Monday, September 30, 2019

Floods & Abhimanyus' of the Smart City!





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“The further we are from the last disaster, the closer we are to the next.”… Daniel Silva

He has been called his generation’s finest writer of international intrigue and one of the greatest American spy novelists ever. Compelling, passionate, haunting, brilliant: these are the words that have been used to describe the work of award-winning #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva. And on 25th Sept 19 night our Smart City proved the spy novelist right as the sky kept pouring down wrath & not just water but more than that the havoc which we witnessed due to the rains was of manmade negligence which was outcome of our careless or ignorant attitude towards not just the nature but our own life! And apart from the so called govt authorities (read depts’) which were supposed to act or take precaution as well the builders (I mean every that person who has build something) who were supposedly has throttled the nallahs or streams or natural water carrying channels, I will say even those who has lost their lives & life time savings they also somewhere responsible for this disaster!

Many won’t like my above statement as right now as usual social media, news media, politicians, govt, ngo’s, environmentalists & the common man (read citizens), all are busy in blaming the builders & entire system for the floods rains has caused & the damage made again mostly to so called innocent citizens! More than thirty people are dead & heart breaking stories how the dear ones of families have lost their live while trying to save the family members are surfacing. Rohit Aamle, a motherless boy, just fifteen years of age, died while he saved lives of his grand-mothers’ & there was a man who saved his one child but lost wife & another sibling in-front of his eyes while evacuating the home which has been flooded by nearby stream’s water! And there were two middle age highly qualified techies Salim Shaikh was manager in IT Company & his friend was studying CA, both got swept away with their car while crossing a bridge where water was flowing above the bridge surface level. And then there are thousands of cars & two wheelers in the basements of societies’, which are still submerged, causing millions of rupees damage to mostly middle class families residing in such buildings. And there are some miracle stories also where a middle age man got survived as his car too swept away by gushing water but could hold some bushes in the nallah & been rescued after spending three hours in darkness & water around! Though all were not so lucky & the life as well wealth damage list is increasing every day. Thousands of homes mostly of poor people as they were made of clay & tin are gone forever along with small vendor’s work shops or daily earning means also! At present even after five days of that disaster night, yet the final figures of damage haven’t been confirmed rather the rescue & search operation is on, such is the scene of the Smart City! And just three hours of the rains was the reason of all this disaster, great!

Indeed by now expert’s panels are being interviewed for the cause of such disaster & everybody will have his accounts settled by naming other entity (read as govt, builders, slums etc) & that analysis as well remedy will keep on rolling as usual with snail’s pace so I won’t waste mine or reader’s time with same stuff like natural water flow channels have been encroached, illegal structures to be demolished, flood lines to be marked, let the soil be exposed to absorb rain water i.e. stop concreting every sq inch of the city as nothing of this will stop, people will eventually forget all this & life will be normal, just the way it has been! What I want to put forward is look at the most incidences especially where the deaths has happened as well loss of house-hold things & automobiles, may it be on roads or in buildings, have you all not noticed something very vital which we all are missing? Well, the truth is, WE WERE NOT PREPERED FOR ANY SUCH DISASTER AS FLOODS, in first place, is that thing we are missing totally! And I am not referring about govt rather the fire brigade & police did exceptionally wonderful job with their limited resources, (that again is a part of our under preparation) & did their best to save lives as well wealth but I am referring to “we the citizens”! If we have forgotten (of-course we have forgotten)  few years back floods caused by tsunami in Japan, then go to You Tube & watch the clips & look at the way people faced & responded disaster! It was superb display of discipline, maturity & determination to save life first & if possible then the wealth. And sorry to say the society which doesn’t follow simple rules of traffic such as wearing helmets & driving on right side of road, what else could have expected but chaos & panic, when the disaster like floods has hit them unguarded! Rather unguarded is the wrong term for us because we don’t know what is the guard in first place is an unfortunate fact! We didn’t know how to face a disaster “was, is & will” be the main reason which has made the tally of deaths so high & I won’t be amazed if it keeps increasing with every such disaster! As if we can’t stop a disaster then at least we must learn to face one with minimum damage, isn’t it?

