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When Hovering Time is more than the Flying Time

June 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I was talking to a friend the other day – he took a flight wherein the flying time was 45 minutes and then the aircraft spent 75 minutes hovering over Mumbai before it could land. This is plain stupidity. I can understand congestion happens -with airports like Mumbai, it is a daily affair. (They cannot expand the airport because the land is encroached upon by ‘voters’ who cannot be moved.)

In the US, they let you take the delay on the ground rather than in the air. Air turbine fuel costs a lot of money and there is no reason we should be burning it like this.

While on stupid decisions, here is another one: The toll booths on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link have been so designed that they need two people to collect the money and give the toll receipt. Why can’t we learn from other countries who have done these designs right? I can understand we have a billion people, but surely there are more gainful ways to employ them than, quite literally, passing the buck.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 talll.com // Jun 8, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Why can’t we learn from other countries who have done these designs right?

    we got to be careful here. copy something from word and paste it in notepad and it will not look the same.

    for example one can make an argument saying we dont need ATMs in India, thats 10 jobs lost in one shot.

    i am only saying, its debatable.

  • 2 Ananth // Jun 9, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Love the sarcastic humor – “They cannot expand the airport because the land is encroached upon by ‘voters’ who cannot be moved.”

  • 3 Akshar // Jun 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Flights are elitist, they are not used by aam adami. India and it’s government is of aam adami hence we pay more attention to the aam adami.

  • 4 Kasi // Jun 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Haven’t you heard about employing clerks, office boy etc., even before the building of the new department comes up?

    I am pretty sure the project proposal for the bridge will have a line “opportunity for 2*20 toll booth employment” .

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