On the road…

One of the longest exams in India is finally drawing to a close and the final results would be out next week. Apart from the extreme extravaganza created by the aspirants, the principal difference between this time and preceding elections has been for whom any particular person has actually voted for. In the alphabetical order, the letter M comes before P but this time P has gained precedence over M, for one to decide which button to press on the EVM…
Despite all the frenzied talk all around, any particular individual’s daily routine life may not change much irrespective of who actually stays at 7 Race Course. Each MP candidate in my constituency had raised his or her own manifesto, which mentioned hi-fi stuff like Public-Private-Partnership, Collaborative efforts, Healthy lifestyle, Clean town, etc, etc. While these points may or may not cut ice with the public at large, I, as an ordinary resident wish that next time atleast the MP candidates talk on simple, small, micro-level improvements in our daily interactions with public systems and establishments, which  can go a long way in enriching our daily routine and make it less tiresome.

Commuting from home to office and back is by no means an enjoyable ride. On the other day, while I was on my way to office, I actually realised that there were a few areas , on the road, which can be changed and which can make the commute a bit less frustrating and daunting.

1. The very first mission is to catch hold of an auto rickshaw for the station. Only shared rickshaw display boards remain at many places, but no autos care to line up there. Strict implementation of auto and taxi stands, monitoring and penalty for the defaulters and to those who refuse passengers will help accomplish the first mission.

2. Nowadays, with almost every road dug up mercilessly, there is not much difference between a ride in an ordinary vehicle on an ordinary road and the one in a roller-coaster. With the roads dug up and their sides left incompletely filled after completion of road repairs, the pedestrians, hawkers, parked cars need to utilize space meant for travelling cars, aggravating the overall problem.The least an MP or MLA or the local nagar sevak can do is to ensure timely and quality completion of roads under his locality of governance. Punishments for defaulting road contractors is needed. Is asking for basic infrastructure by any law abiding citizen, a too much of a demand?

3. Railway administration and operations may not be under authority of local government bodies but atleast they can be people’s representatives. Foot-over bridges closed perpetually for repairs, not enough bridges, not enough shade on the platforms for respite against the scorching sun, frequent changing of platforms for arrival of trains at very last minute, no clean washrooms, etc are adding to daily problems already faced while travelling in overcrowded trains.

There are many more problems, which although look small in the overall scheme of things, add to troubles faced by ordinary citizens. Some are common across while some differ from place to place. The state or the national level government leaders may continue releasing larger and broader level level manifestos. But, if there is any MP or MLA candidate who can promise to deliver on micro problems like these, rather than make huge macro level commitments,  he can assure himself much more than just a few brownie points  in the next upcoming election.

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