Word of the Week #34:

Mitigation

Now, it must be quite obvious that I am not referring to the recent demonetisation steps taken our benevolent overlords, which can at this stage only be described as an unmitigated disaster.

No, I am actually talking about Metro Rail being constructed in our city, and the measures taken by the local authorities to minimise the inconvenience to the general public.

Just a week back, a major flyover along NH7, arguably the most important road in the city, was demolished. Being one of the more pessimistic citizens of our little city, I was obviously filled with great loathing…

With the people already crippled financially, this new predicament was sure to bring our lives to a standstill.

However, my expectations were soon subverted, as these signs cropped up on every street in the few blocks around the wreckage of the old bridge, and not just on the main streets, but even on the tiniest of lanes.

Not just that, we actually got to see traffic policemen actually abandoning their usual scavenging activities to regulated the additional traffic.

As a consequence, while we have seen our lives slow down, the authorities have at least managed to keep things running, which demonstrates some amount of planning and preparation on their part.

Oddly enough, the entire project is being jointly managed by the State and Central governments, both led by the same political party. Makes one wonder how they dropped the ball on the other, arguably more important project.

Either way, at least the things here are looking good.

And while I still remain a critic, I do at least believe in giving credit where credit is due.

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Yashas Mahajan

Author of Arrkaya: Origins, now available online... Increasingly being referred to as The Writer Guy...

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