Actually the death of that boy Rohit Amle is not outcome of floods but for the system which didn’t taught him what to do in such cases as the system is so ignorant (read arrogant fool) that it never thought that Rohit will ever encounter a situation where he will be needed to rescue his old & helpless grand-mother from flood water. All he knew was try to take her out of the water rushing in their home to some safe place but how to save him-self while doing so, no one has taught him! What else can be expected in a country which has history of sending a young dare-devil named Abhimanyu in a Chakrvuvha (formation of army) where he has been taught to get in but didn’t know how to get out of it & losing his life in the process! Rohit Amale is our Smart City’s Abhimanyua actually & so were most of even the grown-ups who has lost their lives in the flood! Salim Shaikh & his friend who got drowned away in the flood may have known driving & that friend was an avid cyclist, who has cycled across many terrains, but they both didn’t know this fact about water that even a feet high water when flowing with speed can topple a car & can be fatal to the car occupants! They thought their car can out power the flowing water & they were wrong, causing their mistake them their lives & leaving back sad family! The man who saved his one kid but lost wife & another kid due to collapse of his home’s wall didn’t knew this aspect of the flood, never wait till this late while evacuating in floods that the water level will rise to such height that it will make the walls of structure collapse on you causing death not by water but by debris of the structure which can be of your own homes! Same thing was with a civil contractor who waited in his car but right in the path of water channel & his mistake (read ignorance) caused him his life as the water swept away his car leaving him strangled in the car!

If this is about the deaths then the stories of thousands of vehicle owners who were lucky to survive as they abandoned their vehicles in time but forgot to tie them safely, are not different. They found their vehicles next day in totally damaged condition & miles away from the place where they have abandoned their two wheelers or cars  as the water current has swept these vehicles far away & making far more damage than just submerging could have done. You check any car (leave two wheeler) & see how many of them has got basic things like nylon rope, hooks, flash light as well Axe type tools which are a must to face such disasters! I bait not a single car owner will be having this as the system which he has been bought up has told him just driving & never thought someday the car he is driving will got in water current & he will have to abandon the car! At the same time there has been many incidences on that night where two or four wheeler drivers been warned by the local volunteers for not to go ahead on the water clogged roads but in the rush of reaching back to their home the drivers ignored warnings & ended up risking not just vehicles but their lives too along! Again I don’t blame any of these drivers as none of them has been ever taught neither in schools or in colleges or in their daily chores about respecting such warnings about danger ahead in the time of disaster & act in disciplined manner! And then comes people who lost their vehicles parked under their buildings may it be parking or basements; yes they too were ignorant as nobody ever thought if the wall along the nallah their building has been build breaks how to drawn away the gushing water. No society has enough pumping system in place for the flooding neither any society has ever cared to check stability of their compound walls against flood water! Well, people will say was it not responsibility of the builder of the PMC to check so, well yes it was but whose vehicles got submerged now, builder’s or PMC’s? Guys you do insure your vehicle every year (thanks to the RTO rules or else I doubt how many of them would have got it done in first place), so why can’t you get done safety audits done of your buildings infrastructure against such floods or even fires!

Lastly about gallantry of fire dept & police-men who braved their lives & rescued every possible human being as well animals too! And do mind their bosses may be knowing the threats they face while the men braved but the super bosses seems to be ignorant, reluctant & careless or else they wouldn’t have left the fire dept in such bizarre situation of less man power as well infrastructure. We all watch in Hollywood movies where right from Helicopter every modern machinery gets in action in case of natural or manmade disasters & here leave helicopter, there were not even life jackets seen on the fire brigade jawan’s who were rescuing citizens! And still we are blaming mother nature for the disaster, just because she don’t blames us back but do mind, she replies in her own way which we call a new disaster, mind it  Smart Citizens!
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Friday, September 27, 2019

Package or a Mirage for Real Estate!






