Generally in a public v/s private sector debate it is said in favour of the private sector that it is far more efficient than the public or government sector. But two recent instances – one from
On the 5th August 2010, when 33 miners were working deep inside a gold and copper mine in San José, about 700,000 tonnes of rock tumbled down and completely blocked the only exit from the mine. It was an accident waiting to happen because San Esteban, the private company owning the mine, had been violating for quite some time all norms of safety by over-mining. It had also not provided the obligatory emergency escape shaft. The company hardly did anything to locate the trapped miners, no one knew whether they were alive. The Chilean government chipped in immediately after the accident and rescuers working for it were able to establish contact with the miners after 17 days, fortunately all of them were alive. And what was the response from San Esteban? It promptly stopped the miners’ salaries because there being no production in the mine it was not in a position to pay. What the government did makes a case study of one of the most challenging rescue efforts in the history of mankind. Engaging the world’s best experts, employing the most advanced technology and sparing no costs the government kept the miners supplied with fresh air, water, food, medicines and video link with their families, and then was successful in pulling out to safety and civilization all 33 miners from their prison for 69 days, 700 metres below the surface.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), a government of