By: Pankaj Dogra
Kotkhai: Known as the apple bowl of Himachal Pradesh, Kotkhai is an important trading centre in the state with huge quantity of apple being produced here. But the infrastructure available here is hardly in sync with its cas=p[-0;.h richness and the administration cares the least about doing anything. The place is a living example of the fact that money alone cannot bring about development as it’s the attitude that matters. Here neither the government, not the people think they need change. Therefore, though roads have reached almost all parts of Kotkhai, everything seems so disorganized and discouraging out here.
Take the example of the most happening place out here – the Kotkhai main bazaar and the adjoining bus stand.
The first thing I come across is that there are no men in uniform. (Traffic police of course). The traffic here is growing day by day and long jams are getting common. People shout at each other but the traffic cop is nowhere to be seen. A single cop is enough to assure people here, but who cares. The last time I happened to see cops in the market was on Holi, and never after…till date.
To my astonishment, the Kotkhai bus stand has more private vehicles then buses and therefore every time a bus has to enter or leave the place it takes around 10 to 15 minutes to do so. Daily there are around 30 private-owned vehicles in the bus stand and no there is no place for government buses. I would say the Kotkhai bus stand is no more a bus stand for government vehicles but more of a taxi farm.
My gosh…! It smells nasty at the bus stand because there are no provisions out here for public urinals. People (men of course) are passing urine at any damn place…may it be on roadside or beside the hand pump. Full of garbage, offensive smell, loud music playing all around, vehicle horns… where is the administration?