxal watchdog nor focused solely to militancy. I can't keep barking about the same thing a million times.

In fact, not 30, the exact figure had gone up to 38. It got wide publicity and every paper has prominently published it, more so because an IPS (SP) was killed in the incident.

mohammadshamim said...

Adnan: Sorry for that. I never wanted to offend you. You are correct

Haider Khan said...

Gammon was associated with the lucknow bridge ....there are four professions in india which needs to be checked urgently

1.Contractors
2.Police
3.Lawyers,Judiciary
4.Doctors!! (the moral corruption and the business thats taking place inside the hospitals are still hidden from the media and the people)

Innocent said...

@priyanka

We are absolutely living in anarchy. I dont know how come we celebrate our democracy when we have such lawlessness in our country. We should take a cue from China. What is the use of democracy if it cannot give you basic amenities to live. Shame on us, we as people have failed our country. We have allowed our politicians to rape our country and fool us time and again. I wish for another december 13. those guys would have liberated us out of our filth but alas!....
We should stand up against all this. We cannot loose our motherland. If we dont care no one else will.