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Saturday, December 16, 2006
As the heated battle between the Trinamool Congress and the Left continues in West Bengal, over the allottment of land to Tata Motors for the production of the Rs.1 lakh car, one wonders if it is right on the part of Tata to acquire agricultural land for setting up a manufacturing facility. The business conglomerate, which, in a way, revolutionised industrialisation in India, claims that the farmers will not be affected and due compensation will be given.

This on one hand, the Left Front government in West Bengal is resisting threats of hunger-strikes by opposition parties. Chief Minister Buddhababu is bent on allotting Singur and only Singur to Tata. Laxmi Mittal, on his tour to India, signed an agreement with Arjun Munda, the Jharkand CM, for setting up a steel plant in the state. But he later backed out, due to delays in land acquisition and later went on to sign an agreement for a steel plant in Orissa. Cannot the Tatas take a cue or two from Mittal and look for land elsewhere? Ravi Kant, the MD of Tata Motors, says that establishment of the plant will be the first step towards industrialisation of West Bengal. Way to go, but now that Singur is going out of reach, the best alternative is to look for land elsewhere in West Bengal. This way industrialisation of West Bengal will get a headstart, and at the same time, Singur will not be affected.

Went to Trichy for the second time in the last one month. Small city, good roads, excellent (and comfortable too) public transport, lesser traffic signals. More peaceful. News is that it's going to be part of the booming infotech revolution. One could only hope that the city does not lose its sheen because of the establishment of IT parks and development centres.

A newly discovered fact : Oddanchatram, near Palani, in Dindigul district, is considered the vegetable bowl of the state. All vegetables are grown around the town and exported to Chennai, Madurai, Tuticorin, Coimbatore and almost all districts of the state and to even Kerala. Almost 45% of the vegetable supply to Kerala is from Oddanchatram.

The worst part of travelling in small cities like Trichy is the extensive use of air horns by government and private buses inside the city. Just walk around any of the narrow roads and you would soon be confronted by the shrill blare of a deafening sound that is nothing but the horn of the private bus coming from behind. The worst part is that these horns are used in full vicinity of the traffic policemen who turn a deaf ear to it. This situation applies to even towns like Coimbatore, Salem, Karur, Tirunelveli, etc where a good number of private buses serve to meet the public transportation needs of that town.

Now for the advantages of air horns. Or rather, the sole but significant advantage of air horns, which is, to signal to the vehicle in front to give way. Public interest litigations were filed, years ago, in the High Court by various NGOs to ban the use of air horns. A law was subsequently passed, but that applied to buses alone. Now the law seems have faded into oblivion. MTC buses zip through traffic blaring horns at full pitch. Violation of the law, you might think, but you could reach a far away place at a distance of say 10 kms in a record time of 30 minutes.

This is for the unassuming motorists who are subjected to the shrill blare from behind. What do you do in such circumstances? Simple, make way but make sure you don't run into the bus stop on the left.

While the preparations for Kurukshetra 2007 are a test to my management skills, I just noticed that the fest could make me blind for Kurukshetra is the anagram of Kurut Sekhar.
Property of Sheks @ 8:31 pm  
  • At 6:52 am, Blogger Aravind said…

    LOL @ the anagram!

  • At 7:19 pm, Blogger s_h_r_u_t_i said…

    kurut sekhar eh :D since u mention it yourself, i wonder.... :D
    and trichy is anice city.. i love the teppakulam esp since we did a study on it last year :D

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