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Comfortably Numbai

Comfortably Numbai
Comfortably Numbai
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Mumbai is a work in progress—whole swathes of roads dug up for concretisation, slums up for demolition, flyovers under construction, suburban rail tracks in the process of augmentation. Then there are the projects "under consideration": the Peddar Road flyover, the Worli-Cuffe Parade sea-link, the alternative hovercraft sea-route.... The airport too is undergoing a transformation. But while it's getting done, you mill around on the road to receive international arrivals, while departing passengers have to play dodgem with their trolleys, manoeuvring them around potholes and people. In short, Mumbaikars live for tomorrow, while suffering the horrors of today. Mumbaikars are a tough breed, though, and take it all in their stride. But they do wonder whether the future will be that much better. With good reason too: at the first sharp shower of the year a few days ago, the approach roads to some flyovers were duly flooded.

All this makes everyone feel pretty cynical about promises of quality and deadlines. I,...

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