Rain Terror in Mumbaai (Again)

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A few days back, I told you about the havoc created by 3 hours of rain in the Tricity of Chandigarh. (Click Here to read again) All this clearly indicates that our big cities are not prepared for heavy rains and people face acute problems whenever it rains heavily in this these cities. Today's news suggests same for Indian commercial capital Mumbai where so far more than 100 mm rain took place. This rain has again put the whole city to halt by stopping all kinds of public transport. 

Mumbai local is the life line of Mumbaikars because it contacts with to the various parts of the city quickly; however, today Mumbai local has totally stopped working thus making it very hard for people to reach their homes. To stop the situation from going out of hand, Mumbai government asked all private and government offices to close early so that people can reach their homes on time. Mumbai government has further asked everyone to stay in their homes. 

Already all major rail tracks and roads are under water, thus making it very hard for people to reach their homes. The state government has further advised people to all call 100 in case of any emergency or help. A wrote article on this matter 10 years back, Rain disasters and Mumbai, but it looks that nobody learned any lesson. The Governments come and go but the situation remains the same or even become worse. Met department predicts that heavy rains may continue for next two to three days and this can make further worsen the situation. 

I hope that nobody must have forgotten about the 26th July 2005 floods in Mumbai which put the whole city to halt and more than 400 people died due to drowning or other accidents. The urban planning is totally failing all major cities of the India and we need to work out some solution for the safety of people. 

Why State of emergency in Punjab and Haryana?

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From the last two days situation in the two states of India, Punjab and Haryana is not fine because of the upcoming CBI court verdict on 15 years old rape case against Baba Ram Rahim of Sirsa Dera Saccha Saudha on 25th August. To takle the situation, both state government of Punjab and Haryana are preparing from last one week and three days back, Haryana government imposed section 144 in Panchkula. Yesterday, section 144 is imporsed in more parts of Haryana and Punjab. But sadly, Haryana Police failed to stop Dera followers from reaching Panckula and as per reports already around 10 Lakh follower have gathered here.

To tighten the situation further, mobile internet services were blocked in both states, thus making people unable to connect each others. In all the major cities of Punjab and Haryana, Police is conducting flag march to increase confience in the public. However, all these efforts are creating negaitive effect and people of both states are in the state of fear. One of major reason of this fear is earlier failure of Haryana police to stop past voilent protests in the state which saw total lawlessness in the state and many innocent people suffered because of it.

Already bus and train servcies crossing Haryana are cancelled for next two days, thus making it impossible for the people of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal and J&K to reach New Delhi. It is very sad to live under such situation and I am seeing such situation after many years. It is clear failure of our system to provide freedom and security to the common people of Haryana and Punjab. One of major reason of this issue going out of hand is nexus between the religius Gurus and political parties. Due to vote bank politics, many politicial parties provide shelter to such Babas and Gurus.

At present situation is tense but it is still under control and I hope that situation will become fine soon.

Why so many New Airports when we don't have flights for old ones?

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It has remained the priority of all the governments to announce new airports; however, no one cares about the availability of flights in airports opened in the past. Many of such airports are opened to just get a political mileage and mostly, no one cares when they become operational or ready. Already many airports in India are lying vacant because of the non-availability of the flights. One example of such airport is Ludhiana airport which has no active flight on the schedule. Earlier, Kingfisher started its flights from here but after the failure of Kingfisher airline no other operator starter flights from Ludhiana.

Same is the case with Chandigarh (Mohali) International airport where the international word is symbolic only. Governments run to announce this airport as an international airport; however, no one cared to make arrangements for the start of international flights. After two years and after the intervention of honorable high court two international flights to Dubai and Sharjahan started from here but they don't provide much relief because of non-availability of further connectivity. So, people of adjoining areas have no option left but to reach New Delhi to take the flights to other destinations in the world.

Even after spending millions of rupees on the up gradation of Chandigarh Airport, it still lacks many necessary features and services which an international airport requires. However, Indian politicians look to have not learned any lessons from the earlier failures. It is important to first work on the airports which are already in operation than just announcing new airports. This money can be diverted to other parts where we need to improve the infrastructure or services. I am not against opening new airports but I just want that we should only open new airports when we properly take care of already available airports.


How 3 hours of rain created Havoc in Chandigarh (Tricity)

Mostly, we make lots of claims about the progress of India; however, in reality, we still lack many basic things. Our cities are least prepared for the rains and it was evident from just 3 hours of rain in the tri-city area of Chandigarh. In many parts of the Chandigarh, water enters the homes and vehicle can be seen floating the water at many prime locations. Mostly, we imagine Chandigarh as a modern town which is designed well to face all such troubles. However, unplanned growth in and around the Chandigarh city is creating lots of problem for its residents. When such a well-planned city is not prepared for just 3 hours of rain, then what we can expect from other unplanned cities of India.

In India, urban planning is very poor and we don't modulate our increasing cities. Our government doesn't stop illegal and unauthorized developments around the cities which sometimes include construction on the catchment areas of rivers and lakes. Due to this reason, every year flooding in Indian cities is becoming a common story. I think nobody must have forgotten about the heavy rains and floods in the one of the biggest city of India, Chennai.  I hope that we will start learning from our mistakes and create better cities which are capable of sustaining heavy rains.

Below, you can watch some of the video of Chandigarh city after the rain which clearly shows that how badly we need to change our city planning.


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