Nothing magical about it?

Well, well, well. In spite of all the hard work that they are putting into the project, repeated delays have just proved that the BBMP is hardly the epitome for living upto deadlines.

The BBMP has pushed the deadline for completion of magic box underpass (pre-cast elements) near Cauvery theatre Junction for the third time. First it was January 19, then January 29 and now, it’s the first week of February.

One wonders why such infrastructural projects cannot be handed over to entities in the private sector better suited to the job specifyiing time bound actions and imposing penalties for delays.

I had an opportunity to pass by the site yesterday and all I can say is that the place gives the impression of being in a war zone. Chaos seems to rule at the place; order, if any, must exist only in the minds of the engineers supervising the work. Compounding the problem are the presence of sundry spectators ( like yours truly ) and gawkers, some even coming in the way of the toiling workers.

Here are a couple of pics which should give you a clue at the scene.

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Commissioner Subramanya must be ruing the day when the ‘magic box’ concept was proposed!!!

13 Comments so far

  1. chappar (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

    give it to professional organization??? like what? with corruption in place even in securing the guns that is needed to secure our border we will only be fools to thing that the tender process will be corruption free. With corruption in place the cost of project would escalate considering the fact that the babus and politicians share is well included intelligently in the tender money.And finally who will get the tenders people like " utter pradesh road and bridge corporation" we have seen such ilks who took ages to build a flyover near jaydeva and airport road. Its better if the he place looks like war zone and project is completed in 1 months time rather than these stupid contractors and subcontractors handling them. Well i never though the work will be over in 3 days people who thought were just not in touch with reality :)


  2. rofl (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

    crictsizing with the advantage of hindsight is easy…but we need to back ppl with innovative ideas so that they r not afraid of failure…for all i can see is Commissioner Subramanya trying to ease the travails of roadusers and not trying to build a house for himself with public money in the middle of a public road.Even if it fails or takes 3-4 months..he has my vote!!


  3. Not Bay Area (unregistered) on January 31st, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

    Very Nice Post! I am very happy!

    Glass house! Rings a bell?


  4. Vasanth (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 9:23 am

    It was started with 3 days deadline, although they could not accomplish that, they are working day night to implement it as quickly as possible. Even if it takes 2 months, it is quick enough. Compare this with Chord Road- Magadi road junction underpass construction which is running from past 2.5 years!!!. We should not discourage these innovative ideas. If we discourage, we may have to wait 2.5 years to have this underpass.


  5. Ravi (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 9:30 am

    @Chappar: Not all professional organisations who accept public contracts indulge in corruption, I believe. A city with the stature of namma bengalooru deserves work that is of high standards. Thanks for reading & your comments..I appreciate your point of view.

    @ROFL: Nothing personal was intended agst. Subramanya, if you read the post again. And yes, he has my vote too.

    @Vasanth: My post is not an indictment agst. anybody. Impossible & unrealistic deadlines, given ground realities, is my grouse.


  6. Jagannath Moorthy (unregistered) on February 1st, 2008 @ 9:59 pm

    The delay, whether it is 10 days or a month is something that we can live with. The question I have is whether this technology is proven enough to be used on a major road like this one, which sees a lot of heavy vehicles passing through. What if the blocks collapse under the weight? Do we have a plan B to handle this situation?


  7. Libran Lover (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2008 @ 6:02 am

    Excellent question, Mr Jagannath. The geniuses who promised to complete this in 3 days were reaching beyond hyperbole. They did not give themselves even one day of buffer time before beating the 72-hour band. Such rashness makes one wonder if they have done due diligence on the safety aspects of this project.


  8. Libran Lover (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2008 @ 6:03 am

    Excellent question, Mr Jagannath. The geniuses who promised to complete this in 3 days were reaching beyond hyperbole. They did not give themselves even one day of buffer time before beating the 72-hour band. Such rashness makes one wonder if they have done due diligence on the safety aspects of this project.


  9. Rajesh (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2008 @ 9:14 am

    Good post Ravi, perhaps BBMP must go on drive to learn the concept called Due Diligence


  10. Ravi (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2008 @ 11:51 am

    @Jagannath: Plan B? What’s that? *smile* Pardon me for being cynical..these are alien concepts to folks in our govt’s and bureaucrats.

    @LL & Rajesh: We have a company in Bangalore that’s a model for ‘derisking’ and ‘due diligence’ checks. Why can’t our babu’s learn from them?


  11. Libran Lover (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 5:21 am
  12. George E Matthew (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

    Libran Lover, cut some slack. This is the first time they are doing it, and there wil lbe hiccups. I am happy we have a commisioner who tries new and better things and wants to make a difference.

    All the same, we should have better maangemet procedures in place, as you suggest.


  13. George E Matthew (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

    Libran Lover, cut some slack. This is the first time they are doing it, and there wil lbe hiccups. I am happy we have a commisioner who tries new and better things and wants to make a difference.

    All the same, we should have better maangemet procedures in place, as you suggest.



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