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“In the real estate business you learn more about people, and you learn more about community issues, you learn more about life, you learn more about the impact of government, probably than any other profession that I know of.”Johnny Isakson

John Hardy Isakson is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Georgia, in office since 2005. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented Georgia's 6th Congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005. And indeed by now most of the real estate guys must be thinking why they haven’t read Johnny’s above words of wisdom a bit early but then most real estate guys (read builders) were never good at words of wisdom, isn’t it? And nobody respects a profession full of non wise people (read fools) so real estate isn’t also exception to this rule & that’s why even the govt doesn’t respects (read doesn’t care) for real estate! But then in this country which goes by masses & never by classes, even the govt has to take cognizance when “save real estate” cry is rising high, so it came up with a package! Now many will wonder “a package for real estate”, what’s this? As we are used to see food packages for flood hit citizens, we know packages for govt employees i.e. 6th pay commission or 7th pay commission (the list is unending just like the movie  franchise Fast & Furious series, actually), we have read about package of share or equity to board of directors, we even know about the packages of aid given by USA to other countries (read our beloved neighbor country) & then we are known to loan waiver packages for farmers which are dying every-day due to debt ridden agriculture! But a package for real estate (read builders, at least I thought so) was never heard of, isn’t it? Yet the govt has come up with some Rs70,000 crore (please don’t ask me to count zeros on 7), wow, certainly govt thinks of saving real estate one must say!

Now again some (read many) will say what’s the need of saving builders as over years, actually decades, has not builders earned enough from real estate, by selling homes at higher price every day than earlier, rather it’s the home buyers which must be given the package! Actually, I won’t blame such voices as some part of they said is true & remaining part the builder themselves has proved right by their life style or say attitude towards their as well others lives as ask any common man around, what he thinks about the builders & his answer will tell you the story about real estate i.e. builders! But suddenly not just builders but everybody associated with the real estate has realized or realizing that there is no money left here & that’s why package aspect has come in picture. And when I say everybody associated with real estate then our dear govt also has a big part (read big bite) in this association with real estate. So in hidden words govt also is part (read beneficiary) of the package for real estate. Let’s see how, as common man again will say this is some builder’s ploy to make more money again. Well, for that first one has to understand govt’s money making role in entire real estate chain (read profession). Right from charging stamp duty on every deal which ranges from 6% to even 8% of the deal value (under the name of Metro development or Sur-Charge etc), govt starts earning money with real estate. In Pune average 7% stamp duty one has to pay for every document of any real estate transaction is done. And joke is even when the for purchase of a land the stamp duty has been paid by the builder for buying the land from the land owner yet when a building is built on this land then to sale the flats on the land stamp duty is charged full on the flat’s sale value which includes the land cost, in nut shell the govt earn twice stamp duty for the land cost, isn’t it! Means is a land is bought at the rate of say Rs 1000/sft then govt has already charged Rs 70/sft stamp duty & now when a flat has been sold in the building on said land at Rs 4000/sft then govt charge 7% of this agreement cost also means Rs 280/sq ft, means for the project per sq ft govt has earned Rs 280 + Rs 70 i.e. Rs 350/sq ft from just stamp duty! And then even if the flat buyer who has bought the home in said project has to sale the flat for some reason in first or second year then also again on that sale the govt applies stamp duty with same rate, now imagine how much govt has earned here!

