Kerala disconnect-tion


Thursday, November 09, 2006

sarkari maai-baap railways

Sri Laloo Prasad Yadav has reportedly flagged off yet another weekly train (supposedly superfast) between Kochuveli (Thiruvananthapuram) and Bangalore, with another set of (train) numbers, timings, combinations & permutations of types of accommodations. All that this is going to achive is to add to the existing confusion.

The situation, off-season, was bad enough. Now, with the onset of the tourism season, the miniscule bit of accommodation available has been booked up months in advance, leading to a near riotous situation out there, with the irate members of the public holding up trains almost on a daily basis. And, whereas any person with the silghtest business sense would have done his best to grab such an opportunity with both hands, and possibly run some five regular superfast overnight trains on a daily basis, the railways' response is typical 'sarkari maai-baap' approach as if they are doing the people a big favour.

Indeed the biggest favour they can do is if they can get out and let others do the job. Even with such a lackadaisical approach, if the railways are supposedly reaping such huge profits, imagine the kind of potential the sector holds out for business and attendant prosperity for everyone associated.

Perhaps, that ultimately is the answer.


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