Our constructions are no better than slums. We are aiming at constructing a world-class capital for which we need expertise in construction. There are no companies that have experience in this area. There may be firms such as L&T, Shapoorji Pallonji. You [media] only write reports that their quality of construction is not up to the mark.
Traffic Restrictions imposed by the Police on the occasion of Mr. Naidu's hosting an Iftar Party in Guntur, has greatly inconvenienced the People of Andhra Pradesh, the People of Guntur City. When will the hardships and travails of people end?
Well, our highly respected Chief Minister of Residual Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, has great opinions. Here is one such golden quote:
"...Our constructions are no better than slums. We are aiming at constructing a world-class capital for which we need expertise in construction. There are no companies that have experience in this area. There may be firms such as L&T, Shapoorji Pallonji. You [media] only write reports that their quality of construction is not up to the mark ..."
Link to read this news report: Click here to go to TheHIndu.com
India is a country of proven technical capabilities. For example, ISRO, Sriharikota, has recently sent into space 20 satellites in one go. India has the record of building Konkan Railway, which is a technical marvel. The Waltair-Kirandul Railway Line also definitely matches with Projects executed by Foreign Companies all over the World. The Railway line from Jammu to Kashmir (substantial part completed) with numerous tunnels along and across insurmountable hills proves the technical prowess of India. Larsen & Toubro, and Shapoorji Pallonji too have good performance records, apart from many other Indian Companies such as HIndustan Construction Ltd., which has executed the Construction of Godavari Rail-Road Bridge. Similar, is the case with VidyaSagar Setu in Kolkata.
The construction-quality of work done by L&T and Shapoorji Pellonji, at Velagapudi for the Temporary Secretariat Buildings of Andhra Pradesh might have suffered somewhat marginally, owing to very short time given to them for executing their work, and the continuous pressure mounted by the Chief Minister and his Cabinet Colleauges to finish the work in an unrealistically short time. Besides, nature of designs and plans, the quality of the soil on which structures are raised, the impact of monsoons, the impact of summer heat, scarcity of water, quality of local cement, quality of local sand, quality-quantity-skills of the masonry workers, Rod-bending workers available in the State (They also, normally do good work, under trying and difficult conditions), etc. myriad factors will decide on the outcome. Anyway, I am not paid here by anybody, to defend the work done by L&T, and Shapoorji Pallonji. That can be left to the experts.
What is irritating then?
What is irritating then? Mr. Naidu has passed sweeping comments, as if Singapore Companies were paragons of virtue, and Indian Companies are daemons and devils. Indian Companies may have their own limitations and shortcomings, which are not irreparable or incorrigible. They can be guided by giving pacca specifications of the work, inspection of their work by honest Government Officials, etc. etc.
If Indian Constructions are like slums, those who are dissatisfied can always abandon India to the dirty Indians like us, and go to London or Singapore and live. Haven't Vijay Mallya, some Tatas, some Jindals, some Mittals and numerous others, gone and settled abroad?
At present , our bureaucrats and politicians are going on foreign jaunts quite often on some pretext or other. Mr. Rahul Gandhi is on a vacation abroad. Mr. Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy is on a vacation in London. Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu has went on a vacation to Switzerland in May 2016.
On every visit, bureaucrats, business persons and politicians, can make some advance arrangements for future settlement abroad, by purchasing properties, making some investments, meeting neighbours and important persons in the places where they intend to settle, etc. etc.
I only pray our bureaucrats, business persons, and politicians, not to make generalised comments about "our constructions being slums" and some "Singapore fellow is an Angel" etc. etc.
Let us realise that WE ARE WE (WE INDIANS ARE INDIANS), and THEY ARE THEY (FOREIGNERS ARE FOREIGNERS). They may have some merits, which they might have derived by adopting numerous techniques such as creating tax havens, permitting smuggling activities etc., etc., subtly. So what? Should we also stoop down?
