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System can’t cope with emergency

I endorse your editorial, “Babudom to blame: UT officials taking it too easy” (June 12). The collapse of Chandigarh’s grain market shed has brought out the lackadaisical approach of the entire system as also the absence of the disaster management system to meet emergencies.

The whole of North India is mapped as seismic sensitive including Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala and Amritsar. Yet, the government doesn’t seem to be ready to take up the gigantic task of rescue and relief in case of emergency. The Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh UT authorities must equip themselves with trained manpower, heavy lift capacity equipment, cutting torches and so on.

It is always good to bank on the Army and the Air Force for help, but even they do not have equipment to lift huge concrete slabs and pillars. A disaster management task force with latest and adequate equipment and manpower at the region level is a must.

There is also need for an immediate survey and subsequent demolition of all dilapidated, old, worn-out and dangerous government and private buildings. Each building’s permitted age with latest architectural evaluation date as per the Municipal Civil Engineering Department rules should be prominently displayed outside all the buildings so that the visitors, the users and the tenants are all aware of the safety of the building they use and live in.

Lt-Col JASJIT SINGH GILL (retd), Moga


 

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The defence personnel did a marvellous job. They rescued those caught under the debris. Chandigarh has a record of such man-made incidents having claimed many innocent lives, but little has been done to gear up the system.

The authorities swing into action only after the unfortunate incidents, order probe, release compensation and then forget. Tragic incidents like the one on June 10 are man-made and hence the administration must check them.

There are many unmanned open manholes, obsolete and loose electric wires, choked drains, unsafe buildings and bridges, posing danger to the citizens. There are also broken roads, uncovered trenches, non-functional streetlights and wild congress grass. Are the street light, road and health inspectors, public health and horticulture supervisors and allied staff doing their work properly? Why can’t they check and plug the loopholes in the system?

The supervisory staff depend upon the daily contractual employees who, without job security, work for two, instead of eight, hours. There is a need to fix accountability on the guilty officers and staff for the Sunday crash.

S.K. KHOSLA, Chandigarh

III

It is shocking that some buildings in a city like Chandigarh are not safe. The market building crash is simply unbelievable because Chandigarh is a Union Territory and the Centre spends crores of rupees on its upkeep and maintenance.

Incidents like the one on June 10 are waiting to happen everywhere because of the sheer negligence of the authorities concerned. Look at the poor state of affairs in government hospitals, schools and colleges, markets, bus stands and so on. The story is the same everywhere, but no body bothers. Contractors pay huge bribes to officials who approve of substandard construction of buildings and the result is there for all to see.

RAMESH GUPTA, Narwana (Haryana)

Egoists, look inwards

Chetana Vaishnavi’s middle, “Egging on Ego” (June 13), is very relevant today. The writer has neither been pedantic nor doctrinaire, nor merely philosophical or moral-centric whilst dealing with the all-important subject of ego in most of us, the lesser mortals.

The context, the content, the tone and tenor convincingly bring to the fore the dire relevance of having a close re-look at one’s own inner self, more so, in today’s lifestyle, with its divergent, commonly practised, so-called principles and precepts vis-à-vis the learnings of the rich value system inherited by our generation.

The writer’s last six words, “Do not egg on your ego”, say it all so aptly and beautifully too. The more we think about it, the more we realise the big scope for self-improvement.

P. MOHAN SACHDEV, Dehradun

Missing a point

Pran Chopra’s article, “Politics in the hinterland: Can UP free elections from castes? (June 6) analyses the present-day politics and caste-based reservations. But he has missed a point. Unfortunately, in all these decades no politician or government worth the name has ever said that economic basis should be the criterion for reservations - be it in education or employment without compromising the basic quality that a particular job entails. It would apply especially in sensitive assignments.

Yet another viewpoint made by a section of society was under the prevailing circumstances where the so-called and much denigrated ‘Manuwadi’ Brahmins are the worst Dalits for that matter.

Why not reverse the existing policy by exchange of the present categories and status? Let the unreserved be swapped with the reserved class. And why not?

VINOD TULI, Noida (UP)

Tele-nuisance

Tele-marketing has become a big nuisance. Representatives of insurance companies ring up to hook you for insurance policy. To do so, they select the time at their sweet will. It is a big nuisance when you are busy in the office or taking a nap at home. Surely, others must be getting bothered the same way. Can anyone save us from these unwanted callers?

KULDIP DOSANJH, Jalandhar City


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