The Sabarmati Riverfront: It has separated the city from the river, now a canal with cement walls. From the city, on both banks our eyes hit a cement wall, no river!
Advani’s Crematorium: Built with MPLAD funds, one of them is at the Gurudwara crossroad on the S.G. Highway with a huge, horrendous Shiva statue on the side.
New Glass Buildings: There’s glass, glass and more glass all around the city, making most of the new architecture environmentally unsustainable and also hideous. Glass-fronted buildings are known to increase already soaring temperatures. Then why build more and more of them?
Public Art: In both Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, public art is either floating taps wasting water or armaments, cannons and other objects of war and belligerence.
Mallika Sarabhai Danseuse, writer and Ahmedabad’s conscience-keeper is a heritage conservationist