1 Updates
A bridge delivered, but many BJP promises off-track (Goa Newsletter)
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

A bridge delivered, but many BJP promises off-track (Goa Newsletter)

Oct 16 2013, 11:44pm CDT | by IANS

Carona (Goa), Oct 17 (IANS) Metaphorically, it resembles an arched, steel tombstone over a watery grave that four schoolchildren and two adults slipped into last year.

Carona (Goa), Oct 17 — Metaphorically, it resembles an arched, steel tombstone over a watery grave that four schoolchildren and two adults slipped into last year. Inaugurated Sunday on Dussehra, the...

Filed under: news

Full Story below YouTube Videos

 
 

 

26 weeks ago

A bridge delivered, but many BJP promises off-track (Goa Newsletter)

Oct 16 2013, 11:44pm CDT | by IANS

Carona (Goa), Oct 17 (IANS) Metaphorically, it resembles an arched, steel tombstone over a watery grave that four schoolchildren and two adults slipped into last year.

Carona (Goa), Oct 17 — Metaphorically, it resembles an arched, steel tombstone over a watery grave that four schoolchildren and two adults slipped into last year.

Inaugurated Sunday on Dussehra, the story of the Calvim-Carona bridge has been in a way the story of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government: its rise to power and the nature of governance it has been able to deliver.

Rarely has the conception, construction and delivery of a bridge been followed so closely since the drowning of four students aged between 8 and 11 from St Thomas Girls High School and the two others at Aldona, a short distance from here and at the end of a picturesque 25 km riverside drive from Panaji.

The tragedy occurred in February 2012 when a bus parked on a slanted ferry ramp, rolled straight into the Mandovi river. Some passengers escaped the watery death but six died.

The incident occurred some weeks before the assembly elections. The Calvim drowning and shoddy relief was a catalyst, gelling together misrule, mining corruption, nepotism and scandals of the then Congress-led coalition government.

The party got the beating of its life in March 2012 and was reduced to a single digit - 9 - in the 40 member state assembly.

While in several parts of Goa, anti-incumbency-inspired factors did the Congress in, in the Catholic-dominated Aldona constituency, of which Calvim is a part, it was white-hot anger.

Against this backdrop, the Calvim-Carona bridge, a 120-metre single span steel and concrete arch bridge, a pre-election promise made by Manohar Parrikar's BJP, represented hope.

But as a posting on Goa+, a Facebook forum that more often than not dotes on Parrikar, noted: "It would be ideal and fitting and a tribute to get the bridge inaugurated at the hands of the parents who lost their little ones in the tragedy."

There were other poll promises too, like the refreshingly ingenuous one making petrol cheaper by Rs.11 by lopping off VAT.

But like many of its poll promises, which were either watered down, like the party's commitment to nail illegal mining companies or several of those commitments which have been conveniently put in cold storage by the Parrikar administration, like the clampdown on casinos and correction of the real estate sector, the promised bridge project too often stuttered.

It's ironic that after 19 months in power, a 120-metre bridge is being touted as a singular feat of a government led by of the BJP's finest administrators.

The bridge was first promised by Parrikar within eight months, when in reality it took eight months for the construction to begin. It took 19 months for the promise to turn into reality.

Such delay is emerging as a signature of Parrikar's style of governance, which first starts with an earnest promise, translates into delay and then sometimes simply evaporates and leaves a trail of disenchantment.

And that counts in the relatively small world of politics in Goa, where statements made by politicians are seen as personal, almost intimate assurances, rather than commitments from the state.

Lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues claims that despite promising zero tolerance to corruption and rule of law, the government's delivery on these counts is shockingly short.

"While we need to congratulate Parrikar on being able to complete the first project initiated by his government, we need to remind him that the mere inauguration of the bridge will not bring solace to the parents of those four young kids who continue to be distraught over a very tainted police investigation into the accident that led to the death of their little children," Rodrigues said.

He claimed that the state administration has been unwilling to move against the minor son of a BJP leader who eye-witnesses said was at the wheel of the bus when the incident occurred.

"This government will have to face the wrath of those four angels now in heavenly abode and their grieving families who feel terribly let down," Rodrigues said.

Perhaps, now that the bridge is built, it's time the administration crosses over and nails down those responsible for the death of the six victims.

