Chennai’s iFix initiative


Some of the good citizens of Chennai have become so despairing of the government fixing things, especially the roads, that they have seized the initiative with a program called ‘The iFix Initiative’! I learned about it thanks to Kiruba Shankar on his blog. This is a group of volunteers who select pot holed streets, set a date, land up there at night and simply fix it themselves! They recently did that on the roads they selected in Velachery and Thiruvanmiyur. If you want to learn more about it or want to join up, here’s where to go. The picture is courtesy their website

4 Comments so far

  1. Radman (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 8:39 am

    Looks like a typical Indian construction crew. One indian working and seven chiefs supervising. This is a great concept of local individuals who live in localities solving local problems.

  2. madman (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    @ Radman i liked your comment and don’t forget to add one person is very busy clicking photos for publicity among themselves. And one more thing is that the angle this photo was taken is amazing.

  3. Anonymous Coward (unregistered) on September 20th, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

    I bet what you just did was mostly illegal.
    The f@#$ country needs permission to do these things.

    The sick politicos need perpetual problems, they will claim to solve those if elected. If there aren’t any what will they base their campaign on.
    So, if you tried these in my area there will be political goons from all parties trying to hack your head off the body.

    Anyway nice initiative. More Power to you guys!
    Be Safe!

    But given the state of roads in India, I think we need a new program “iLay” where we lay the roads ourselves. “iLay” anyone!!.

  4. PlaneMad (unregistered) on September 21st, 2007 @ 3:34 am

    I was there at the scene. This was our first pothole if i remember right, around 1am (independence eve) . And everyone chipped in however they could, given the limited resources :)

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