October 24, 2011

It happens in India; in Britain too?

A news items carried by Daily Express [of Britain] about fixing of a street bulb taking 46 days and 12 visits by workmen amused me. More because it makes news in Britain while it is so routine in India. The story there ended with fixing of the bulb; here in India, we would not be sure.

mesh of electric wires on Delhi's poles
The story runs like this: elderly man in Britain was shocked to find that it took 46 days and a dozen workmen to replace a street lamp bulb. A pensioner Jack Doran, of  Cheltenham town noticed a bulb on the  lamp-post broken.  The electric workers found that the base of the lamp was surrounded by a hedge, so called  parks' department. The new workmen found water leaking into the light. When this was repaired, they discovered it needed a special bulb.They borrowed one from a nearby lamppost and returned for another try. But then, they discovered the fuse had gone. So, after 46 days of complaint, the bulb was finally fixed.

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