(Mayabhushan Nagvenkar can be contacted at mayabhushan.n@ians.in)

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

AFG Group Wins 2013 CMAA Project Achievement Award
AFG Group Wins 2013 CMAA Project Achievement Award
AFG Group is honored to receive the 2013 CMAA Project Achievement Award from the Association’s National Capital Chapter. The award recognizes AFG’s outstanding Construction Management practices on the 5-year Steam Line & Condensate Replacement Project, serving GSA’s Heating Operations & Transmission Division. This complex $13.6M project accomplished replacing 11,000 LF of underground steam lines that serviced 21 Federal buildings within the District.
 
 
Ukraine Crisis and Asylum Seekers
Ukraine Crisis and Asylum Seekers
Law Office of Alena Shautsova, a New York Immigration law firm located in Brooklyn , provides the full spectrum of immigration services including consultations regarding immigration benefits for citizens of troubled territories.
 
 
Major Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change Well Under Way in Europe
Major Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change Well Under Way in Europe
Responding to the UN report on climate change mitigation, European innovators working across a range of climate innovation disciplines are stressing that major efforts are well under way in Europe.
 
 
EU Climate Innovation Chief Executive: Private, Public and Academic Sectors Need to Come Together
EU Climate Innovation Chief Executive: Private, Public and Academic Sectors Need to Come Together
Mary Ritter, CEO of the EU's main climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC, calls for greater collaboration between the private, public and academic sectors to develop new solutions to stop further climate change.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

After Game One Win, Warriors Playoff Tickets Are Now Most Expensive In U.S.
With their dramatic game-one road win against the Clippers, the Warriors have the upper-hand in the battle for California basketball.  If they can advance, it will be the only the third time in the last twenty years...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Enterprises TV to Air Segment on Reducing Business Travel Costs
Coral Springs, FL, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The producers of Enterprises TV are pleased to announce they are working on a segment focusing on business travel costs and how some companies are reducing them. As...
Read more on TV Balla
 
3 Month BJJ White Belt Fundamentals Course with Master Marco Alvan
Springfield, MA, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Come and find out how to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a fun, relaxed environment. Team Link in Ludlow, Massachusetts will be holding 3 month BJJ course designed...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Bcut Productions Presents "The Hilltop Barbershop" Movie Premiere
Springfield, NJ, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Bobby and his friends take you on a comical ride as the owner of Bobby's Cut above barbershop. The story takes you into the real world of the barbershop and the...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Nous Infosystems and SmartBear Software Enter Strategic Partnership
Bangalore, India, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- SmartBear Software, the leading provider of software quality and performance management tools, and Nous Infosystems, a global IT organization offering quality software...
Read more on Business Balla
 
EVO Payments International and PAY.ON Partner on Quick Interface for SME Merchants
Munich, Germany, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- PAY.ON, the world's leading operator of web-based, omnichannel payment infrastructure systems, and EVO Payments International (EVO), a leading card payment acquirer and...
Read more on Business Balla
 
ICT Investment Trends in China - Enterprise ICT Spending Patterns Through to the End of 2015
Navi Mumbai, India, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The ICT investment trends in China report published by Kable Global ICT Intelligence presents the findings from a survey of 131 Chinese enterprises regarding their...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Uneecops Announces New Manufacturing ERP Software Release
Delhi, India, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Uneecops, preferred SAP Business One partner in Delhi has announced the release of a new Manufacturing ERP software. This new model aims to bring a new level of...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Intelligent Transportation System Market (ITS) is Expected to Reach USD 30.2 Billion by 2019: Transparency Market Research
Albany, NY, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The demand of Intelligent Transportation System Market is rising globally due to increased congestion in metropolitan areas. Development and deployment of intelligent...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Lucintel’s Analysis of Growth Opportunities in Global Non-Destructive Testing Equipment Market: APAC to Record Highest Growth through 2018
Irving, TX, April 20, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The global non-destructive testing (NDT) equipment market registered good growth from 2007 through 2012.The market is forecast to reach $2.052 billion by 2018, continuing its...
Read more on Business Balla
 
 
Auto Balla Sexy Balla Sport Balla TV Balla Politics Balla Movie Balla Apple Balla Business Balla Ad Balla Celebrity Balla