Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Yes Minister!

If it keeps on rainin', levee's goin' to break
When The Levee Breaks I'll have no place to stay.
Cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
Now, cryin' won't help you, prayin' won't do you no good,
When the levee breaks, mama, you got to move.

---Led Zeppelin

Bash my face, baby!I'll bash yours back!

Hosur, we have a problem.

There might be umpteen number of splashes of the media regarding the "ineffectiveness" of the Karnataka government and Bangalore's crumbling infrastructure.

People, especially the ones in the private sector just blame the government officials because, the popular notion, is that government officials just snooze in the day , take bribes and do nothing at work.I seriously think the traffic cops at any junction have a much more responsible job of directing the traffic throughout the day than any of these "no-infrastructure" guys.

Bangalore is an urban shitty mess.You have cement , mud and half constructed glass buildings with dust settling on every glass and small companies who want to move into these places and start creating software while the painters are busy painting the walls, the carpenters are yet to polish the wood.And the sweepers are (obviously) confused and they get chided becuase there is still a lot of mud and dust on the floor.

There was , at the FIRST PLACE in Bangalore , NO INFRASTRUCTURE at all.Bangalore was a little bigger than Mysore.You create an office in a god forsaken place very close to Bangalore, which is lead by one dark,narrow mysterious road, where a shepherd used to take his cows, and one fine day you bring about 500+ employees to work and a 100 more people.How can you expect good infrastructure over the night?

What about the goliaths of software?
These companies add about 200 buses at the peak hour to a national highway and they expect smooth traffic.

Can traffic be smooth ?
The answer is a big NO.

Prem-g is making "threatening" calls that his company wants to move away from Bangalore.
(Making threatening calls is not new to any IT workers. They face threatening calls at every conference call during the mid-night...It is the year of Outsourcing, baby!)

The IT czars have boycotted the IT dot com business event because of lack of infrastructure.
The government, they need a reason to explode back.

And some shady consultant comes up with a report on linguistic division of IT workforce.

Then, namma CM hits back with a stupid press note like this

The bottomline is we will NEVER IMPROVE.....This is the truth regardless of which city we live! We are already FUBAR


DhiOnlyOne said...

Well-said. But I still believe that if we have a more responsible government, we could have a slightly better place to work, slightly better roads to commute, slightly better tea-stalls to have our tea.
Slightly better, of course.

sudeep said...

Yeah thats true...I dont want to say that the government are doing a great job....Everybody should share the blame

But they are not to be blamed everyday by the media...Goverment/Junta is very sensitive to media reports....It just aggravates the difference of opinion between the honchos and the netas.....We'll have some extremist locales grouping into one big community And the bottomline is everybody suffers .....

Sridhar Raman said...

More than sensitive, I think the government feels that its ego has been bruised. And instead of finding a solution, they opt for the more familiar "offense is the best form of defense".

Now the solution part, I seriously don't think any viable one is available. The traffic on Hosur Road has gone out of control. (I take Hosur Road as an example, as it depicts the worst-case scenario) There are 4 lanes of vehicles on a 2 lane road. Why can't the public try following this lane system for a week, and see whether that has any effect (good/bad) on the movement? I feel we are to blame as much as the govt, IT cos, police. :(

sudeep said...

Not only the government....The whole set of MPs,MLAs is fuming at the IT bretheren!

Today, the BJP called the IT CEOs as "Dons"!

I wonder who is the Don Corleone of the Bangalore IT mafia.....