Sunday, May 06, 2007

"Fine" OK Please

The City Palace of Udaipur is one of the most remarkable constructions of the Rajput rulers of Rajasthan. Located in the heart of the city of Udaipur and towering over the Lake Pichola, the City Palace unfailingly infuses a sense of awe in the hearts of its onlookers. It is the standing testimony of Rajput passion for art and architecture despite the fact that the exterior does not really reveal the grandeur of the interiors.

It is indeed a marvelous palace, I happened to visit the palace recently. Well, what do I pay in case I deface it? Just Rs.100 and perhaps, I must add, if caught. "Vijay loves Anu" on a priceless monument for rupees hundred. They might as well advertise it.

Defacing a national monument must have a stringent cost associated with it. A strong "punishment"cost of disobeying rules will lead to a disincentive.

Why is ticketless travel in Mumbai so uncommon? Because it is really not worth it. Between the probability of being caught and fined to the comfort of a free journey, there is very less margin. The fine for ticketless
travel in Mumbai suburban locals was Rs.50 + ticket fare. A couple of years back this was increased by a whopping 500% and a massive investment in ticket checkers (including perhaps the only place where there are women ticket checkers with women constables - more on that some other time).
That really makes people think twice before travelling ticketless, atleast deliberately.

Why not have a heavier penalty if you deface a 16th Century palace - including scrubbing the walls and floors? Or a picture on a roll of shame right there?

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