If Gujarat’s is a story of the grit and determination of its people, it is also a story of neglect and broken promises. It is not the government machinery alone that has failed. There are countless non-governmental organisations who in their initial enthusiasm made tall promises but only to break them at the first available opportunity. Many of them adopted villages and disappeared from the scene within days of the adoption. Of course, one has to be wary of generalisation, particularly when there are many voluntary agencies who have been leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to help make a new beginning in the lives of the unfortunate people. Not all of them are cash-rich organisations. Among them was a group of women from Latur in Maharashtra who know how an earthquake affects human lives from their own personal experience.
Unlike other disaster areas, money has never been a limiting factor and this itself should have ended in better results. As is well known, the enormity of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake was primarily because the buildings were not quake-proof. Even if this lesson was learnt, it is indeed doubtful whether proper anti-quake technology is being used in the construction of new buildings. There are reports that corruption that allowed private builders to pay scant regard to norms in building multi-storied residential colonies still plays a similar role in the rebuilding activity the state witnesses, needless to say, with dangerous consequences. Governmental lethargy seems to be at the root of the delay in starting many of the infrastructural projects that alone can metamorphose the area. Hence Modi would have done well to get these projects cracking in Gujarat, instead of patting his own back in New Delhi.
— This editorial from The Indian Express