Cost of advancement

There is a common theory that for advancement we need to pay some price. There is no harm in paying some price for getting comfort. However, unfortunately most of the price for these advancements is given on the account of environment. For example, if we have to construct a big dam, then we are ready to pay the price of submerging of a large forest land and also the damage to flora and fauna associated with it. There is one more interesting example which recently comes up in India. It is famous in world that we do not have good roads as par the world standards. Most of the roads in India can be found in bad shape. However there was a unique thing associated with all these roads. Most these roads contain huge number of trees on both sides of road, even some of trees were of real type. Therefore Indian roads were helping in preserving the environment. Not only all this helped environment but it also provided lot of cool breeze and shadow to many travelers on road. Definitely this was a unique feature of Indian roads till few days back. With rise in demand for better transportation and infrastructure Indian government decided to wider these roads. Therefore major national highways started seeing a drive for wider roads. Up to here every thing is fine for people as the most of these highways are near completion of work. But few things are now can not be associated with these roads. These are “beautiful trees” along these roads because they all have been eaten by this advancement. Now on people can not expect shadow or cool breeze because no one is left here to do all this. Is all this a right approach to kill environment like this on the name of advancement? Most of us will say yes because we are selfish creatures and mostly involved in our own comforts. These beautiful trees have now become a story of past, our new generations will never be able to enjoy those old roads which can protect them from sun. These are only two examples; there will be hundreds of more in next few years, thanks to advancement.

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