Fall-Overs and Sky-Wastes

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Per­haps this is what we must call our fly­overs and sky­walks. Apart from cor­rup­tion and sub­stan­dard de­sign and ma­te­rial, one must also look into the man­ner in which ur­ban plan­ning (?) is done. Decades af­ter build­ings and set­tle­ments are con­structed, sud­denly a fly­over or a metro rail line is planned. So, some­times, these in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tions are barely inches away from build­ings and res­i­dences, and on foun­da­tions al­ready over­loaded and de­layed be­cause con­struc­tion can­not pro­ceed at the pace re­quired due to sur­round­ing pop­u­la­tion and busi­nesses. Con­trast the time that we take and China takes for con­struc­tion.

Sky­walks are an­other white ele­phant. No one uses them. Why? Be­cause the hawk­ers and vegetable sell­ers are all on the foot­path and peo­ple want to fin­ish their daily shop­ping on the way to or from house, sta­tion or bus stop. It is time the high court took suo motu ac­tion on the util­i­sa­tion of sky­walks and gets them into use or asks the gov­ern­ment to pro­vide ex­pla­na­tions why so much money was wasted on these struc­tures.

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