Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Less Likely to get Bribed

Humans are better at framing rules / regulations / guidelines / laws etc

But they are susceptible to getting bribed while " interpreting / enforcing " those rules

This is why , we should depend ( as far as possible ) on the TECHNOLOGY , when it comes to implementation / enforcement of those rules

Because technology is less likely to get bribed , since it interprets a violation of a rule , irrespective of WHO breaks the rule ; and even hand out " punishment " in an unbiased way

Remember the " Hot Stove Principle " ?   A hot stove does not differentiate between finger of a poor person and that of a powerful rich person . It just burns !

 Let me illustrate in the context of the following news report in Hindustan Times ( 28 Dec 2016 ) :


BMC paves way for footpath policy in pedestrian-unfriendly Mumbai

In a move that will benefit lakhs of Mumbaiites, the BMC is drafting a FOOTPATH POLICY to make the side-strips more walker-friendly.

While the policy is yet to be finalised, one of its significant provisions includes CLEARING WALKWAYS.

Senior civic officials said even shops, booths and vendors will not be allowed on footpaths.


Citizens, however, are skeptical of the implementation of the policy. Rishi Aggarwal, activist and founder of ‘ The Walking Project ’ said, “These policies should not end up being old wine in a new bottle. We need to work at better implementation as BMC has been coming up with these ideas and policies.”

I request Shri Aggarwal , to use his influence with the Municipal Commissioner to implement a TECHNOLOGY based solution , as suggested in my following blog ( earlier emailed to many BMC officers one year ago ! )


Friday, 11 December 2015

2 DOWN : 1 TO GO !

2 months back , Mumbai Municipal  Commissioner, Shri Ajoy Mehta asked all his officers , to prepare a 3 month action plan for removal of commercial encroachments (not religious ) , from footpaths  ( DNA / 04 Oct , 2015 )

He added,

"  Once the encroachment is cleared from the footpath , ward staff will have to ensure that it does not come up again . Prepare lists of encroachments with photographs and video recordings , as evidence "

Questions :

#  How many months are required to prepare a " 3 month " Action Plan ?

#  How often should ward officers take those photos / videos ? Once a month ?

#  Can they re-submit ( again and again ) same photo / video of a cleared footpath ?

#  If footpaths get permanently cleared of the encroachments , what happens to their
    " haftas "  ?

Leaving aside the last question , technically , it is not all that difficult to monitor those footpaths , 24 hours of the day

Mumbai Police is installing some 2,000 CCTV cameras all over the city to capture the terrorists

London has 500,000 CCTV cameras to cover every nook and corner ,24 hours  !

So monitoring footpaths of Mumbai , by installing 50,000 CCTV cameras, on 24 hour basis, is not a problem

And funds are no problem either , with MCGM having spent only 22 % of its Rs 33,000 crore budget so far , in the current year  !

On top of that , it is having fixed deposits worth Rs 45,000 Crores in banks  !

After installing those 50,000 video cameras , use following software ( embedded in a computerized CCTV network ) to compute the monthly salary of each ward officer :


 ( Length of footpath in his ward clear of encroachment * Percentage of time free of encroachment )

 Divided by 

( Total Length of footpath * Total Hours in that Month )

ie:  Ratio of 

" Clear Kilometer*Hours  /  Total Kilometer*Hours "

Then expect a miracle of E-Governance thru innovative digitization !


28  Dec  2016

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