There lie multiple hidden treasures under every street: WASHA
Some of us heard of the story of the old farmer telling his sons to dig up their field to find hidden treasure.
While his sons, and most of us, did not take the farmer's words seriously, the Water and Sewage Hoarding Authority (WASHA) evidently took the moral of the story to heart.
Or at least what they thought was the moral of the story.
Since its inception, WASHA has believed there must be some hidden treasures underneath every street. Whenever a new street is constructed, WASHA comes to take care of it with some spades, shovels and whatever digs well.
"A newly constructed road is like a newly born baby to us. Just like the baby is a treasure to its parents, the road is a treasure to us, which must be found. We believe, there lie great treasures under every public street, which people trample every day. Should it go undiscovered?" a WASHA official asked.
But the people walking, driving and rickshaw-riding on those very streets have not taken too kindly to WASHA activities.
"We want WASHA to stop this gold digging, I mean street digging. People and vehicles cannot move, water gets stuck and sometimes passers-by plummet straight to the centre of the earth," said a local resident who lives next to a road that has been under WASHA's observation for a potential treasure hunt.
"Also, why do they always do this when it rains?" asked the indignant inhabitant.
WASHA however is reluctant to stop their never-ending treasure hunt.
A single street being dug multiple times shows the immense perseverance of WASHA.
"Maybe we haven't found the treasure yet, but we will definitely find it one day. Every street is of the same importance to us, be it in the farthest corner of the city. The world's biggest companies dig soil to find gold, diamond and other expensive materials. We are trying to reach their level. People's hardships are temporary; our efforts are permanent!" said another WASHA official.
"It has public benefits. If we dig up the treasure, we can invest it in the city's waterlogging problem. If we stop, how will the problem be solved? You can't spell waterlogging without WASHA."
When asked about why the digging is done almost exclusively during the rainy season, he said, "It's science. When there is a lot of rain, the treasure may float to the top, like other material we are supposed to deal with."
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