And it’s just start i.e. stamp duty of land deal, then right from development charges of local bodies to various premiums for terraces, balconies to passages to stair-cases to even parking lots  & lift rooms, govt earns through every sq ft of area. As well govt charges for utilizing TDR also which the govt itself claims as currency which has been paid to land owners to acquire the reservation lands! And then there are NA charges which are applicable even for the residential zones also (god only knows the logic) & on top of it if some DP (proposed) road is going through your land then to use that area for your project which is on that land only, still you have to pay premiums to the govt for using that road’s area! And then you have fire dept’s noc as your building is of height more than 16 meters which most buildings has to be & for that you have to pay fire premiums! At the same time you have to get your land demarcated every three years & you have to demarcation fees to the govt. Yes there is property tax also, even for the vacant lands which you have to pay to the govt & all such premiums amount can go to Rs 500/sq ft, & this is in addition to the stamp duty amount per sq ft as mentioned above! Ok, if you have done with these figures then we have GST, which for real estate is average 12% of the flat cost,  for the flat buyer & can be even 24% for few items of real estate goods or services. And if you are buying a reedy possession flat (read home) the there is no GST but then don’t ask from where the builder who has spent at average of 18% of construction cost will be recovering, don’t guess, you are right, it will be recovered from the flat buyer’s pocket only, adding more to govt’s kitty & again stamp duty gain is there for govt for this added burden of GST loading on the flat cost! And it’s not finished as govt earns even by providing electric supply to the buildings builders build by making them pay for the infra or ask the builders themselves make the infra whereas rules (read law) says some nominal amount has to be paid per electric meter to the govt for electric supply & at present it goes to more than Rs 1 lac per meter, in many cases in Pune!

And lastly there is our dear Income Tax, how govt can survive without income tax as Nations’ development depends on you paying income tax, right? So, there is income tax for the govt which comes average 10% to 15 % & joke is there are Income Tax free schemes by the govt for affordable housing but for that also there is minimum tax i.e. 12%, this is my acquired knowledge as I am not a finance guy but an engineer, experts can guide me on this! If your brain’s hard disc is functioning properly now you can add all these “percentile” figures which are loaded on the real estate transaction is land & flat sale & then tell me who is the biggest gainers in real estate business now & whom the package will help in actual! And when I referred as govt in all above examples, it comes with many faces & many names which includes PMC as public or civic body, MSEDCL as power supply, Registrar of Stamps as IGR, Fire Dept, Central govt as well State finance dept for GST & yes “Super Baap” i.e. Income Tax dept, if at all you make any profit (read, in recent times, is what I meant)!

I am telling very clearly that I don’t say to wave all above charges or don’t apply any tax on real estate, or wave of all the loans by the builders as I am a builder but not a fool, to make such statement! Real estate understands that govt needs money for development of the country & for so many years the industry was happily (is it?) accepting all such burden by the govt from its multiple faces only because there was profit, means money in it! But now when there is over supply of end product (read homes) as well raw material i.e. land, confusion in policies, lack of infrastructure as well buying capacity of the home buyers has been reduced & on such background when govt as well society & media all expects the builders to lower the rates by cutting down their profits then why the govt is not doing that by cutting down size of its bite from the cake named real estate, is what I want to ask the govt! Because look at the remedies by Hon Finance Minister, giving package of Rs 70,000 crores is good but from where this figure has arrived & who can guaranty that it is enough for reviving entire real estate segment of the country & how? If you read the clauses the as usual they come with all safe guarded conditions & I wonder how many projects which really are in need of funding will get benefitted by this package. Because the news says it’s for affordable homes projects only, now there is no set definition of affordable & then the project or company should be free from any debt or such issues! Well, if a company is debt free or loan free then why it will need a package in first place & why only affordable homes project when most of the real estate’s projects are stuck because of wrong policies or irregularities in the policies of different dept’s of the govt!

It’s not about just giving loans & making the builder able to complete the buildings but about sale of the buildings units i.e. flats! As on one side people are unable to buy homes where all the infrastructure is available which makes any building a complete home & on another side where buildings are ready but has got no buyers because lack of proper civic infra around such buildings! At the same time only in Pune thousands of projects are hanging in between launching & completion because of policies like red line blue line of rivers or NOC from aviation dept, & all this for no fault of the developer but because of non-coordination between govt’s own faces (read depts.); now tell me, what package govt is going to provide such incomplete projects & what’s fate of such builders as well the flat buyers here? And then we have a cancer to deal with i.e. Illegal Constructions, these needs no funding, asks for no permission, gets no occupation certificate, nothing they need as they don’t exists, yet they hunt down clients which are seeking for legal homes but unable to buy the one!

