Nocturnal Construction

Posted: March 30, 2012 in MIS-Administration

When I run a blog like efficient city, I have to be sure and up to date with what I write.. Hence, I have been driving and going around Mumbai like never before for the past week or so. Everywhere in the city, I have noticed one common thing; all major roads have been dug up for some kind of work.. These under constructed road sites cause traffic jams and incovinience for every body using the roads..

Sometimes I wonder how easy it is for a country like India, and a city like Mumbai to over come such minute, yet serious problems. Mumbai is a city with a large population. Efficiency of roads is a very important necessity! But no one pays enough attention to maintaining the city’s roads..

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In the above picture you can see how the dig out of the road right at a junction is left unattended the moment sun sets.. If I now point out examples of countries that got independence at the same time as India, and the way they have gone far ahead, you will be shocked. I won’t get to see the condition of city roads left for weeks anywhere in cities like Beijing, Tokyo or New York. These countries are proud of their spirit! Read the rest of this entry »

A Simple Change

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Police Loopholes

Over 32000 murders, 19,000 rapes, 7500 dowry deaths and 36500 molestation cases are the violent crimes reported in India in 2006 against women. There are many instances of crime especially against women go unreported in India. These are figures released by the National Crime Records Bureau recently. While Madhya Pradesh is worst off among the states, the national capital New Delhi continues to hold on to its reputation of being the most unsafe city in India. Delhi takes the top slot for crimes ranging from murders and rapes to dowry deaths and abductions.

Mumbai is the city of dreams.. It is also probably the city where the highest number of women work at night in offices, BPOs, etc, in India. It is also a known fact that safety of women in India is not something the country can be proud of..

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Cities like Delhi and Kolkata women don’t feel comfortable stepping out of their houses after 8pm. But in Mumbai it is different.. We feel proud that in the suburb regions of the city, a woman can travel freely even late at night.. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t blame, when you can’t afford to get your hands dirty cleaning the dirt around you..

This is something that frustrates me to the core. I am a young mind and I come across many young indians who join a conversation just to criticise what happens around them. Indian politics is the topic to debate on. People debate, they have verbal fights over disagreements, and then they go back home and sleep peacefully. No body really cares to understand the politics and get in to the system and change it.

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The topics of my blog might seem as criticism of present administration. But I do not plan to just blog about it and do nothing. I am joing the Indian Youth Congress to actually get to the point where I myself can make a change in how things are in my city, state or country. The idea behind this blog is to positively criticise whats wrong and coming up with ideas of dealing with them.

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Jaywalking Should Be a Law

Posted: March 5, 2012 in Traffic Safety

Jaywalking is an informal term commonly used in North America to refer to illegal or reckless pedestrian crossing of a roadway. Examples include a pedestrian crossing between intersections (outside or, in some jurisdictions, also inside a marked or unmarked crosswalk) without yielding to drivers and starting to cross a crosswalk at a signalized intersection without waiting for a permissive indication to be displayed. In the United States, state statutes generally reflect the Uniform Vehicle Code in requiring drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks; at other locations, crossing pedestrians are either required to yield to drivers or, under some conditions, are prohibited from crossing.

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The above is the definition of jaywalking from Wikipedia. Jaywalking is the most common problem faced in all cities in India. In Mumbai, it is one reason to slow the traffic down, to cause accidents and a lot of nonsense to both the vehicles and the pedestrians. Read the rest of this entry »

My first post towards my efforts of shutting the loopholes of Mumbai.. I don’t know how many people in Mumbai have noticed this, but the police men riding on their bikes are not issued helmets by our government.. To think ok it, it seems unfair, illogical, dangerous and Hippocrates..

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As you can see in the picture above, this is a live picture of a police man on his motor bike that I photographed while I was driving.. 20 kilometers prior to this photograph, the same cop fined a biker for riding without a helmet..And I witnessed that action myself.. Read the rest of this entry »