Mumbai: The capital for potholes and collapsed footbridges
For several years, potholes on Mumbai roads have been the focus of social conversation and alarm. Over the years, citizens have learned to accept band-aid solutions to this acute chronic problem. In the next few months, when the monsoons lash Mumbai, potholes conversation will gather momentum.
In recent months, social conversation has expanded. We now also chat about collapsing footbridges in Mumbai. There have been several deaths and near deaths with each collapse. The dead and injured have been bread earners.
Sadly, we seem to be our own terrorists. Our construction work lacks quality and reliability.
On request, the military have rebuilt bridges, at three locations – Elphinstone Road, Currey Road and Ambivli. These Bailey bridges were erected in record time. Bailey bridges are neat and reliable. Plus, the military is trustworthy, in terms of competencies, as well as character. No hanky-panky.
I have visited military cantonments in Mumbai, and Pune, as well as elsewhere in the country. The roads are perfect. The traffic flow has discipline. The housekeeping is also perfect. Each campus has simple robust housing for the staff. The lawns are well manicured. Life in a cantonment is safe. These cantonments are located in the same cities where infrastructure failure is a way of life.
I dream of the military managing the municipalities across India, for 1000 days. They will deliver miracles, within our undisciplined culture.