When fire engulfs everything except the corrupt! -min
Recent fire in a restaurant in Mumbai wrote a sad obituary for 14 innocent people, most of them were youngsters. Enquiry is going on to find out the reason for accident and finally, a report will be filed which will gather dust along with similar other files piled up in government offices. Some junior staff will be made scapegoat while the real culprits will return to their normal ‘duty’ soon. The government knows, public memory is short lived and soon “normalcy” will return.
There are several reasons why such accidents take place repeatedly and why so many lives are lost every year. First and the foremost reason may be our education system itself. When students come out of schools and colleges they gain proficiency in some fields – some become masters of mathematics, some gain knowledge of colonial era literature and so on. But surely none of them would be knowing how to save oneself from a sinking ship or burning tower! Because knowing such basic things wouldn’t help you to score in exams. None of the schools and colleges teach us how to save ourselves when we are faced with calamities. That is our education system which teaches us to get employment without teaching us how to live.
All said and done, one cannot ignore the fact that strict enforcement of the law would have helped to reduce the number of manmade calamities. When anything and everything can be done by greasing the palms of the officials, adherence to rules becomes a casualty. Courts take decades to settle the case – take the case of Uphaar tragedy. So, no end to common man’s misery.
Recurrence of such accidents can be avoided only if all the loopholes are sealed properly. Safety should be the priority at the time of construction itself. We need to find out whether use of composite materials instead of steel and glass can avoid/minimize such accidents. Today Green Building certification, Energy Saving technologies, etc. are all nothing but sloganeering and just marketing tools which improve the marketability of the project and not necessarily contributing to its durability and safety.
Let’s hope loss of 14 innocent lives help us to change ourselves.
It is good to have a dream to reach the moon, but before we actually do so, we should know to leave safely and peacefully on Mother Earth.