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The Smart Sh***y  !

This is the second time I am talking about this matter in my Blog.   Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t have done an encore. However here is  case that is crying out loud for a ‘repeat’ !

A ‘mega project’ that was ‘ tom-tomed’ about for more than 2 years in Kerala is nearing its ‘grave’ phase after many ‘ups’ and ‘downs’. The much hyped  Smart City, planned to be juxtaposed with the Infopark in Kochi is being prepared for an indecent burial…

When it was announced initially ,  Keralites  from far and near were thrilled… The excitement was revved up by thoughts of its possible beneficial spin-offs..   This was a heaven-sent gift to the Gods’ Own Country and could be a panacea for all its ills including  unemployment…they thought.

However, its progress, for what it is worth,  was more a nail biting wait. Oftentimes  media IN boxes were flooded with correspondence of anxiety,  whenever the project came close to its ‘downs’ – and there  were many in its  growing up period.

Hopes were raised high and many well-settled families living in the area  got the boot  at the sword point of governmental authority to make way for the planned extravaganza. Meetings after meetings were scheduled and held with the promoters and fell through like nine pins …

All because of a free-holding land issue which became the main bone of contention!

The promoters wanted 12% freehold land which they said was there in the agreement . But the Government ( read ‘VS’ ) feared that these bourgeois will sell it once they got their hands on it and make a fast buck . Bourgeois  making a ‘fast buck’ ,  must be  anathema to the communist ideology. So  the Government ( read er… well, let’s leave it !)  stuck to its stand  like a leach, and to hell with the aspirations of the ‘am admis’  of Kerala’s.

So It said  No!….
And the Promoters said ‘Yes!’ …
And It emphatically said NO…NO… NO…!

And the promoters  emphatically countered: ‘YES’ ,and added two more , … ‘YES… YES’…to drive home their point!

That was the pattern of dialogue most of the time during their numerous ‘fruitful discussions’!

The Government  also quoted for good measure, ‘other reasons’ for its dilly-dallying posture, such as…

> Poor relationship with Promoters ( who caused it was not known!)
> Centre’s antipathy towards Kerala’s  request to give SEZ satatus to the project ( blame it on the CENTRE when you are stymied… )

Given half a chance they would have also   cited force majeure eventualities  like:-

-A mongrel  on the newly done-up road to Smart City site pissed with abandon on the ‘SMART CITY marker board which being of Govenment quality collapsed immediatly and added to project cost 😉

-The cat on the roadside winked leacherously  at the visiting Promoters making their morale sag like an old whore’s tits…

Well…anything that  helped  them  to do some more dithering …

The promoters  of course sat through all these verbal calisthenics with a tolerant  smile , perhaps savouring the pathetic  cussedness of our  comrades- in- arms…
And they appeared least concerned about cats and dogs and their antics..

Last  heard , the parties had what the chairman called a statotary meeting of the Board on the 30th of  March 2010. But apart from  jacking up the expectations of the masses,  all it helped to do was to take the fizz out of the  tea party that accompanied it with  no serious discussions to remove the stumbling blocks . Not even the ‘much accustomed to’ dialogue cited earlier  … Bah!
Mum was the word on all “embarrassing matters”, said the Minister!

Even now, the  Chieftains of this still-born project  appear to be  in no great hurry to pursue the matter and bail out this suffering southern state of India from its many self-inflicted woes.  On the other hand, they seem to be  quite sure that their concerted efforts to ‘talaq’ the state out of its promised deliverance  will bear fruit very soon. So they are   contemplating ,with a show of dare devilry , ‘other  alternatives’ such as  procuring a new   partner to take the project forward…

And with their track record, that  attempt also may meet the same sad end.

Be that as it may, some new  initiatives may be taken by their political archenemies  to revive  the project   once they win the  next elections, which appears to be  a cinch  . But so what?…

The outgoing ‘non-performers’  are sure they can thwart all efforts of the  former with gusto. They know  that they , as the new “Opposition” , will   have   a bucket-full of  ‘monkey wrenches’ and ‘spanners’ up their  rolled-up sleeves to derail it…
And that will happen…Sure as the nose on your face…

In the end, we the hapless people of Kerala will have all but lost yet another prestigious project , coming as it does in the wake of its predecessors like  the Nokia and BMW plants , to some other more enterprising and pragmatic   State.

And we the people  of ‘God’s Own Land’ will be the losers, which ever way the cookie crumbles…

And crumble, it will…

The nagging question that remains in my mind ,however, is this :-

What will happen to those poor people who got the short end of the shoe ?
The ‘grave diggers’ should answer it, I suppose!

