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Dustmandu Maskmandu

Streets of Kathmandu look colorful but the ambiance here seems a lot worse than I had imagined. Dust and dungs everywhere! Before, I was just another outsider feeding online portals and social media trends of #Dustmandu, #Maskmandu or #Dhulmandu that were flooding my newsfeed. But from today, I joined this suffering crowd inhaling a blend of dust and smoke into my lungs capturing the polluted city in my eyes while I was cycling somewhere in the K-Town.

This ongoing gets people’s attention because it’s happening inside the valley amid elite, educated and conscious citizens like us. But this is not new for these construction companies. They have been doing the same for ages. The basic infrastructural set-up in rural areas viz. roadways is the worst example that these construction companies offer.

We see our topography and rugged terrains being a great hindrance for development but never bother to research on amount of actual budget that’s being invested in total. They have become supreme of all because of their money, power and more importantly, back up from politicians. And the relation in between is mutual or symbiotic I would say. They have been shoulders for each other.

This case is an ideal representation of the efficiency of our system. As a whole there are no deadlines, no proper supervision and no law. It’s all monopoly. As an old saying goes-‘failure has excuses’, these company would do the same in the name of our system, availability of resources and their “made-up” list continues. Here, I present you two exemplary work inside Nepal that I had the opportunity to observe during my exploration.

Upper Marshyangdi Hydropower plan was given to a Chinese company Sinohydro to complete it within 5 years span. And they finished within four years (few months back) and guess what? We had a terrible earthquake followed by indian blockade at the same time.
Dhankuta— Dharan road was constructed, metalled and polished during British rule which seems to be okay till date while our fine roads start tapering within a year and need reconstruction.

(To non-nepali readers, this article is based on a current affair of Nepal)

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