Rs 70,000 crore package is welcome step, but more welcome step will be, stream lining entire policy makings & their execution also, for the real estate which will include demolishing every illegal construction too! Or else this package will melt down just the way rivers pour down sweet water in to the ocean which remains salty only despite all the sweet water inflow, keeping the sailors’ thirsty forever!

Sanjay Deshpande 
Sanjeevani Dev.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Amazon Forest Fires & Agnipath Dialogue!






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 “What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” … Chris Maser.

Chris Maser was trained in zoology and ecology and worked for 25 years as a research scientist in agricultural, coastal, desert, forest, valley grassland, shrub steppe. As well an expert in sustainability, a noted author, an international speaker and workshop facilitator empowers citizens, businesses and public officials of not just USA but many countries across the continents! And how true his above words are coming out, actually these words are not new to our Hindu Mythology as what we give that only comes back to us but as like many other fronts this very basic principle or philosophy of life we have forgotten & that’s what gets reflected to our attitude towards nature also! Of-late the world (read  eco sensitive world) is shocked by the forest fires in rain forest of Amazon & social media is abuzz with comments as well statistics about the damage done to the biodiversity due to these fires. That way many people will say what is big deal, as most people in our country are immune to any such news, as here in the fires humans get burnt & die, so what’s so much of fuss over the fires in some remote forests! 

I don’t blame them, as our country is really one  place where human life is cheaper than anything & people are so used to dying & mishaps that forest fires is least of the list of issues to be concerned! Well, I won’t get in to statistics as most people are bored with figures, right from EMI, to Share Index to Bank Interest Rates to GDP to Inflation & if not anything GEE or NIT cutoffs every day we have to deal (fight) with figures! So, why bother with some more figures that how the Amazon rain forests are playing role of world’s oxygen bank & how many hectors of forest are burnt along with how many thousands of species habitat has been lost to how many years will be required to undone the damage which has been caused by these forests etc etc! Instead will try to explain the impact (not just damage) of Amazon fires in other words (read Puneri). Imagine one morning you wake-up in your cozy bed & as usual you pull the curtains of your bedroom window to welcome the fresh breeze along with sun rays in your room with a view of green trees in your buildings premise (yes there are still such buildings in Pune) & what comes in along with the wind is thick smoke with ash dust & you see a smog covered black sky & burnt trees with not a shade of green around leave away the birds & squirrels chirping; what will be your reaction? Xxxx what’s this xxxxx… (sorry, for non printable words) isn’t it? Exactly this is the impact of Amazon’s forest fires on the surrounding & what I have described is not some scene from western Sci-Fi movie but it’s the future if we are not going to feel anything about such news regarding forest fires!

Ok, now someone (read many) will ask, this has happened in Brazil which is other side of the world & it’s bad, agreed but why we bother; let them handle their mess as we have enough of ours! Again I won’t blame them as nature conservation was never really high on our agenda because on one side where we are dancing & jumping for our Mission Moon on other side our Hon Prime Minister has to appeal to the countrymen for curtailing plastic use & reduce plastic waste, wow what a amazing lot we are! We the people, on one side use all latest tech gadgets, are updated about the world, we comment on every incidence around but when it comes to our own home or habits or backyards then we oppose PMC not taking away wet garbage from our homes & oppose treating our own wet garbage by ourselves, we oppose pay & park schemes, we throw garbage in rivers, we oppose ban on loud speakers & DJ’s in processions & on top of it we oppose police’s drive (read law) of helmet wearing which is for protection our own head! Now tell me, the citizens, which doesn’t cares for their own lives opposing helmet wearing law, how we can expect protecting them the trees, birds, insects & wild life in general & yet we take pride in calling ourselves wild life lovers or nature conservationists, we are nothing in actual but wild life losers!

