Quatre Bornes : long queues ahead!

If you are go frequently through ( or live in ) the region of Quatre Bornes – Palma, the huge sewage works have probably caused enormous inconveniences to you. Without talking about the wear and tear in your vehicle. To tell you the truth, I pity the suspension system of my car. Launched a few years back, the works have turned the region into a huge chantier, the road network into a labyrinte, the deviations into huge traffic jams and the environment itself into a noisy and dirty area.

I have stopped counting the number of times I have seen them digging again into newly tarred roads (see above). Or the numerous places with inadequate and confusing road warning signs. And very often, there’s also a big lack of police officers on the road to give proper directives to road users.

The benefits of a good sewage system in the town cannot be denied but sometimes I ask myself the following question : Was it wisely planned so as to minimize inconveniences to road users and wastage of resources as well as the taxpayers’ money? Do they really care after all?

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  1. sak cou mem kuyonad, kaC ranzer, pa cone ki pou fou ek banla…fini met lor motorway pailles apre re kaC apres innondation..

    pa cone mem kan pou fini….

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  2. Drivers, keep away from La Louise area it will be hell for a couple of months! I fear that the buses from Vacoas to PL will be blocked too from Candos to La Louise junction. The diversions for motorists will no doubt cause heavy jams in the mornings etc.

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    1. But since they have done that by-pass at Solferino, the one that has that wonderfully-designed junction with the Candos road, everything should be perfect under the sun. Don’t worry, be happy. 🙂

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  3. pas cozer, letour babylon dans qbornes….

    si pas faire attention a b prepare zot ti cash touzours… amortisseur, lebras suspension, rack end, ball joint, mounting, bushing pou bizin changer bientot.

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  4. Ahem, ahem…
    No comments, this is actually my gagne-pain.
    Just to add my 5 cents: the approved programme of works (a Gantt chart that spans over 19 (nineteen) A0-sized sheets!!!) was quite tedious to build at contract award stage itself.

    However, whatever planning we did on that was turned upside down as soon as you have the client and ‘socio-cultural’ organisations, and other super-konn-tou (you know who) coming in with ‘special requests’ for a small “arrangement” (mariaz, fiançailles, fetes, processions, elctions, sipaki unforeseen bla-bla enkor), with drawings that don’t match site conditions, with sequencing changes that were never even envisaged at the tendering stage, and so many minor changes in design that could have been averted if only the pre-tender planning had been done properly. You can’t imagine the number of changes that we have to accomodate on a daily basis… And they want us to finish connecting 13,000 houses to that network in 4.5 years only. LAFLAM!
    Personal note to Yashvin: feel free to edit the above so as to avert anyone feeling aggrieved…

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    1. No editing on my behalf but I would like to add that it is normal to take such (legitimate) arrangements because personally, I would not like to have a buldozer in front of my house for a wedding. So all these things need to be planned with all stakeholders.

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      1. Legitimate…?

        Well, contractually… no, leave it.
        Let me just put it like this: your job is to do something for a client. Alright, you plan and give a commitment for completing within a deadline, that’s the normal way of proceeding. You have special teams for specific tasks, like survey, design, construction, coordination, equipment, materials, PR and what not. So, you set out to execute and you action everything to proceed according to planned sequence and everyone is happy. Right? No, until some bloke emerges out of the blue and, without even reporting to your PR team, pulls a political wire to force you to change your programme and sequencing: what do you do?
        The nice thing about mauritians is that the ordinary ti-dimoun will come and ask kindly through the estbalished procedures. But the highly connected people of QB are a special beast: they recognize no authority unless politically connected, and force their way through without regard for institutions and procedures. That’s an incredible contrast from my decade-long experience in these matters: no problem with ordinary folks (say, from “cités”, from rural areas, from conurbations, from ‘la-kott’ regions), but a mountain out of a molehill by the self-proclaimed “special ones” of the ‘quartiers huppés’. And it’s this sneaky and troublesome minority that creates such havoc.

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