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Better City, Better Life

July 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments

That is the slogan one can see all across Shanghai. Efforts are on to make cities greener and much better in every aspect. China has been building new cities at a frenetic pace over the past 10-20 years. India has done little on that front.India needs to start looking at life in its cities. Delhi has gotten a lot of money thanks to the Commonwealth Games. But most other cities languish. Urbanisation is inevitable – and it is something which has to be encouraged.

In the next 10-odd years, the number of people living in urban areas in India is likely to double. What is the quality of life we are going to have if we are not going to start thinking of upgrading our infrastructure and creating dozens of new cities from scratch across the country?

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  • 1 Rajnikant // Jul 20, 2010 at 10:20 am

    well said sirjee,

    things need to change from today, need to have plan for tomorrow from today it self. In India Urban plan was never been a priority.

    though, few good example of well planned city like Navi Mumbai, Noida etc… but they also not done in best way and of course not enough.

  • 2 Himanshu // Jul 23, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Hi Rajesh,

    You should write a book about what India lacks and where Chinese grows. Your articles are great to read but at the same moment it frustrates me with the way we Indians are moving ahead. Since morning I am following articles on Common wealth games and its shocking to read that Mr.Kalmadi states that he is preparing CWG like the Beijing Olympics. I really feel like slapping him hard and want to wake him up. The state of Delhi is pathethic and with just 73 days to go, these gentleman is very relaxed.

    Even If we talk about Mumbai, BMC has given up on building world class roads. It boils my blood when I think about the tax we pay and in return we get moon like roads, crowded trains and a sick government.

    I as a mumbaikar has given up the hope of making Mumbai a Shanghai.


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