Pune, Electricity, water main concerns

Hi all,
A friend of mine from States dropped in recently. It was an eye-opener to him about how suddenly water and light (power) would go off without giving any notice.
I tried to see if there are any Internet resources which could tell me (either through e-mail/RSS or through going to a website if I can know before-hand if water is not going to come tomorrow or electricity)

I just found one website and a wiki which tries to do something but nothing apart from that.

The first up is Pune Governance Wiki put up at Wikia.com.

While its a good effort, its still in its infancy. One of the things I have found missing is it uses/needs some (unicode utf-8 or utf-16 indian) font for rendering some parts of the page but nothing seems to be mentioned on the page. That should have been mentioned.

The other, it needs to be kept current and updated and also talk about resources not just what they are but also how accessible, how interconnected,secure,trust-worthy and reliable the resources there are.

The other only effort that I found in the electricity domain is of prayaspune. They have this applet called icantrack .

The problem I saw of the site is this. Its basically done for IE rendering. The site itself is historical in context rather than doing anything in real-time. You can look at the page and you are left wondering what the page is about. It takes a while to discover that you need to click on the show report link near to the site name on the extreme right top corner of the web-page. It will open up a child window which needs adobe flash player. While the site renders okish on IE 7 and FF 8 on Windows nothing comes while trying to see the site on Ubuntu 8.10 (firefox 3.0 , swfdec/gnash) . Even on windows the animation is very very slow and the script becomes unsresponsive.

The data (of Warje for example) is pretty old. Also more points need to be covered.

But alas nothing for electricity scheduling/breakdowns/ etc. The Prayas Group hasn’t even listed any resources like MahaTransco who are responsible for electricity distribution in the city.

That site uses a not-much known/used forum which again uses vbulletin.

So, in short a pathetic state of affairs (as far as computerization and providing real-time info. is concerned.)

Don’t get me started on all the English dailies for Pune. Indian Express is pathetic and gives wrong information. Times of India, Sakal (English) as well as DNA India all of them don’t provide this crucial information.

Even if they do publish something by mistake, its always on the third-fourth page buried in-between some other news in small fonts.

If somebody knows of any good resources (online or otherwise) for Pune (concerning water and electricity real-time or daily distribution, breakages etc. please lemme know.)

I have to say though, Hyderabad has much better infrastructure developed then what we have here.

This is all when I’m a tax-paying person. I just can’t expect any information services from the city 😦


2 Responses to “Pune, Electricity, water main concerns”

  1. 1 punetech 02/15/2009 at 13:48

    Shirish, I agree that there is a sore lack of information.

    Unfortunately, I don’t really know what the solution is. Internet penetration in India is so low that none of the efforts (like Pune Governance Wiki) will really be able to provide comprehensive and up-to-date information. And SMS as a platform is not really geared towards collecting information in databases.

    As for the technical issues in the Pune Governance wiki, the basic problem is that the people who are running it are not at all technical people – and probably don’t even entirely understand the problem you’ve pointed out. Maybe you or someone else who’s technical can help them out by making the necessary updates.

  2. 2 shirishag75 02/15/2009 at 16:11

    while I’m out of picture for atleast the next two months (off to Himachal for self), I’m sure meeting and interacting with people at gnunify would help. One of the persons who could help you out is Gaurav Pant (also known as Dexter) on the PLUG mailing list. Just mail him off-list or ask for him on the list and see if something can be worked out with him. It would be nice if we get some better resources.

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