When it comes to forest fires which is in a way biggest threat to already endangered wild life, the reasons in Amazon forest fires & what’s happening around us right here in our country, isn’t much different. There in Brazil it might be drug lords or land mafias’ (all over the world media just loves this later term) & here there may not be drug lords but in State like ours which is number one in man animal conflicts, we are hundreds of other reasons for forest fires. The first & foremost reason of the forest fires around is not greed of humans nor man animal conflict, it’s our ignorance or negligence towards our duty (read attitude) regarding wild life conservation & reason for this negligence is lawlessness i.e. no fear for the law & enforcement! And for this hundred & one percent I will blame our “Mai Bapp” Govt, may it be any ruling party in power! In this country people slowly have stopped worrying about law may it be life of some human or a tree or an animal or that of a bird, we(read people) just don’t care while taking away(read snatching) one for our personal reasons which may be greed or negligence or just for fun or even need in some cases! We burn forests for our farming, we burn forests for making buildings, we burn forests for making roads, we burn forests for excavation of earth for minerals, and we burn forests just because we feel like smoking when we are supposedly enjoying nature on trekking & we throw cigarette butt around! And worst thing is that we don’t regret it at all as we don’t care for forests & we know no law is capable enough (read cares enough) to punish us for our act of burning forests around us! And let me tell you we don’t need to just use fire to burn the forests (read destruct), we can burn the forests by Bulldozers’ or JCBs’ by just wiping out piece of forest, as effect is same like fire; ask millions of Jews during Second World War, does it made difference to them as getting killed by gas chamber or gun fire or just by starving, end is same i.e. total destruction! Same way when the forests are not being destructed by fires we use another means as mentioned above yet the outcome is same.

In yesterday’s newspaper I read one headline which as usual our so called progressive State can’t carry with honor & it said we are No. 1 State in man– animal conflicts. Our progress & development is biggest threat to the wild life as time & again I have stated it’s not the development but how & what we call the development will only decide fate of wild life in the State! And as of now whatever the Govt top bosses may claim about balancing nature & development when it comes to ground level we don’t care for nature is a fact & forests are the first which gets hit under the name of development! And here forest doesn’t mean just Project Tiger types forests (read habitat of tigers) but it’s every that piece of land which is in existence for hundreds of years naturally without interference of humans. This may be grass land, dry land, hills covered with shrubs or land with big trees; all such lands are free from any concrete structure or agriculture use & are homes for thousands of species which includes termites to rodents to birds & even smaller animals like mongoose or heir! And we are burning down every such piece of land & the threat is more towards such pieces of forests which are near to cities like Pune as here it’s not just development factor but greed factor also comes in picture! Because most of us thinks these shrubby or grass lands with nothing on it are not of any use but for using them as making homes of the humans or bungalows on it to make them worthwhile. But in the process we forget that these lands too are forests & as mentioned above homes for hundreds of species but who cares! And when it’s not our homes, we burn forests for making the use of the land on which it’s standing for our food i.e. farming! So may it be our need or greed, end use is burning of forests!

High time that there should be very clear demarcation of every forest land on ground as if we can’t protect Amazon’s rain forests which is so remote then imagine how our forest dept can protect the forests which are so near to human settlements! And then once demarcated then follow very strict laws regarding damaging these forests, again something we are not very good at. As when we can’t protect trees right in the heart of our cities how we are going to prevent cutting or burning the same away from the cities, well again who cares as all we are interested in making the so called forest laws but implementation is never the intention! Most important is like per some ten thousand citizens if one police man type figures we are adopting for law & order of humans then why can’t same logic is applied to strengthen the forest dept which protects millions of trees & thousands of species spread over crores of hectors of the land, is I want to ask our rulers i.e. "Mai Baap" Govt! As unless you give enough man power & authority to the forest dept, they alone won’t be able to protect the forest, not from fires, not from getting cut & certainly not from the humans! And lastly it’s just not “Plant Trees” campaign will work but “Save Every Tree” should be the campaign which we need to run in all segments of the society, especially school kids & college teens which are the hope for these burning forests! Make every person adopt one existing tree or shrub around his or her surrounding as then only we can make the forest survive! You may not reward people for planting trees as that’s duty actually of every human being but the punishments must be sure for burning (read killing) the trees, without valid reasons & without proper measures of balancing the killing!

