Reboot Infrastructure

Reboot Infrastructure

For any megacity, infrastructure is the most important element which helps the city to grow and sustain. Our grand old city has witnessed spurts of large infrastructural growth and observed the architectural marvels made by the Britishers, such as the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial and the Howrah station. However, in today's day and age, for a city such as ours to continue growing at that level, our elected officials will need to focus on urban infrastructure. Unfortunately, our city has taken the opposite route towards infrastructural stagnation and crumbling of old infrastructure. The nonchalant approach of the administration towards the death and injuries to the people from these incidences is worrisome enough, let alone the fear of a random bridge or building in Kolkata collapsing at any given point of time. Apart from this, the age old traffic system and land encroachment issues are regular headaches for locals and yet no actions are taken. The irony is not lost on us that we were the first city to develop a metro and people now crack jokes of their grandchildren witnessing the final completion of the project. There are signs of people speaking up against crumbling buildings and speaking out against the neglect shown by the administration, but these voices must be amplified. We must ensure that we stand by our fellow citizens and raise our collective voice on this issue.

For any megacity, infrastructure is the most important element which helps the city to grow and sustain. Our grand old city has witnessed spurts of large infrastructural growth and observed the architectural marvels made by the Britishers, such as the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial and the Howrah station. However, in today's day and age, for a city such as ours to continue growing at that level, our elected officials will need to focus on urban infrastructure. Unfortunately, our city has taken the opposite route towards infrastructural stagnation and crumbling of old infrastructure. The nonchalant approach of the administration towards the death and injuries to the people from these incidences is worrisome enough, let alone the fear of a random bridge or building in Kolkata collapsing at any given point of time. Apart from this, the age old traffic system and land encroachment issues are regular headaches for locals and yet no actions are taken. The irony is not lost on us that we were the first city to develop a metro and people now crack jokes of their grandchildren witnessing the final completion of the project. There are signs of people speaking up against crumbling buildings and speaking out against the neglect shown by the administration, but these voices must be amplified. We must ensure that we stand by our fellow citizens and raise our collective voice on this issue.

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