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The Politician-Bureaucrat-Builder Nexus Is No Secret- In Awarding Construction Contracts in India
The Politician-Bureaucrat-Builder Nexus Is No Secret- In Awarding Construction Contracts in India
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The Politician-Bureaucrat-Builder Nexus Is No Secret- In Awarding Construction Contracts in India
Highlights By: Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

 
The Politician-Bureaucrat-Builder Nexus Is No Secret in India
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A.     Corruption is usually at the root of it which is why the National Democratic Alliance government had promised to improve India’s crumbling infrastructure through foreign direct investment. There must be greater transparency in awarding construction contracts
B.      The part of the Varanasi flyover which came crashing down killing 17 people had been constructed only in February, 2018. This suggests shoddy execution and possibly poor quality material, something that plagues many construction projects in India.
C.      Projects are undertaken in haste, often before elections, are executed with little planning and with scant regard to engineering norms. Most infrastructure projects suffer from huge delays that push costs up and encourage contractors to cut corners.
D.     The Politician-Bureaucrat-Builder Nexus Is No Secret- In Awarding Construction Contracts: extract from HT EDITORIAL- Updated: May 16, 2018 18:37 IST:
E.      Since the primary culprit here is the construction industry, it would be useful and necessary to have greater transparency in bidding and awarding of contracts.
F.       India has a huge infrastructure deficit. While the construction of high rises, bridges, underpasses and metro lines is in overdrive, attention must also be paid to their durability and life cycle.
G.     There is no point talking of smart cities if we cannot get the basics right.   
FULL TEXT HIGHLIGHTS OF HT: EDITORIAL
1.      There must be greater transparency in awarding construction contracts
2.      Politicians, city planners and contractors must take ownership of infrastructure projects. It is the only way to prevent similar disasters.
3.      Politicians, city planners and contractors must take ownership of infrastructure projects so that we can prevent disasters such as the Varanasi flyover collapse. The part of the Varanasi flyover which came crashing down on May 15, killing 17 people, had just been constructed in February.(Rajesh Kumar / Hindustan Times): EDITORIALS Updated: May 16, 2018 18:37 IST
4.      The part of the Varanasi flyover which came crashing down on May 15,2018 killing 17 people, had just been constructed in February, 2018
5.      The part of the Varanasi flyover which came crashing down killing 17 people had been constructed only in February, 2018. This suggests shoddy execution and possibly poor quality material, something that plagues many construction projects in India. 
6.      Projects are undertaken in haste, often before elections, are executed with little planning and with scant regard to engineering norms. 
7.       Most infrastructure projects suffer from huge delays that push costs up and encourage contractors to cut corners. 
8.       This causes lethal structural failures as seen in the Varanasi case and other projects. In 2016, a flyover collapsed in Kolkata, killing 27 people. 
9.      Corruption is usually at the root of it which is why the National Democratic Alliance government had promised to improve India’s crumbling infrastructure through foreign direct investment. 
10.   Since the primary culprit here is the construction industry, it would be useful and necessary to have greater transparency in bidding and awarding of contracts. 
11.   In many cases, contracts are given out to people without adequate qualifications who either execute the project in a faulty manner or compromise on quality to make profits. 
12.   Once an accident such as the Varanasi flyover collapse takes place, it is vital that accountability be fixed starting from the source of the contract.
13.   India has a huge infrastructure deficit. While the construction of high rises, bridges, underpasses and metro lines is in overdrive, attention must also be paid to their durability and life cycle. 
14.   The very fact that every monsoon, many urban roads and buildings cave in suggests that contractors do not build infrastructure to last. 
15.   All major infrastructure projects should have periodic checks for defects. The New York subway, the lifeline for commuters in the city, was shut for months for upgradation a few years ago. Upgrading of infrastructure should be an ongoing process, but this is rarely done here.
16.   The politician-bureaucrat-builder nexus is no secret-in India. 
17.   But the regularity with which poor infrastructure costs people their lives suggests that nothing has been done to break this. 
18.   Contracts should have a clear timeline and strict fines should be imposed if the contractor fails to execute the project on time. 
19.   Periodic reviews should also factor in the number of people who use the infrastructure and adjustments made to accommodate changes. 
20.   The stampede in Elphinstone station in Mumbai was because the footbridge had not been widened to keep pace with the number of commuters using it. 
21.   There is no point talking of smart cities if we cannot get the basics right. 
22.   After the Kolkata flyover collapse, we saw an ugly political blame game. 
23.   Politicians, city planners and contractors must take ownership of infrastructure projects. It is the only way to prevent similar disasters.
24.   The Politician-Bureaucrat-Builder Nexus Is No Secret- In Awarding Construction Contracts in India. HT EDITORIAL
25.   “How the politician-builder nexus really works: “Owing to the lack of a transparent political funding system, India's politicians are rich in cash and the need for this kind of money in real estate makes them perfect partners for property developers. Robert Vadra's dealings with DLF offer a perfect example of how this politician-builder nexus works.
26.  Politicians accumulate resources while in office and then require a place to invest it where they can avoid public scrutiny while earning a decent return. Because land is a valuable commodity, many politicians deposit a portion of their assets with developers. Builders then transfer back the assets to politicians which can be used to offset election expenses.
27.  These politicians, bureaucrats, big builders and the land mafia control the real estate market in most metros to the point where no genuine buyer can really afford to buy a home. And it is this very nexus that ensures prices do not crash as it would wipe out the value of their slush funds”. FIRSTPOST
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28.  Gill Road Flyover in Ludhiana Gave In and Collapsed By Rats??? http://www.thekhalsa.org/frame.php?path=342&article=17216
http://www.sapulse.com/new_comments.php?id=16774_0_1_0_C
29.   LIVE: Many People Killed in Banaras Flyover Accident: By Emit Post Staff - May 15, 2018http://www.thekhalsa.org/frame.php?path=342&article=17215
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