How many times will we say, “Delhi collapses every time it rains”? We have said that four times already this monsoon, or perhaps more. Though it hasn’t rained that much, but the few times it did, the city collapsed.
Office hour traffic, which is usually quite slow, goes down to a crawl. Distances covered in five minutes take an hour or more. Sometimes, the jam begins just outside the colony gates.It can get boring reporting the same chaos, with the same or similar heading, with the same quotes about how politicians are taking the country to the dogs and that the babus are all corrupt.
But should we stop reporting them, stop getting angry and let it become as much a part of our lives as is corruption?
Easy, no? Every time it rains, just stay home. What’s the point? Leaving home means getting stuck in a traffic jam. You may as well stay home and call Aroraji for a DVD.
But I don’t think we should give up. We will continue to get angry and continue to write about how the authorities have let Delhi get to his situation. Why is it so difficult to see the city through a rain?
Is it the metro construction? Or is it the Bus Rapid Transport System? Or the rapidly multiplying vehicles? Or the choked drains? Or all of these factors and a few lazy officials and politicians?
There was a time when driving around in Delhi rain was an experience, or just walking around.
It was especially beautiful in college – the plants and flowers looked livelier than ever, and the breathtakingly stunning Ridge across the road took on an eerie look, under a thin veil of an after-rain mist.
I guess you can still sit somewhere and enjoy the rain, as long as you don’t have to go out. But back then, driving or walking in the rain was never as daunting an idea as it is now.
But by simply getting angry about it in the newspaper is unlikely to bring some kind of sanity back to this most beautiful of cities. But what would? Nevermind.
We will do a big Page One package again today, and a double-spread inside, in the metro section. We hope and plan to put some senior minister of the Delhi government in the dock.
And the government has a lot of questions to answer — five girls died in a rain-driven stampede in an East Delhi school. Who is to blame – the school authorities or the government?.
Delhi is in a bad way. And only a miracle can help it through the Commonwealth Games next year without an incident. Can you imagine what a rain as big as this can do, with the world watching us?