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Blatant misuse of government facilities - a case study from Rajasthan's Jodhpur
Ours is a democratic country with a proper system of governance based on our Constitution. This document provides us with certain rights like freedom of expression, religious freedom and more. Apart from this we as citizens, also expect so many things from our government like that it should give us security along with basic amenities like water and electricity.

The respective state governments and the Central government try to fulfil demands of citizens as per law of the land. Of course there are many loop holes in implementation methods. Even then it should be conceded that the government is trying its best. At the same time, the administration also expects that citizens should also show some discipline, and here lies the problem. At times we as citizens fail to understand our duties. Whenever there's any short fall in the government's work we immediately start criticising it. When the government gives us a facility, we tend to become careless and try to misuse the facility with the result that the entire purpose of such an exercise is defeated. This story is about one such case from a prominent city of Rajasthan state.

Jodhpur, situated in western Rajasthan is the second largest city in the state after the capital Jaipur. It has the status of a metro city with a population of about 1.6 million. The geographical area is about 26 x 15 km.  It is also an important tourist destination as it is gateway to the famous Thar Desert. Because of such urban agglomeration, the city comes under the control of Municipal Corporation also called as "Nagar Nigam".  The Nagar Nigam is a body of elected representatives-comparators with the Mayor as the administrative head. 

In order to improve the public transport facilities, state government initiated a project under BRTS scheme to run god quality low floor buses. Almost all important points of the city are covered by this transport system including the most crowded Mahatma Gandhi Hospital road which connects two ends of the city. Also at suitable points, small bus stops with shades have been constructed.  Such a shade is also located outside the government-run Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, which always crowded with people coming from neighbouring districts also for treatment.

A bus stop with shade is boon for people in the summer months. The bus service to and fro, from the hospital continuous from 7 am in the morning to 9:30 pm in the night. However, a new development took place about 6-7 months ago. Since it was known to everyone that bus service closes after 9:30 pm, taking advantage of the situation, some local shopkeepers and residents started parking their vehicles under the shade at the bus stop. And now it has become a permanent parking place for vehicles. One can see parked vehicles even in the day time. Buses continue to come and go but they now stop on the road as there is no space for them at the place designated by the government. This is a clear case of misuse of public facilities by certain individuals. Surprisingly, the Municipal Corporation has also not taken any action in this matter.

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