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Save our cities before it is too late!
Posted by PSingh on 14 June 2011
President Prathibha Patil was spot on when she recently said at a function in Kolkata that while doing our development work we have to focus on our future needs. We have to be very careful in this regard. You can not agree with her more. If we look back our development model of the last 60 years, we would find that while formulating our development projects we almost ignored our future requirements. Now take the example of Lutyen's Delhi.
This wonderful part of the capital was designed by none other than great Edward Lutyen's with a clear view that it remains spacious and nice even after 50 years. It is extremely planned part of the city with lots of greenery, nice and manicured parks and with no traffic jams. In the later years, South Delhi and East Delhi (which is also known as trans-Yamuna) came up. Both of them were planned by our own town planners, engineers and architects. And it would be understatement if we say that both parts of the capital are now in absolute shambles. You would only encounter sea of humanity and massive traffic jams. Naturally, the worst sufferer is the common man. Well, this is not the story of Delhi alone. It is happening everywhere.
It goes without saying that all development plans which were made by our government agencies, they are in complete disarray. But for Chandigarh, Gandhi Nagar and Greater Noida, no city was planned in such way that people will not have to face hell. You can still breath easy in these three cities. You can see many parks and spacious roads there. You would find everything in order. All the residential areas are constructed in a very nice manner. If you talk about the state of affairs in big cities of the country, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Cuttak, Indore, Amritsar and Banaras have reached to the stage of no return. And in other cities too, both builders and officials of government agencies are in hand in glow to earn quick money.
And in their unending quest and quench for earning more and more, they are killing the cities. We have PWD engineers in every state. They are joining hands with contractors in order to make poor and shabby roads. These are the roads that either cave in or break every year. The state of Municipal corporations are equally bad. It happens only in India that it is considered as a normal or rather acceptable thing that roads break post monsoon time or when rainy weather is going on. However, roads do not break in Europe even though it faces the fury of rain whole year. Nobody has time to ask here as to why roads do not break and they do not cave in Europe. Our IT capital Bangalore was also planned nicely to start with, but it was not considered that population explosion would completely cripple the civic amenities later. Same thing was repeated in Gurgaon.
Power is another area of serious concern. I am hopeful that after we would start producing nuclear power, things would be better in this regard. Navi Mumbai was also developed to ease the pressure on Mumbai. But, the narrow roads of Navi Mumbai failed to make life easy for all those who have shifted there. Though after the construction of Sea link at Bandra, things are now little better. If there would be a sea-link on NarimanPoint, it would greatly reduce the woes of Mumbaikars.
There were lots of hope that life of common Dilliwala would be better post commonwealth games as many flyovers, roads, stadiums and other things were constructed. Unfortunately, CPWD, DDA and MCD failed to raise equal to the occasion to make national capital a better place to live and visit. They not only delayed their projects, they also spent huge sum. They compromised with quality. I hope that the concerned officials of these departments would be asked some tough questions post commonwealth games. Generally, it has been seen that axe fall on the top political boss for the mess or corruption, but others like engineers and contractors are not touched.
Meanwhile, there is great need to do something really drastic for Mumbai. As it is the financial capital of the country, lots of foreigner visit there. The state of Mumbai is abysmal to say the least.
Manmohan Singh government is pumping massive sum to state governments for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. States, however, are not spending the money in a proper manner. Half the money is coolly going in the deep pockets of officials,engineers and contractors. Manmohan Singh government should appoint independent observers to monitor that the money earmarked for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission should be used in a proper manner. As a member of parliament's Urban Development Ministry's advisory committee, i have suggested that if any state fail to spend the money in proper manner, it should be stopped without any delay.
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