28 mm Worries….

Another episode of one rain and water logging stories and pictures mushroom. We have our CM spending the day looking around with BBMP commissioner jumping the sewage pipes, monitoring the work to be done… the gifted Bangalore got flooded basements, overflowing gutters and submerged roads…

It is said that there were good monitory provisions, adequate contractors but insufficient will from officials to monitor the work.

As usual the work will be done at the pace better known to the BBMP and the contractor, Contractor’s company will be debarred and soon he comes back with another company name and another turn of eye washing the system!! Who cares!!

27 Comments so far

  1. Chitra (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    Sigh! BBMP really must get its act together. Either they need some motivated people on board or they need more people on their team!

  2. psj (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

    I think we also need to commend them because most of the roads look good now.We cnt expect everything to be done in 2 yrs :-)

  3. silkboard (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

    check some of the salaries BBMP officers make (in various pdfs on this BBMP web page). At times I think we trust them with such big and important jobs, do these jobs have enough to attract and retain good talent!?

    Doom sayers will jump in with talk of corruption etc, but the point I am making is – perhaps public sector isn’t getting any good talent, and that is what shows in bad town planning today vs better town planning that happened in Bangalore decade and a half ago.

  4. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    Yes SB, agree. Like many developemd countries, India should look out on outsourcing the essential services to private sector and have clearly defined service and quality levels and accountability.

  5. Naren (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    Stop all these for god’s Sake. atleast for today. Any one care to Wish Dr. Raj Kumar. Today is Annavru’s birthday. Annavrige huttu Habbada Shubashayagalu. You live In our Hearts for Ever.
    Annavrige Jai!!!!!

  6. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm


    I don’t think you get it! do you think our Annavru would have approved his beloved city going drain!!

  7. Naren (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

    @ Rajesh. Hmmmm…. Atleast today u guys hav to bear it. Anyone should hav Posted about Dr. Raj Kumar.

    I could hav clarified ur doubts in post. But i hav abstrained from it. The whole year is there for all your Greviences. Its Never ending. Go to any City its the same. So, I strongly condemn this act of MB, for not Posting abt Annavru on his Birthday Occasion.

  8. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm


    That’s a great idea.

    why don’t you send us a good story that can be shared here! I would be glad to do it for you!!

  9. George (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    What about our responsibility? We, the public build houses on low lying areas(after bribing officials), we block drains with garbage and so on. We are also to blame

  10. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    Yes George, you are right!

    Public can do this as there is no monitoring and effective enforcement / punishments to the culprits.

  11. Naren (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm

    @ Rajesh.. Nope. Its tooo late. I am struck with work(Thats y my blog is empty). Just Few lines will satisfy the Bangaloreans. I think u are well versed with Google search. Waiting for ur post. or else u can post watever u feel about great Person.

  12. VS (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 3:55 pm

    As usual blame the system/gov’t.. sigh!.. come on folks, MB is better than this. Leave that to our beloved Toilet of India.. oops TOI !

  13. tarlesubba (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    ok so the tests are out for version 1 of the solution. not really upto mark. go back comeup with version 2. the question is how many iterations will it take before those drowned in anxiety, inconvenience and nervousness get some relief?
    the question is what are the aspects of this problem and what are the bench marks?

    they have some major Rs plans for valley remodelling going on for all the 3 valleys. some action was seen in the koramangala valley. it might take time.

  14. George Matthew (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

    Outsourcing to private sector works ONLY if there is accountability so that the private sector actually delivers what is promised. All our roads are already maintined by the private sector ie contractors who DO NOT do quality work, for the most part.
    Private/public sector does not matter. Accountablilty does.

  15. tarlesubba (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 8:05 pm

    agree george.
    of all things a retaining wall broke down in halsoor lake. what sort of a work is this?

  16. silkboard (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 8:32 pm

    YEs Goerge, no matter who does the work, you need quality people to farm out that work and then judge and monitor its quality. Is public sector getting the talent now?

    Let me ask it other way. How many of you see your children thinking of a public-sector job as a dream job? Ignore KPSC, UPSC, think asst engrs and others in BBMP. Do you think those positions are getting quality people? Absolutely not. A career in private sector is far more lucrative right now.

