Thursday, August 12, 2010

The day I was struck by Thieves!

I had been reading about theft and robberies in the Tri-city from last 4 years. All these stories made me wonder how it actually feels to be one of the victims. Most of these stories involved cars. The cars in whole or the accessories were the bounty for the thieves.

Yesterday morning, I became the a victim. In the evening, I sat in my car to go to the office. As I turned the ignition on, I found the music a little weird. I then saw the amplifier a bit moved from its usual place. I turned back to find that the woofer was missing. I stepped out and saw that the glass from the back was removed by the thieves and then half-placed back. So the woofer was gone. I checked for other stuff and everything else was on its place.

Being the first time in such a circumstance I had no clue what to do. As it was evening time so it must have been around 12 hours since this event took place. I called 100 first and was directed to call the nearest police station. They then said that they will be sending the cops soon. As I waited, I also called the President and Vice-President of the society I live in. They reached the spot and updated me that there occurred a similar incident with another resident.

I wasn't worried much about the loss I suffered which could have been a lot more. I asked them about the night watchman. They gave me a shocker. He was fired as he did not have the documents to prove his identification. And as per law any tenant or servant should furnish the required documents.

This is my 3rd month in this society and last 2 months were guarded by that watchman who used to sit just in front of my building. All safe and sound. What could I say?

The cops came down and the first question they ask is if my verification documents are submitted in the police station or not. I had to call the owner of the flat to get the details.

Overall, there was nothing I could do or anyone else could do. This is just an experience I wanted to share.

The funny part is that I returned from the office at 3:30 AM and all this happened just within an hour or two. My car, not equipped by an alarm system could shout for help.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Safe Chandigarh!!! Think Again.

17th September 2009 - 2:45 AM

I left the office at 2:15 AM and went to Sector 17 Bus Stand for a cup of Tea. Thats where you can get it at wee hours. I was returning back to Mohali. After I crossed the Aroma Light Point and about to reach the 34-35 round about, I saw 2 cars parked in the middle of the road, I slowed down. I then found that a few drunk youth are harassing 3 people in the other car. As there was no way to go across them, I reversed my car back to the Aroma Light Point.

Living in Chandigarh from last 3 years, I know that there is a Police Naka near Aroma everynight. I approached the cops and narrated the whole thing. They did not have there Zipsy so asked me if I can take them to the spot in my car. I agreed to the same. Before we could move the Sonata car which carried those nuisance creating youth moved through the naka. The policemen informed their fellows on the other end of Sector 22 Naka to stop the car.

In a minute or 2, they got a message on the wireless that the car has turned back to the end I was standing. The cops looking alert got ready to stop the car.

To my surprise, the car slowed down upon the cops signal, and then just went through. The police looked helpless and could not act.

The other car which was stopped by the Sonata Car youth earlier also reached the spot. One girl came out, sobbing and told the cops that the youth harassed her.

The cops could not do anything. I sat in my car and headed for Mohali. All the way I was thinking, what is happening to the city. Young guys get drunk and become the owner of the whole city, do whatever they want and care for nothing. No sense of responsibility and no humanity.

I don't know what to say. It is all changing and really depressing.

Watch out for the Pot Holes, here comes Mohali.

The standard of living is degrading day by day in Mohali. The residents are tortured with frequent power cuts, irregular water supply and "holes with the road". The once called most progressive state of India, Punjab is no more than hell now.

People are left with no options. They pay for highly priced power but there is no power. This summer has seen power cuts of more than 8 hours a day. The Govt. is ready to give farmers free power supply but what about those who are ready to pay for it. What is the fault of people living in the cities? How can they dream of a modern state without the availability of the basic necessities.

And the water supply is dirty as ever. The water is never clean as and when it is available. They broadcast on National Television the awareness advertisements to keep away from filthy water. Now when the water supply is of the same nature where should we go?

The roads are a big mess. Only when a minister is to visit the city the roads are patched. You have to apply the breaks more number of times than turn the steering wheel. Seat belts are must to be safe in case of accidents, but in Mohali you should wear the seat belt to remain on your seat.

I ask, where does all the money that we pay in Tax goes? When we earn we pay Tax and when we spend we pay Tax, where the hell is that money.

A recent News article showed that the Punjab Govt. like to spend in their own way. The news clipping read:

"Akali's Do It Their Way

The Akali Dal's two-day meeting was held last week at a 5-star hotel in Shimla. More than 100 rooms were booked. The party picked up the tab of about Rs 50 lakh."

I hope you now know where the money is going.

Travel to any highway in Punjab, everything is a big mess. You can't beat the construction work lying pending from ages. They are ready to cut down trees to broaden the roads but the roads are missing.

I hope the next time people vote, they take into consideration the "Black Cloud" that has shadowed Punjab and opt for a NON- BADAL government.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mohali: Can it become a couterpart of Chandigarh?

We all know where Mohali stands in terms of Industrialisation in Chandigarh and Punjab. Proving to be an excellent breeding ground for IT based companies, it promises to be one of the best employment center. Companies like Tata, Dell, Quark, Infosys are well known in this region. As a planned city Mohali holds the power to bring very good development opportunities.

As far as Punjab Government is concerned, they are not nourishing the city as it should be. The number of liquor vends and lottery outlets are in huge numbers which possibly can not help the growth of the city but definitely fills the government treasury. The electricity supplies is so poor. The power cuts range from 6-8 hours per day whereas Chandigarh is far better. In Mohali, the industrial units are being denied of electricity which results in loss of crores.

The roads are like a war scene, motorists fighting for part of the road with lesser number of pits. The roads within the residential areas are in a much better conditions than the main roads. This is the state of a developing Industrial town. You can not relax in/on your vehicle for even 2 minutes, the next khadda would spoil the joy ride.

As soon you enter the Chandigarh region, the beauty of the roads is increased by the green trees. Even if you enter Mohali, the roadsides are as beautiful just because of the trees. Now, as the population of the city is increasing, there is a rapid increment in the number of vehicles as well. The road space if becoming insufficient. Instead of managing the traffic routes and directing the traffic, the trees are being cut down to broaden the roads. How wise is that? Each tree cut is like a brutal hit on the nature. Trees which have grown so big, in 5-6 years can not be compared to new saplings. What is more important: Road space or Survival on earth to drive on those roads?

Pollution check, something Mohali is not linked to. The Auto-rickshaws, heavy trucks throw out huge smoke clouds everyday. There is no check on it. People would keep on fighting over religious and political issues, but no one would dare to ask the government to check the pollution. No one has the right to ruin the environment. It should be a punishable crime. I think we are moving off track as this is more or less a worldwide problem. But felling of trees surely needs to be checked in Mohali.

What next? Nothing much. Development of Thekas and Lottery vends is more rapid than of repairing roads or check the supply of electricity. Probably no one is really bothered but being living in the town from last 2 years, it really feels bad.