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Sunday, August 7, 2011


                                                     Cow Stand or Bus Stand

Eh! Wondering, what is this platform? Hey, this is the bus-stand of my area that is lying in tatters. At the back of the unsheltered stand, spreads a huge park, unkempt and eroded which is more a cattle loitering land than a park. This is the bus stand of Paschim Puri which falls amid Paschim Vihar and Punjabi Bagh in the West of Delhi. When the bus stands of Paschim Vihar were given make over by MCD, I thought it's now our area's turn. But by the time trim-trolley could reach Paschim Puri, MCD fell asleep in the midst and has not awaken yet. Can somebody plz beat the drum and wake it up? It's my area, so the drummer should be me first. Right? Yeh, I did, but to my amazement, MCD turned out to be a devil akin to 'Kumbhkaran'. (Don't you know the Ramayana mythology?)
So, out of govt.'s negligence and MCD's sluggishness the roofless bus stand stands here orphaned and uncared for. Nevertheless, the raised brick and concrete plateau serves as a landmark for many who get lost and fail to find a house's address. Since dawn until the late of night, the rugged platform works as the congregation point for the bus travelers where people gather and wait for their buses. The broken bus stand facilitates only two routes- 910 and 567, originating from Saiyeed Gaon and Nangloi respectively. With no seats and shelter, the passengers find it tough and unbearable to stand under searing sun in summers and during heavy downpours. Moreover the platform's upper surface and nearby area is covered with dust, cow dungs, pig faeces and in some way, human excreta too. If you see the snaps more closely, you'll see a wall running at the back of stand which carries patches resulted from repeated urination by men who stop by the bus stand and just pee at the wall.
I once thought what would be the opinion of the people living by this place, so ran a survey asking them their take on the shattered stop and MCD's inaction. Shraddha, a professional fashion designer quips," It's better to ignore the issue, they will know it themselves." "I've other more important works to attend," pat comes the reply of a MNC executive when he is asked to give his comments upon the MCD's incomplete work. While a senior citizen, an ex-service man concludes,"It'd be a painstaking job for old people, so should be done by youngsters only." Strange, but true many of these people resign even from the thinking process and mark it as 'painstaking job'! Alright, so be it, the work is of youngsters. Do the young think about doing it? To know this, I asked many young people and teens, more than half of whom were indulged in their own affairs and declined getting mired in political matters, many chose to ignore, stay mum or just winked away. So inactive was the public response that it almost spoke the cause for govt.'s negligence and MCD's heedlessness.
Everyday the commuters come at the stop and initiate the discussion regarding their woes and MCD's indolence, but by the time their contemplation could concede something they get whisked away by their routed buses. Similarly, old men and women and some govt. employees nearing the age of retirement together confront the issue, but much before than arriving on any conclusion weezingly retire from the problem and the never-ending discussion. Clearly it shows people's connivance which acts as bumper in the way of their promptitude as if there was any.

For all that I'll not tire down either from honing my reporting skills or drawing public attention towards MCD's incompetence. Who knows when it falls on MCD's deafened ears and the work gets accomplished.