Amazon fires may have happened in Brazil which is far west, thousands of miles away from us but the ash rising from that fire is a warning for entire globe & dear fellow countrymen I know we all love our Bollywood movies, especially of our beloved Amitabh Bacchan the Boss; remember his one dialogue to the villain from movie Agnipath? “Hawa Bahot Tej Chalta Hai Dinkar Rao, Topi Sambhalo, Uad Jayega…” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eD0e5imsX10)! It means wind blows very fast; hold your head gear or you will lose it i.e. you will lose whatever you have if you ignore the winds! Well, need I say anything more about protecting forests, as the wind does blows from west to east & very fast…!


Sanjay Deshpande 
Sanjeevani Dev.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Engineering, Engineer's Day & Engineers!






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15th September, Engineer’s Day!

"An Engineer is not the one who has a degree or diploma of some engineering branch; he or she is the one who takes lead when see a problem around & applies his knowledge to solve it & gives his everything to make this world a better place & yet be ready to get blamed by the world that how he messed up the things & made them worst!!"...
Happy Engineer's Day to every such fool who is an Engineer by Heart & not by just Brain!!...

This is what I wrote on my college Whatsap group today morning! That way the Whatsap has made far bigger impact on my genre (who are in their 40-50 plus) than the younger ones! As Whatasp don’t need signing or opening account, the information or opinions you share isn’t public except on groups which you have willingly joined (mostly) & its way easier to operate than Insta or FB (in my opinion) & you can be very much in touch one on one also with anybody you want to be! And Whatsap has made many old friendships revived in good way as it’s directly linked with your cell phone numbers & our engineering batch also isn’t exception! Though most of the times you receive same post (read forward) from many groups & especially due to free internet data (thanks Geo) more & more people are hooked to Whatsapp & its forwarding game! Rather even on our engg college groups mostly its forwards & that too we all know what’s main subject of such forwards when its engineers! But it’s the Whatsap only which has made many people realize that there are so many Days to celebrate in a year & one of them is Engineer’s Day!

Well, I am frank that I too realized Engineer’s Day when I opened up my Whatsap today morning & loads of images of a man with Pagadi (a traditional head gear) with words of wisdom on it started popping up, sorry Dr Vishvesharayya, this is the only day on which most people see your snap or read your words of wisdom about engineering which actually are applicable for every profession!  And as usual next day all so called engineers & non-engineers deletes all such posts & media to free up the memory of cell phone & speaking of memory of the brain, well, most of us has deleted it long back! With due respect to my all engineer friends, who gets very upset or angry or even violent when rubbed them on their professional achievements or capacities, be honest with ourselves & ask, how many of us are doing the job of an engineer which Dr Vishvesharayya has referred to! And be honest, as some of you may be doing their bit but collectively  what we are seeing around, does that makes you proud? See around the buildings we build, right from planning (yes it’s not just architect’s job) which is done keeping in mind just sale factor & not the utility factor to seepage & leakage to collapsing of compound walls (yes, buildings too) & violating all sanctioning norms (many of engineers only are responsible for that), does all such buildings displays our engineering skills? Then the road conditions of our Smart City, we can’t make roads which stands to one rainy season & every year we have to read the news papers displaying failure of our engineering skills with photographs of water logging & pot holes, isn’t it? All the time our rain water storm drains chokes or just miss their job of collecting rain water & makes the surrounding flood. Then we succumb to non-engineers (read mostly elected members) & make entire stretch of open lands concertize , which kills bio-diversity of the city as well reduces water absorbing capacity of the earth & we still call ourselves engineers! We built structures in rivers & streams by changing their course, we dump our construction waste in natural water bodies & lakes, damaging bio-system & causing not just floods but wiping out entire eco-system & we are proud about being engineers! We cut trees to make roads, Metro, railways, canals & we never bother to plant new trees leave apart making them grow & we still call our creations engineering marvels! And those of us which are superior & has capacity of inventing something better, we flew out of country (H1B1) than to make this country better, by sharing or using our knowledge here & we call it Greater Good of the World or bigger opportunity to use our knowledge & still we celebrate Engineer’s Day from abroad with Sir Vishvesharayya’s photo! The list is endless of our glamour & glory filled stories as under the name of engineer we are nothing but just making our own personal foundation strong (read wealth)! And here millions of people who are not fortunate to get any education not just engineering looks after us , we the engineers, in the hope that these so called bright minds will make their life a shade better, I wonder, how many of us actually deserve to be called as an engineer!

