Infrastructure is the key to Mumbai's future.
It decides whether we will always be stuck in traffic or whether Mumbai's globalisation dreams will be gridlocked ditto.
It's a clumsy word, and its implementation is as much of a twister, mired in too little funding, and too much politics, greed, indifference and inefficiency. Promise has fallen far short of performance and projects - and our hopes - wither away in despair. To compound matters the large influx of people into Mumbai places even more pressure on its resources. But two new factors could force a change. India grabbing international spoils and wannabe cities grabbing Mumbai's primacy as commercial capital have created a desperate urgency. The new poster girls such as the SEZs will perforce have to be less ill-conceived and less dithering than, say, the Rewas-Mandwa airport. Of course, political considerations will continue to stop business as usual.
There are many who doubt whether anywhere in the near future Mumbai can improve its infrastructure enough to accomodate the constant influx of people into the city.
What do you think?
Resident Editor, TOI Mumbai
Posted on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:07 PM
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