Metro cities in India cannot cope up with the increasing population any more. Traffic jams, power cuts, shortage of water, shortage of affordable housing are order of the day. In other words civic amenities are just crumbling. When will our governments wake up to realize this before a catastrophic situation develops? Your views?
There are obvious reasons as to why things are not going to improve and why the GOI and the State governments are not willing to improve the situation. (1) There is no vision, planning and strategy to develop the cities. They are like wild growth in India. (2) Then we have a Judiciary which throws its hat into the ring saying that it is the fundamental right of the people to migrate. So the exodus to the cities would continue. It would not be controlled and regulated. (3) Powerful lobby of Industrialists and businessmen would always try to sabotage any move to control the movement of cheap labor either from rural areas or from Bangladesh to cities in search of jobs. They want labor and they do not want to pay for them. Illegal labor migration is beneficial for them to handle their various projects in bigger cities which are growing as if there is no tomorrow. (4) Interestingly, World Bank and other world bodies impress upon GOI to encourage migration to cities. It is their style of say
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All the metros in our country are bursting at the seams, just because of the mass exodus of the poor as well as the educated, to the metros in search of greener pasteus. It is understandable when the place where one was born and belong to, doesnot hold anything in store for the person other than unemployment and starvation. Massive financial assistance in the form of loans are available from the World Bank , the Asian Development Bank, the Japanese Bank for International Cooperation etc. The Ministry of Urban Development has to wake up from the lethargy and deep slumber, draw up elaborate and massive plans to shore up civic amenities in the metros befire everything crumble down. The Ministry has been making use of these loans for urban and rural development from these Financial Institutions in the past also. Most of the States in the country have made use of the loans and grants from the Govy of the Netherlands for managing their Rural and urban water supply schemes and sewerage schem