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  1. instead of building floyover, road widening etc. If the govt planning agency had some sense , they should have improved access roads to ITPL, EC and other IT hubs. Right now, there are only 1 or 2 access roads to these pockets. Making them 10 or 15 lane wont change the picture. Instead of that, provide access from other corners of the city.
    Ex: EC can be reached only via Hosur road. Why not South of Bengaluru, Jayanagara or East part of Bengaluru have to travel upto Hosur road to reach EC?
    can’t we use the internal road network and widen them ?

  2. Lobbies – yes. Monopolies – yes. But you are chasing the wrong people. What subverts good governance, sustainable development and equitable living in Bangalore is not the globally aware businessman (who may have actually experienced these somewhere else) but a fickle political class and a corrupt bureaucracy. And these are creations not of the Bolly but an apathetic, not so educated society in general. But that is not very palatable, is it? It is so much easier to blame those rich guys in their gated communities.

  3. Truly the might of the bolly’s. Sample this, there were 2, not 1 flyovers built within a few years of this very Eco friendly space. I am still trying to figure out why?. The might of these bollys are in their foot soldiers (read nanos and sumos) who have scant respect for the average bangalorean on the road or their traffic rules!!

  4. I did not see it as a “rant”. I found the article fairly well presented as far the issue at hand is concerned, ie, more investment/resources is being used for a smaller number of people while the larger more urgent needs are being ignored. I agree with that premise. The lobbies are winning out and democracy is at stake, I feel. People participation is only on paper. They are unable to get their demands met (as seen above) even though they are in the majority. This is true not just here..but all over the world. Solution? nothing I can think of…barring a miracle of a truly caring and balanced person coming to power.

  5. Thanks Das for writing this piece.

    @MuralidharRao, the E-City elevated corridor has actually been a disaster. Not only have the number of private vehicles increased on this road, there has been an increase in the number of accidents up and down.
    Not to mention the sense of entitlement that it bestows on the private vehicle users.

  6. The cattle-class treatment meted out to rail and bus travellers (as also to pedestrians) is indeed pitiable. The reason for this perhaps lies in their being operated by government monopolies, and as such, the answer may lie in properly instituted PPP’s. Further, if I understand correctly, the elevated carriage-way between Silkboard junction and Electronic city has been put in place on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) Basis for the NHAI, by a consortium of Soma, NCC, and Maytas. So, the state exchequer is not burdened. And, I believe it has served a useful purpose. As such, as long as these projects are pursued on well-instituted PPP basis, there should not be a problem. Metro in that respect is worrisome, though from long-term perspective, it may be justified.

  7. This article has more rant than insight. Instead of root causing the pathetic state of affairs, it just tries to vent frustration against a loosely defined section of the community which is an easy target. There are better articles on Citizen Matters which dig deeper into what prevents good governance in Bangalore.

  8. Hmmm… It is only when you see the whole city as an organism and have the ability and intelligence to diagnose its problems does a meaningful and intelligent solution begin to appear. It’s a different matter that the self-interest and greed of each individual/group always prevails over the greater good, and even simple and easily implemented solutions are deliberately abandoned. “To hell with the people and the city”, right? Belonging to no one, the ‘society’ is orphaned, all the time. With the article eloquently commenting on the DIRECTION of public spending, a crucial aspect regarding the spending itself is worth noting in the footnotes – to all appearances, the government builds these roads and flyovers not just to pander to the Bolly but perhaps more importantly, to serve an even higher cause. More projects, more spending, more money, more money, more money… Sitting in the public office is a moment of supreme opportunity to thieve and rob, and we are a people that is used to both robbing and being robbed over many generations – it is business as usual for us.

    Thought (and cynicism too) provoking indeed.

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