TAIL PIECE धूम केतु తోకచుక్క
After the bifurcation of United Andhra Pradesh, the Residual Andhra Pradesh has only 13 Districts, a reduced area. Automatically, there will be smaller revenues.
In proportion to the reduction in our revenues, budgets, we should reduce the GRANDEURs and OSTENTATIONS of our Governors, Chief Ministers, Ministers, Speakers of Legislatures, Secretaries, Collectors etc. etc. But, that is not happening.
The hardships of Police Staff in Residual Andhra Pradesh might have worsened. Long working hours. On paper, they may be getting their weekly offs and compensatory holidays. In reality, they may not be getting. Even IAS and IPS Officers may be suffering owing to excessive prodding from Hyderabad and Amaravati.
The number of vehicles, SPs-ASPs-DSPs-CIs-SIs-ASIs-Constables allocated for M.L.A.s, M.P.s, Ministers, Speaker, CM, etc. etc. seem to be outstripping the number of personnel engaged in Criminal Investigations, Prevention of ghastly Crimes, etc.
An Expert Committee may have to be appointed to examine about the security fears and perceptions of our bureaucrats, and People's Representatives. We should recognise that life of a constable or an engineer or a VRO at grassroot-field level is as much valuable as the life of CM / Speaker / Minister / MLA / MP. Most of the Grass-Root Government Staff are working in fields without any protection. Then, why unduly disproportionately large protection only for VIPs?
Is it because many of our bureaucrats / business persons and industrialists / politicians are indulging in some criminal and nefarious activities surreptitiously? Are some other criminals chasing them, hounding them, threatening them? Why our VIPs are feeling so much insecure?
The threat of Maoists may be given as one reason, by our rulers.
ANOTHER POSSIBLE REASON
98% of people of Residual Andhra Pradesh (and Telangana State) are Non-vegetarians, according to news reports. Both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are also very large consumers of liquors, It is a common scene in many homes, that drunken husbands beat and kill wives, drunken sons murder parents, wives and paramours kill husbands, husbands and wives kill paramours etc.
Because of excess consumption of "tAmasika AhAram and rAjasika AhAram" (food which promotes sloth, anger) and "tAmasika vihAram and rAjasika vihAram" (movement of persons in an environment of sloth, anger, lust), people may be becoming violent unpredictably, as they do not have control over their bodies, senses, and minds. In such an event, when they see a criminal bureaucrat / business person / industrialist / politicians / people's representatives, a few people in the crowds may be pouncing on the venomous vituperative thugs.
This may be the reason for the insecurity-perception of our TOPPERS! Hence, they will be asking for more and more security! More and more new bullet-proof vehicles! More and more bullet proof vests! Plain clothed persons behind, on sides, and in front.
Highly venerable Shri Chandra Babu Naidu is very liberal in giving free advice:
Don't drink. PLant saplings !
But my Government will give targets to the Excise Officials to sell more and more liquor, and chase them for performance.
"... tAgostee nIvu niladIyAlammA! tAgi inTiki vastE bhOjanam peTTaddu. appuDE dAri kostADu. ..."
Approx. English: "... You have to ask him straight, if he (husband) comes drunk. If (he) comes drunk, do not give him meal. Then only he will come into the right track. ...".
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu may not know ground realities, or he may not be much interested in ground realities.
What is the ground reality? Either out of love/affection or out of physical fear of being beaten in the presence of neighbors (neighbors may not intervene), suffering wives and mothers rarely retaliate against their drunken husbands and sons. Where is the question of refusing meals for a drunken family member?
It is common in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Wives and Mothers take several years suffering in a helpless condition, the violence from husbands and sons. When the situation culminates, they will, in a no alternative scenario, kill the sleeping husbands and sons with pestles used for making chutneys or with katti pITalu (knives fitted to wooden bases for cutting vegetables, meat and fish). Of course, police will then come to arrest the wives and mothers.
To continue. सशेष. ఇంకా ఉంది.