Abid Karim Tashi
“People need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.” Paulo Coelho
The march 11th earthquake, one of the most powerful tremors at M 9.0, and and the resultant Tsunami brought enormous losses to Japan, damaging the whole infrastructure, while also wiping out large areas along the North-Eeastern coast of Japan.
An examples of Japan’s resilience that I would like to quote relates to an important road that was completely damaged during the mega disaster and reconstructed after only 6 days. The photographs speak for themselves, as to how professionally the road has been reconstructed.
According to the American standards a road can be constructed in a minimum time of 3 months but what the Japanese did under extreme conditions was really extraordinary.
Work began on March 17 and six days later the cratered section of the Great Kanto Highway in Naka was as good as new. It was ready to re-open to traffic on 23rd march. This astonishing speed of reconstruction is being used to highlight the nation’s ability to get back on its feet.
On the other hand, it has been a year and three months for the deadly Attabad landslide that dammed the Hunza River and submerged some of the most important areas of Gojal, besides cutting down the strategic Karakuram Highway. The highway is an important trade rote between the two countries.
Despite of a lapse of 15 months, no one is sure about whether the dame could be drained, relinking the region and reviving trade between the two countries.
Our government takes 6 days to learn about about such an incident while in Japan they take 6 days to reconstruct an entire road. We take 6 months and plan for failure upon failure and then take another seven months, trying to understand what went wrong, while simultaneously repeating the mistake. That’s the difference between us and them. And that’s precisely what makes all the difference.
We need to realize our position and struggle to get where developed nations stand and Inshallah, if we start today, we will be there one day.
The contributor studies Civil Engineering at NUST. He blogs at www.abidtashi.wordpress.com