So, who is right? I don't deny that Bangalore is no Boston which can throw 80billion US$ at the Big Dig. But how much money does it take:
- to have motorable roads that are straight, with clearly marked lanes, reflectors and slopes for drainage?
- to have storm water drains that are clean, closed and that can take the load of the monsoon rains?
- to have footpaths that don't require mountain-climbing skills to walk on?
- to have sewage connections for every home, so that they don't let out sewage water into the storm water drains?
- to have proper lighting for the entire city?
- to have adequate green cover for all our roads?
Now, all of these are easily affordable by our very own BMP. But why is it that none of these happen? You all know the answer - corruption. How can the officials give out contracts if the roads remain in good condition? How can you spend 60cr on removing silt from storm water drains if you have closed drains?
So, what is the answer? I don't know.