For what purpose do we elect our representatives? What qualities of a candidate do we consider when we put stamp of vote in front of his name? These are very basic questions indeed. And one may say that India is now 59 years old and why Sakaal is asking these questions? The reason for the concern over these basic things is the results of the first civic survey conducted by Sakaal. The results of survey indicate that while selecting their corporators, the Punekars have placed 'Ability to get things done' ahead of other important things like 'Knowledge of law'. There is a very good example about this - hawkers occupy the foot-paths. The corporators overtly or covertly allow this. The citizens in the area are happy now because they don't have to go to a vegetable market at more distance. Seemingly everybody is happy. but is it really a happy end of a story? NO. Footpaths are meant to be used by those who walk. Footpaths are occupied by hawkers, corporators support them, administration is silent and the buyers (not all citizens!) are happy. Then those who walk, walk on roads. The vehicles which should ply on roads then get very narrow stretch of road to travel. What in effect happens is traffic jams, accidents, pollution, strain on traffic police division, corruption at each signal, mass signal breaking - in short CHAOS.
Who is responsible for this? Can't the buyers go a little longer to the market to buy things? Can't the corporators tell the hawkers that rules are important than convenience of a few? What is role of corporators? Is 'educating people' one of their responsibilty? How many corporators have actually called the meeting and told their voters what Bus Rapid Transit is and what are its implications? In this scenario, we, the people-are we performing our basic duties thoughtfully?