The big media drama of accident at one of the Delhi Metro work site is worth watching. These guys are really clever, when everyone is having a doomsday they are the only one, who seems to be celebrating. The deck came down while the launch, the accident resulted in casualty of construction workers present at the site. During the day different media house had different numbers for the casualty. Sreedharan took moral responsibility of the incident and decided to resign, and the drama began. Every television news channel is flooded with discussions on what needs to be done and what not, only thing I did was I laughed. I laughed on their ignorance, on the system and on their perception of the whole issue.
Citizen and media activism is one thing, but doing it mindlessly just for sake of doing it, is not acceptable. The speed and accuracy with which Delhi Metro has been working is worth appreciation only and nothing else. As an industry insider I am sure of that. The multi tier contract system under which present construction industry works has its own pros and cons. Speedy and efficient work is a major advantage but at the same time enormity of the system throws challenge of project management and quality assurance. Skilled labor shortage is another problem in the pile; human resource and machinery are over worked in majority of the projects. When the projects and stretches of metro were finished before schedule, none of the so concerned asked how and at what risk. Taking the precedence who are they to ask how and why now?
No one complained when roads around the project site were better than some of the best roads of the capital. Delhi metro was implemented before deadlines in majority of stretches when infrastructure projects are usually late, behind schedule. Success of Delhi metro is one of the best examples of construction project management. Let’s appreciate it. Don’t worry, I think Delhi Metro is mature enough to do a self motivated introspection and will soon come up with measures to avoid such cases in future. Let them do that, do not interfere.