In part-1 of the blog I had discussed as to how benevolent Mr William Tayler was despite being fact that he was a much persecuted British officer deputed in India as a Commissioner of Patna Division in the year 1857 due to his harsh actions taken against the Rebellions. His contribution in spreading education in Patna Division was far excellent. Not only in the field of education but his contribution in the field of improving waterways communication was not less at all.
He was quite anxious of the very poor quality of services given by the ferry boats men especially in the river of the Ganges. It was because the ferry boats services were one of the main ways of communication that time as there did not exist so strong roadways communication as such . In his letter no-4 ,dated May 1,1956 written to MR. W. Grey , the Secretary to the Government of Bengal he had written, ” any loss that is suffered and any life that is sacrificed for for want of good and safer boats is , I think , discredit to Government and however important roads and bridges may be life and property are still more so , and I had rather seen that whole of the Ferry Funds if necessary devoted to this purpose than allow the life of one passenger to be imperilled by the inefficiency of the means of transport ”
Thus, he directed all the magistrate under his control to look in to ‘the questions of types of ferry boats closely’ and called for a report regarding this. When the Magistrate of Shahabad ( now Arah ) declined to implement the measures suggested by Mr. Tayler regarding improving the conditions of ferry boats in his areas, he was suspended for some time. The Magistrate of Patna suggested that ‘ a boat built after the model of those used in the lower Bengal will be best adopted for the purpose and the model boats were being constructed under his Superintendence with the concurrence of the committee and would be tested directly it is ready.’ The Magistrate of Champaran when suggested that good boats should be built by the Ferry Fund Committee , the Magistrate of Chaprah had a great difference of opinion regarding the best model of boats . Mr. Tayler left the problem more or less to the local Magistrates . He was simply interested in providing safe and commodious means of transportation for the local passengers and goods. Similarly, he disliked the system of Ghats being let out to the farmers because they were more interested in saving as much as they could out of thier returns . Mr. Tayler was of the opinion that the local Magistrate with the consultation with the committee should provide good model of ferry boats to the local farmers and they should be bounded to use such good model of ferry boats for local transportation and they should always keep them in repair so that no untoward incident could ever take place.
Thus , we can see from these references that how anxious he was for better means of transportation for the common men . He tried to suggest and, of course, did what ever he could for the better waterways transportation.All the communications regarding this shows his pro-people approach…..etc.
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