Click here>>>gravemistakes

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The Smart Sh***y  !

This is the second time I am talking about this matter in my Blog.   Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t have done an encore. However here is  case that is crying out loud for a ‘repeat’ !

A ‘mega project’ that was ‘ tom-tomed’ about for more than 2 years in Kerala is nearing its ‘grave’ phase after many ‘ups’ and ‘downs’. The much hyped  Smart City, planned to be juxtaposed with the Infopark in Kochi is being prepared for an indecent burial…

When it was announced initially ,  Keralites  from far and near were thrilled… The excitement was revved up by thoughts of its possible beneficial spin-offs..   This was a heaven-sent gift to the Gods’ Own Country and could be a panacea for all its ills including  unemployment…they thought.

However, its progress, for what it is worth,  was more a nail biting wait. Oftentimes  media IN boxes were flooded with correspondence of anxiety,  whenever the project came close to its ‘downs’ – and there  were many in its  growing up period.

Hopes were raised high and many well-settled families living in the area  got the boot  at the sword point of governmental authority to make way for the planned extravaganza. Meetings after meetings were scheduled and held with the promoters and fell through like nine pins …

All because of a free-holding land issue which became the main bone of contention!

The promoters wanted 12% freehold land which they said was there in the agreement . But the Government ( read ‘VS’ ) feared that these bourgeois will sell it once they got their hands on it and make a fast buck . Bourgeois  making a ‘fast buck’ ,  must be  anathema to the communist ideology. So  the Government ( read er… well, let’s leave it !)  stuck to its stand  like a leach, and to hell with the aspirations of the ‘am admis’  of Kerala’s.

So It said  No!….
And the Promoters said ‘Yes!’ …
And It emphatically said NO…NO… NO…!

And the promoters  emphatically countered: ‘YES’ ,and added two more , … ‘YES… YES’…to drive home their point!

That was the pattern of dialogue most of the time during their numerous ‘fruitful discussions’!

The Government  also quoted for good measure, ‘other reasons’ for its dilly-dallying posture, such as…

> Poor relationship with Promoters ( who caused it was not known!)
> Centre’s antipathy towards Kerala’s  request to give SEZ satatus to the project ( blame it on the CENTRE when you are stymied… )

Given half a chance they would have also   cited force majeure eventualities  like:-

-A mongrel  on the newly done-up road to Smart City site pissed with abandon on the ‘SMART CITY marker board which being of Govenment quality collapsed immediatly and added to project cost 😉

-The cat on the roadside winked leacherously  at the visiting Promoters making their morale sag like an old whore’s tits…

Well…anything that  helped  them  to do some more dithering …

The promoters  of course sat through all these verbal calisthenics with a tolerant  smile , perhaps savouring the pathetic  cussedness of our  comrades- in- arms…
And they appeared least concerned about cats and dogs and their antics..

Last  heard , the parties had what the chairman called a statotary meeting of the Board on the 30th of  March 2010. But apart from  jacking up the expectations of the masses,  all it helped to do was to take the fizz out of the  tea party that accompanied it with  no serious discussions to remove the stumbling blocks . Not even the ‘much accustomed to’ dialogue cited earlier  … Bah!
Mum was the word on all “embarrassing matters”, said the Minister!

Even now, the  Chieftains of this still-born project  appear to be  in no great hurry to pursue the matter and bail out this suffering southern state of India from its many self-inflicted woes.  On the other hand, they seem to be  quite sure that their concerted efforts to ‘talaq’ the state out of its promised deliverance  will bear fruit very soon. So they are   contemplating ,with a show of dare devilry , ‘other  alternatives’ such as  procuring a new   partner to take the project forward…

And with their track record, that  attempt also may meet the same sad end.

Be that as it may, some new  initiatives may be taken by their political archenemies  to revive  the project   once they win the  next elections, which appears to be  a cinch  . But so what?…

The outgoing ‘non-performers’  are sure they can thwart all efforts of the  former with gusto. They know  that they , as the new “Opposition” , will   have   a bucket-full of  ‘monkey wrenches’ and ‘spanners’ up their  rolled-up sleeves to derail it…
And that will happen…Sure as the nose on your face…

In the end, we the hapless people of Kerala will have all but lost yet another prestigious project , coming as it does in the wake of its predecessors like  the Nokia and BMW plants , to some other more enterprising and pragmatic   State.

And we the people  of ‘God’s Own Land’ will be the losers, which ever way the cookie crumbles…

And crumble, it will…

The nagging question that remains in my mind ,however, is this :-

What will happen to those poor people who got the short end of the shoe ?
The ‘grave diggers’ should answer it, I suppose!

Click here>>>gravemistakes

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