Monday, February 6, 2012

Trivandrum Metro Rail

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in its feasibility report rejected Metro rail in
Thiruvannahtapuram on the reason that Peak Hour Peak Direction Trips in the
year 2030 will be less than 8000 when even upto 20000 can be handled by
dedicated bus lines. That was 6 years back in 2006. The 16 k.m.
Kazhakkoottam-Tvm suburban rail was also termed as not viable as the cost will
be around Rs.1600 Crores. As it was DMRC under E. Sreedharan everybody accepted
the study report.

Then came the mono rail proposal and NATPAC found it feasible. All hailed it
as the most suitable with Rs. 150 crores per kilometre. Now comes the proposal
for PRT (personal Rapid Trasport). There is no dearth for proposals and as each proposal comes people are
ecstatic and hail it. May be the huge investment and resultant kickbacks prompt
the authorities to come up with new proposals every day. Actual problems and
basic requirements to overcome the real issues are not analysed or addressed.
Instead new projects are brought in. The much hyped Thakarapparambu fly over is still in the paper after 10 years and this shows the attitude of the authorities. An
existing road was demolished to construct an underpass at Palayam forcing each vehicle to travel 800 meters more wasting fuel, shows the faulty planning and foolish approach.

The mono rail and PRT will be on an elevated plain above the present roads. This
will put and end to road development permanently. No more fly overs will be
possible on the roads ever. Further, mono rail will not cater to the needs of
the future say about 30 years or so and city will again be suffocating. So the
new proposals for mono rail and PRT are not at all suited for a developing
city like Trivandrum and it will retard its further growth.

What we need is not any stop-gap or temporary arrangement but a permanent solution.Metro rail, without disturbing the road traffic is the ultimate remedy. As the cost is increasing day by day sooner the better.  Fly overs from Pattom to PMG,
Kesavadasapuram to Ulloor, Ayurveda College to Attakulangara will ease the
congestion considerably. Public transport system is to be strengthened.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Kalyan Jewellery

An aircraft costing Rs. 30 crores for the personal use of the owners of Kalyan Jewellers! For shuttling between their jewellery shops in different cities. 
2.5 crore rupees the annual maintenance cost.
  Where from they got this money to buy the aircraft? Not from their pocket. Obviously at the cost of their customers. So how much profit they are taking while selling the ornaments. 

പണിക്കൂലി വേണ്ട.പണി കുറവ് വേണ്ട. സ്വര്‍ണത്തിന്റെ വില മാത്രം മതി. എന്ത് സ്നേഹം ജനങ്ങളോട് ? കോടികള്‍ വിലയുള്ള ഷോ റൂമുകള്‍. കോടികളുടെ ആസ്തി. രാജകീയ ജീവിതം. ഇതാ കറങ്ങി നടക്കാന്‍ വിമാനവും. എവിടെ നിന്നാണീ പണം വരുന്നത്? സ്വര്‍ണത്തിന്റെ തിളക്കത്തില്‍ മതി മറക്കുന്നവരെ നമ്മെ വിഡ്ഢികള്‍ ആക്കുകയാണീ ജൂവലറി കള്‍. 
സത്യ സന്ധത, ആത്മാര്‍ഥത ഇതൊക്കെ ആണ് തങ്ങളുടെ വിജയത്തിന്റെ കാരണങ്ങള്‍ എന്ന്  ആണ് എല്ലാ കച്ചവടക്കാരും പറയുന്ന വാചകങ്ങള്‍. അത് രണ്ടും ഉള്ള ഏതെങ്കിലും ഒരാള്‍ രക്ഷ പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ടോ? സ്വര്‍ണ കടകളുടെ പരസ്യത്തിലും മോഹ വലയത്തിലും വീഴാതിരിക്കുക.