The End Is Nigh For Mumbai, Says Outlook
News magazine Outlook’s latest cover story, bearing the characteristically ominous headline “Who Killed My Mumbai?”, details how our beloved metropolis is in a steady and steep state of urban decline. Taking as its peg the delayed response to the recent fire at Mantralaya—“a precious half hour passed before the first fire engine reached the spot”—the magazine examines with the help of interviews with city experts, analysts, architects, historians and economists (but interestingly no ministers), several indications that we’re on the brink of collapse. Or as transport analyst Sudhir Badami says: “The city is not dead yet, but it’s a few steps away from being in the ICU.” From our lack of affordable housing (“slum tenements command anywhere from Rs20 lakh-50 lakh a room”) to our crumbling infrastructure to the lack of a centralised planning authority to the politician-builder nexus to the systematic “de-intellectualisation” of our city (read author Kiran Nagarkar’s essay here) to the absence of adequate and safe public transport (read banker and former Lok Sabha independent candidate Meera Sanyal’s essay here), whichever way you look at, we’re screwed. Agree with Outlook’s grim prophecy or believe that we’re still relatively better off than the rest of the country? Tell us in the Comments section.
Sing No More The Mumbai Malhar [Outlook]Tags: Media, Mumbai, Outlook