Well, it hurts, reading above words, isn’t it? But sorry this is fact & it won’t change even if you don’t read it or laugh at it! Indeed there are some good engineers left & they are doing their bit here in this very country & we can see their creations in the form of Koyana Dam or Sea Link Bridge or Konkan Railway Track but in a country of our size & population a list of few structures won’t be sufficient where naked truth is three fourth of the country-men don’t have potable water to drink or majority people don’t have a proper home to reside! Things like electricity to drainage line to schools to medical facilities are a distant dream for many!  We need every one who calls himself or herself as an engineer to give hundred percent towards the job at hand & job at doesn’t mean just do what has been told to you & get you fee or salary but job at hand is understand what you role is by being an engineer! It doesn’t mean just to follow orders & do your job by the formulas or process you have read in the book. Being a good engineer means you look out for the problems around & without waiting for the order from someone up, address the problem & solve it & go out looking for next problem. A better engineer is the one who not just solves the problem but guides others for not making them face the same problem again! And the best engineer is the one who anticipates the problem in advance & stops it before the problem comes in existence! Now tell me frds, you fall in which above category of engineers?

And fault is not of the present engineers, fault is our generation engineer’s, as we were blessed to have teachers which were engineers at heart first & then they were teachers! They have understood engineering far better than many & yet they preferred to remain teachers than using their engineering knowledge for upgrading their own life style! Unfortunately most of us are too busy in making only our selves live as a better (read prospered) engineer than making other engineers understand what we have been taught! And I don’t mean that leave our respective jobs & take on teaching; we can teach other young engineers from our projects, from our working methods, from forming systems of production as all these are like open school of engineering for many associated with it! But of-late if we see around then what we find is the senior engineers themselves are busy in making money which is prime criteria of success here & in that process we forget the engineering itself!

Sad part is even after so many years of his death yet we have just one figure at whom we can look with respect as an engineer, yes I am referring to Sir Vishvesharayya as look around & see how many such faces comes to your mind when its Engineer’s Day! Indeed we have now our age Vishvesharryya, in names like Dr Kailasavadivoo Wasan of ISRO, whose dedication to the job at hand is such that he cried when Vikram couldn’t land on the moon in final stages! Frds, it’s those tears for the duty or job is what makes you a real engineer & not just the degree or the post! On this background may it be a private job or govt, how many such examples we have who dedicates everything for the job or project they are working on as an engineer? I think somewhere we are forgetting the very meaning or concept of being an engineer or the branch of knowledge i.e. engineering!

Engineering is not just science or some formulas but it’s an attitude towards life which teaches you to analyze everything logically & then only accept; its application of knowledge to solve the problems & make things better & not just knowledge gathering! An engineer is the one who adopts this attitude of life & live by it always & not just for the sake of some fat salary job! An engineer applies his knowledge dedicatedly for the job at hand at the same time keep his mind (read brain) open to absorb new knowledge which will make his ability to deal with the problems in better way! And then look at the lot we have today which calls themselves an engineer, right from wrong attitude to lack of discipline to having ego of that degree which refrains you from learning something new even from the fitter or welder or mason on the site, everything is there but engineering!

High time for educational institutes (read so called engg colleges) to the on field engineers who themselves are like living engineering class, everyone must introspect on this day, are we doing honor to the degree we have been proudly flashing around? Or else this day will just remain on whatsap forwards, which even Sir Vishvesharyya will regret for becoming ambassador of the profession, we call engineering!

-- 
Sanjay Deshpande 
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