    Results are in front of us. Private sector is roaring despite poor infrastructure and what not. Public sector is crawling (even slower than earlier?).

    Just an angle. I know this isn’t the sole reason.

  17. tarlesubba (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    no but that is an important one. but these are such hotly sought jobs that ‘reverse grants’ are available as far as the employers are considered.
    & without govt feeling a crunch how will this ever be reformed? in only the non lucrative intelligence department is the govt facing heat.

  18. Briju Prasad (unregistered) on April 24th, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

    @ Naren……well you seem to be awfully disappointed about many of the posts on MB Bangalore.
    It looks like you want some posts to be featured here but have you really thought that you may be slightly infringing on freedom of thought by setting an Agenda on others??….Well may be not??Just wondering.
    Have you also considered that you may be a tard Negative about your commments here(apart from some Positive Criticism)
    You may want to challenge yourself with it,but I would have to warn you that you risk to be positive.

  19. Naren (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

    MR B.Prasad. Sarina Sari thappanna Thappu annodu nan thappa?? U dont know about critics. Its also a type Freedom of expression. This blog is Related to Top City of the World called Bangalooru. So, there are high expectations from the world. I do criticize the kanji Pingi Posts. & appreciate the Good one. I am not using foul Language like others and eventually those msgs get deleted. Thanks for Bloggers for Retaining my msgs.

  20. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm


    Thanks for your ‘high’ expectations. all I know about critics is ..

    Criticism is the activity of judgement or informed interpretation. In literary and academic contexts, the term most frequently refers to literary criticism, art criticism, or other such fields, and to scholars’ attempts to understand the aesthetic object in depth. In these contexts the term “critic”, used without qualification, most frequently refers to a scholar of literature or another art form. In other contexts, the term describes hostility or disagreement with the object of criticism. Sometimes context, and the contentiousness of the subject, are the only differentiating factors between these two approaches. In politics, for instance (as in the phrase “criticism of U.S. foreign policy”), criticism almost exclusively refers to disagreement – while in an academic, artistic, or literary context (as in “criticism of Romantic poetry”) it usually refers to the activity of subtle interpretation or analysis. Refer Wikipedia for More…

  21. Naren (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    Oh!! Rajesh So, Sweet of you. I can change ur Entire definition from Wikepedia. So, better go for reliable Short and Sweet. The Dictionery meaning is One who forms and expresses judgments of the merits, fAULTS, value, or TRUTH of a matter.
    One who specializes especially professionally in the evaluation and appreciation of literary or artistic works: a film critic; a dance critic.
    One who tends to make harsh or carping judgments; a faultfinder.

    Maybe you can categorize me to third!!

    I hope u got it. I hope u wont write an blog on this!!!!!

  22. Naren (unregistered) on April 25th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    Can any of u guys figure out the 1000th Post of Bangalore Metblogs!!!!!!!!?????????????

  23. Briju Prasad (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 7:41 am

    “Kangi Pingi” posts…….I like that word..thank you for reminding me that,it has been a long time since I used it myself…..reminds me of my college days……..
    Well you say “I dont know what a critic means”……How did you make that up………..so it looks like you hypothesise things about others in the first place,which may not have much evidence and then go on to prove it……….if that is true….you are proving my earlier point about being negative……..otherwise you are wrong about accusing me of not knowing the meaning of a critic……….well I shall let you choose……..and also look forward for your Kangi pingi response…….well just joking dude??

  24. Naren (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    @ Briju, Thanks for ur Kanji Pinji Response. Had u been to college surprising!???

  25. Naren (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 11:39 am

    @ Briju, Thanks for ur Kanji Pinji Response. Sarina Sari thappanna Thappu annodu nan thappa?? well, thapo sarino ninu helale Illa??
    So, u know abt critics. V. Good magaa. Mathe enu samachara??

  26. Rajesh (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm


    Mind well, no personal comments.

  27. Briju Prasad (unregistered) on April 27th, 2007 @ 2:57 am

    @ Naren once again,
    ohhhhhhhhhh,….classical defence.
    You seem to have conveniently forgotten about my latter part of the comments on your hypothesis??
    However you want to know about my college,
    well……surprisingly I bought my Medical degree from the local corner shop(Shetty angadi)
    I guess you have enough to pull my leg??
    Swalpa adjust Maadi saar!!

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