Prominent personalities like Kiran Majumdar Shaw and Mohandas Pai today slammed state governments for the ongoing traffic and water logging crisis in major cities across the country.
Bengaluru and Gurgaon rains: Prominent personalities like Kiran Majumdar Shaw and Mohandas Pai today slammed state governments for the ongoing traffic and water logging crisis in major cities across the country. Kiran Majumdar Shaw told India Today, “It is extremely important for the urban voices to speak up. These are new age cities, they generate jobs for everyone, and these are the ones in which infrastructure investment does not happen.” “Everyone focuses on the rural economy alone and it is in political interests to keep people poor. Urban development is not on the agenda of politicians,” she hit out.
Mohandas Pai said that Indian cities are becoming “unlivable”. “There is lack of political will, and state governments are controlled by mafias. As a result maintenance is an issues and cities are becoming increasingly unlivable,” he said. “We are not putting in enough money in infrastructure. Britishers managed our cities during the colonial rule era. Now everything is on a downward slide,” he added.
Reeling under heavy rains, several parts of Bengaluru have turned into small lakes. The situation in IT city has become so grim that fire department is using boats to rescue passengers stranded in rains and traffic jams. Meanwhile, Gurgaon, or Gurugram’s, massive traffic jam and water logging, caused due to incessant rain in the millennium city has drawn massive flak from the commuters and the city dwellers. The traffic snarls, which started yesterday, led to people being stuck for over five to seven hours. As of now, the traffic situation is being handled by NHAI and state government officials at the National Highway 8.