Murphy’s Laws of Indian Government Projects

by rexplorations

  1. In any given cost estimate for an Indian government-run project, the cost of equipment will exceed the estimated expenditure by a factor of 10.
  2. Measurements will always be expressed in the least useable terms, such as furlongs, fortnights, quantum weeks and metric slugs per cubic inch
  3. In a mathematical calculation, any error that creeps in will do so in a way as to increase the cost and cause loss of lives, rather than merely someone’s property which is utterly replaceable.
  4. Well engineered buildings aren’t.
  5. Building bridges isn’t the government’s core competency, and even if they did, bridges are likely to fall someday.
  6. The probability of a cost estimate being omitted from the quotation is directly proportional to its political importance.
  7. Information necessitating a statutory change in a life-threatening design will be conveyed to the engineers after at least 3 people are dead because of a malfunction.
  8. In simple cases, presenting the obvious right way and the obvious wrong way can lead to politicians allowing the engineers to choose the wrong way only, so that revisions can happen later.
  9. The most innocuous of modifications will lead to wide-ranging repercussions which will nevertheless not affect the Prime Minister’s unimpeachable integrity.
  10. Financial instruments for government projects will always have provisions to allow politicians to earn money from them illegally.

Adapted from here.