There is always a conflict between necessary and nice whenever the public money is spent. It's nice to have a Taj Mahal, but is it really required? Similarly this fire hydrant looks damn nice but is it really necessary to have ones like this and not the regular and cheaper ones. Earlier the people in power indulged in spending like this because of lack of awareness, no one who has not seen this fire hydrant himself would have known about it 100 years ago but now the news travel as fast as we can tweet or update our Facebook status. Which is why people in power now just keep the money instead of spending it on things like this, ask Kalmadi or Raja. They know.