New roads and new flyovers = brand new slums
Our government is busy building infrastructure. Putting up brand new flyovers. Widening roads. Concretising them. But this does not always help ease congestion because the extra space is being eaten up. Flyovers specially make a cosy home for migrants to the city.
Nice and spacious isn’t it. Guess whole communities can live here. Wonder where they get the wood to burn? Do they chop down trees that line the road? And in our middle class colony we are scared to even cut a branch even if it touches the overhead wires because we are diligent in following laws. Laws which do not allow cutting of trees.
The migrants get lots of space to dry their clothes too:
Ofcourse if there are no flyovers, people aren’t too worried. They can find a lot of space on a brand new road. Not just space, a well paved sidewalk too. Overhanging trees to cut whenever they need firewood. What more can anyone want?
Know where this is? Right in front of a nice fancy mall at Mulund.
When they say we live in an unequal society, people don’t realise that the most unequal are the middle classes. They pay their taxes and are terrified of breaking the law. They don’t sell their votes so the politicians don’t bother about them. And as for the upper classes…well, they are above the law. They grab land from public development projects, make money from deals with companies, take commissions…well, the list goes on. There isn’t too much difference between the corrupt poor and the corrupt rich. If I have to choose between them I prefer the poor. A line in that movie Traffic Signal said it so well. The guy who is in charge of the beggar mafia tells a politician who comes to take his cut: You are a different kind of beggar, but you are a beggar too. I suppose one can also add the epithet thief. At least the poor are just here to eke out a living. They are uneducated and live hand to mouth in appalling conditions and they pay for the roads they occupy. Can we really expect them to have a highly developed sense of social responsibility? Can we expect a man who cannot afford fuel not to cut down trees which are public property? But we can definitely expect politicians to have social responsibility and integrity.
Yeah, keep expecting. Unless the middle classes come out in large numbers to vote there aren’t going to be too many changes in a hurry.
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