Tea, coffee and snacks get costlier
Tea/ Coffee – Rs. 5, Mirchi/ Banana Bajji – Rs. 5, Medu Vada – Rs. 4 and every other item listed on the menu of a local roadside tea shop is now 1 rupee costlier. All this thanks to an internal government run by DLF, developers of the DLF IT SEZ park, Guindy, Chennai..
Every evening, close to 500 employees working in buildings 5,7,9 of the DLF IT Park, Chennai used Gate no.4 to get their share of daily refreshments at a local tea shop. Probably the nicest tea, considering most automatic vending machines installed in the canteens are either not working, or not serving hot tea. Nothing however comes close to the taste of the tea served at a roadside shop. Even better are the selection of snacks, _served hot_ that also fit a daily budget of Rs. 10. The chutney is awesome, and it’s free! Hygiene is not a question mark as the tea is served in a disposable cup and the snacks are on self-service. So if you tend to fall sick, it’s probably because you haven’t washed your hands well 😛 Why would you complain about hygiene when all that you are sending is Rs. 10 🙂 Believe me, It’s more than hygienic.
A letter, an email from the local residents association is all that was required to shut down the happiness completely. However, a reboot of the system, an argument from a lot of us brought life back! The gate remained close only until 6 PM. All that changed was an hour from the regular schedule. We could live with that! The next day, closed to 200 employees gathered for the gate opening ceremony. I could imagine each one counting down to 6 o clock! It was like a rush for the results of a board exam, when everyone ran through the gate to feast on their favourite snacks!
Two days later, another letter, another circular, and the gate now closed until 10 PM. WTF? All that was required to force an organization as big as the DLF to close a particular entry point was one letter?! This time there was no talking! This was the rule and we were to blindly follow it. There could not be any movement through gate 4 until 10 PM. The circular was displayed for everyone to read and what i read was something that i wasn’t really proud of!
I couldn’t argue because despite being well-educated to understand about keeping the environment clean, people would just throw the empty coffee cups on the road, messing the place up. Smoking continued in open! Now If you were a resident, wouldn’t you complain? It was sad, I didn’t protest, I returned disappointed hoping that at least this changes the attitude of the stupid few. What that also did was that people who actually used the gates to get to their houses faster by avoiding the traffic on the main road were also denied exit. This wasn’t going down my throat well, but was there anything that I could have done? Nope.
After two days of expensive coffee at a cafe shop within the facility, I found out that the gate was partially opened. “Closed for Pedestrians”. Another one of the silly DLF jokes, all that I needed to get through that gate was a vehicle. I got myself on a bike and we could easily now whizz past the gate. A lot of others followed. People who were fighting with security to get through now were asking for lifts. A few bike owners also did a little bit of social service by driving a lot of people in and out of the gate. Only this time, the crowd was less and there were a lot less cups on the road than usual.
The tea was great, nothing about it had changed. Just the perfect mixture of milk, water, tea and sugar! Wow! To get this cup, I had to shell a rupee more. I was now forced to drive close to a kilometer on bike. What is this post of yours? A joke?
Yes, Posting something like this was a joke, but what DLF did to tackle the issue at hand was a bigger joke. Instead of educating the employees of the menace they were creating, they decided to take a hard step and ended up making a huge mockery of themselves. They should have a fixed time, only for an hour for when the gate would be open, and a bigger banner informing everyone about the change instead of the small on displayed where no one can see.
I hope DLF uses some common-sense and makes a rule that helps both the employees and residents.