Over the mountains….oops I meant potholes

Do you remember the old stories, where a person has to cross seven mountains, seven seas, blah, blah, blah…to the magical cave? The way to Delhi Public School, where Vidyuth and Vishruth go, feels exactly like that – arduous w/o the magical part.

Everything was working the way it should, people were using a perfectly good road,- Sarjapur Road. Yes, we had to stop for a while at the tracks when the train went by, but it was still alright – until one fine morning. Suddenly folks saw a whole lot of digging going on, no one knew what was happening, there was no notification or ‘work in progress’ sign board with the said work details. One month became 2 months, 6 months with no end date in sight.

After 6 loooooong months, not to mention the HUGE inconvenience to the general public, we come to know that the Govt. has decided to build a flyover/overpass over the train tracks so that people do not have to wait the tracks for the train to pass. All good, you say but wait till you see the roundabout that folks have to take to get to the destination (AND THIS IS JUST THE TIP).

Pathetic, isn’t it? Don’t we pay taxes like any other citizens in any other country? Then WHY, I ask, we are constantly subjected to complete apathy from our Government? Why is there no notification process or at least signboard for the project, esp. one that has a huge impact – on traffic, infrastructure, air quality and last but not least, US, the public? Why should something, that is working, quite well actually, be disturbed just so that some politicians can see/make some quick money? Don’t we, i.e. Indians deserve better?

I live in Bangalore and at any given time, there are at least a couple of good roads being dug – maybe for an underpass/subway, overpass/flyover or just ‘cos someone felt like it(one never knows).

Cities everywhere and their respective governance systems are moving away from flyovers and major roadway improvements and are instead concentrating on sustainable modes of transportation. But Indian cities, esp the amazing BBMP in Bangalore spend all their hard-earned tax payers money on constructing flyovers, digging underpasses w/o proper drainage (oh, this is a story for another day) or just digging randomly….its like someone told the BBMP officials that there is gold or Unobtainium (like in the movie Avatar) in Bangalore!!

But when you have bad governance, of course, these resources are destroyed: The forests are deforested, there is illegal logging, there is soil erosion. I got pulled deeper and deeper and saw how these issues become linked to governance, to corruption, to dictatorship ~Wangari Maathai


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