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Future tense

There is no bold vision for India because there is no accountability. We have big ideas but there’s no one to implement them, writes Ashali Varma.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2009 21:29 IST

If you think you are living in the 21st century, think again. Long hot days with constant power outages and inadequate water supply are back again. If we run generators, it pollutes the air and consumes vital resources. The government makes promises it cannot keep. It has done little to add new power plants or stop electricity pilferage. Unregulated colonies are further adding to the problem.

Everytime the Delhi Chief Minister says things will get better next year. But the situation seldom improves. The population keeps growing at an alarming rate. But no one thinks about the needs of these billion people. What are they going to eat? How are they going to earn? Where is the water and electricity going to come from? Where is the land for them to till? What about their health, shelter and sanitation needs?

When will we start planning for the future? In the past 35 years, the population has gone up by 700 million. Millions more will be added in two decades. Will we be able to provide them with clean water, a decent life and a clean environment? We are busy building flyovers that become redundant as soon as they are constructed because traffic keeps increasing. Our power plants fail to cope with our population demands or even our industrial output. We may be self-sufficient in food but we have the dubious distinction of having the most malnourished children in the world.

We can’t even keep our cities clean — there is garbage, rubble, plastic bags everywhere. As a result, Delhi is slowly transforming into a giant rubble heap. There is no bold vision for India because there is no accountability. We have big ideas but there’s no one to implement them. Will we ever change? Can we ever change? There is an urgent need to start thinking about a sustainable future.