Critics are often looked down upon as cynics. I am willing to hazard a risk of being tagged a 'critic'; not for the sake of it, but I have experience and statistics to substantiate what I expound.
I have been living in Gurgaon for nearly 15 years and have seen the population double in the past 10 years. The population has increased from 0.8 million to more than 1.5 million.
There has also been a rapid increase in the daily working population as the city has emerged as a major employment hub.
Unfortunately, the state and city administration has failed miserably in terms of foresight and farsightedness. I have seen my clients and friends from Delhi or other parts of the national capital region expressing their disinclination towards visiting Gurgaon for meetings and social occasions because of traffic hazards and permanent potholes on the roads.
Globally, traffic management is undertaken on the basis of satellite imagery and IT plays a key role in the said process.
There seems to be a tacit understanding between the traffic police and auto drivers and rickshaw pullers to maneuver their vehicles anywhere - even if it's a one-way lane. There is complete chaos in Gurgaon during office hours.
In my evaluation, the Gurgaon administration should follow these basic principles of good governance.
- Peoples' participation in planning and decision making
- Institutional governance including e-governance and governance through partnership between the administration and the community
- Participatory urban planning
It is high time that a Gurgaon City Disaster Coordinating Council is established to attend to a crisis-like situation, failing which Gurgaon will explode like an unguided missile.
The writer is associated with Kaden Boriss Legal as an executive managing partner.