Pavement perorations — Part 3: rating the footpath issues

So, this is the third in the Pavement series. Even if I say so myself, I think I am making progress.

But there is pressure to change the format every time to keep my interest going, and that is kind of hard. 

Anyway, this time I decided to do a different kind of quiz. This is somewhat like an exam. I have to give points, not answers. The maximum points I can give is ten and the minimum zero.

No comprendo? Ok, read on.

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There are four categories. 

  1. Rules regarding pavements.
  2. Uses of pavements.
  3. Materials used for making pavements.
  4. Mixed bag – this is a very difficult round because you never know what kind of question will be asked.

There are five statements in each category and I have to give points for each statement.  In every category, there is a buzzer round for the last statement.  If I get the buzzer round, I get ten bonus points.

So, here are the questions for the first category:

A rule forbidding people from dumping garbage on pavements


A rule forbidding urination on pavements

1 (Strictly speaking we need walls.)

A rule forbidding encroachment on pavements

A rule allowing encroachment on pavements


A rule forbidding people from walking on pavements


(I got that buzzer round!  Yay – ten bonus points!!)

Now, on to the second category:

Pavements used as ‘goshalas’


Pavements used for dance classes


Pavements used for hosting all night ‘jagarans’ for a month’s duration (if possible in March when the exams are on)


Pavements used for driving tutorials

5 (Might have to reduce the height of some pavements for this.  Slight logistical problem.)

Pavements used for perambulation


(I don’t want to toot my horn, but I just got that buzzer round too!)

Now, for the third category – Materials used for making pavements:

Level, well finished concrete slabs with perforations for water to seep into the drains below


Level, well finished paver blocks


Level, well finished stone slabs


Expensive tiles laid badly, not level, with many tiles missing


Uneven blocks of stone with sharp edges, laid with large gaps in between, and preferably shaking too


OK! The last and final category which is definitely going to be the clinching round:

Tolled pavements

0 (No one, but no one would pay – everyone walks on the road)

Study trips to Thailand, South Africa, Greenland, and Brazil to understand how they use pavements in those countries (First stop Phuket)


Sale of foot wide strips of pavement (It’s expensive real estate, man!!)


Tax on entertainment provided by people falling down and cracking their knees on the pavement


Relaying of pavements every two weeks


(Phew! I got that one too! I did it again! I can’t believe it!)

Look, it only goes to show how well one can do provided one is persistent. I humbly urge you all to join me in this endeavor.

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About Suchitra Deep 5 Articles
Suchitra Deep is co-founder and partner at Firm Terra Architects, Bangalore. She is the founder of Malleswaram Social, a civic initiative that engages in local issues and an active member of Sunaad, a Hindustani classical music group. She is also a meditation trainer.