Intercity Bus Stops
I must congratulate the exposure through ‘Rao Re Rao’ dated July 6 with photos witnessing passenger buses in Miramar, impromptu stopping on crowded roads, at junctions, causing traffic inconvenience and hazard, because some people do not want to be inconvenienced or wait at designated Bus Stops!
Towards changing this dangerous practice, the matter was discussed way back on 23/3/06 at the Meeting in the Chamber of the Collectorate North Goa chaired by Collector and DM, Nikhil Kumar. The Minutes available with me states inter alia, first a direction to put up sinages of “No Parking/No Stopping” where routinely buses illegally stop, and second SP(Tr) to submit detailed proposal regarding construction of Bus Bays at various points on NH from Mandovi bridge till the State Border. These directions were with deadlines, officers to ensure compliance accordingly, and compliance report to be submitted to chief secretary. Regrettably time deadlines were not complied with and the CS took no action, so the busy DM could not be expected to pull up his seniors for non compliance, and all my follow up was in vain. The administration appears to have come to a standstill with poor delivery. Just like these days the Courts have to entertain PILs and to order the government and executive to act, it appears unless Chief Minister, Mannohar Parrikar personally acts and follows up to stop this malaise, nothing will improve!
JOHN ERIC GOMES, Porvorim
With reference to your news dated July 7, 2013. Being together BJP and JD(U) for 17 years and then later being ally of the former in the Centre and State Assembly, the JD(U) supremo and the CM of Bihar, Nitish Kumar was against nominating BJP’s senior leader and CM of Gujarat, Narendra Modi for the candidate of PM’s post in 2014 general election and making him BJP’s campaign chief, in the Goa’s BJP conclave. However, not heeding his say BJP acted in the manner they liked. The irked JD(U) leader detached permanently from BJP and sacked 9 BJP’s ministers from his Bihar cabinet which forced him to face non-confidence motion to show his majority which was won by him to remain in and retain his seat. Taking the advantage of break-away between BJP and JD(U) as ‘enemy’s enemy is a friend’ , the clever and shrewd Congress/UPA II Govt allotted the ever highest funds to any state hither before over a decade, of `4,130Cr to Bihar Govt/(JD(U) for construction of 5,700 km of rural roads, to woo JD(U) to join and make ally with Congress party fuelling tirade against BJP, the main opposition party in the Centre. It is unfortunate from BJP’s point of view that when general election 2014 is drawing near, the JD(U) has back stabbed BJP which is already facing brewing fued in its own party. Only the time ahead will make it clear ‘who is who and what is what’. Till then let us wait.
VIJAY D PATIL, Pune
It must be said that the terror attack at the temple town of Bodh Gaya in Bihar which is considered as the seat of Buddha’s enlightenment was not as a result of an intelligence failure. It was rather due to the failure of the state government to act on specific warnings issued by the Intelligence Bureau. The Bihar government was reportedly repeatedly warned by the Centre about the terror threat to the Mahabodhi temple. It is understood that the IB had in fact warned the state government twice in the last three months that Bodh Gaya was on the terror radar. However the state government appears to have done precious little to prevent the attack even when the site is a heritage site. As is the normal practice after a terror attack, alert has been sounded at all strategic locations across the country including religious sites. After a couple of months all will be forgotten and it will be back to square one till such time that there is another terror attack in some other part of the country. Will we ever learn from past experiences?
ADELMO FERNANDES, Vasco