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Why should vips get good roads, not us?

mumbai Updated: Jun 02, 2013 01:35 IST

Why should VIPs get good roads, not us?

When I am paying for something, I deserve to know where my money is going and how my taxes are being used.
South Mumbai consists of very influential people for whom road repair contractors bid higher rates, because they know they cannot leave the work undone.
I don’t live in south Mumbai, but the tax collected from every citizen, from every corner of the city, is eventually pooled in for this work.
So why should the island city get a more lavish deal?
I also do not see the point in spending money to get roads repaired every year. This is merely an excuse for contractors to be corrupt and loot as much cash from the public as possible. We need strict supervision of road repair work and some kind of guarantee that the quality of the work will be good.
Aishwarya Iyer

The suburbs are being given step-motherly treatment
It is sad but true that since the voice of the suburbs is not as loud and clear as the voice of the power wielders who live in the pampered island city, the suburbs get step-motherly treatment.
Look at the streets in the suburbs — they are poorly lit, have little signage, few footpaths and open manholes staring at you. In fact many of the streets here have no names at all. Streets in the island city, on the other hand, are better maintained.
This year, scores of crores of the taxpayer’s money is going to be ‘buried’ in the city’s potholes. I wish the BMC buried our fair share of that money in the potholes dotting the suburban streets, to give the residents there smoother roads.
— KP Rajan

This culture of prioritising VIPs needs to go
VIP areas are clearly demarcated in every city, and Mumbai is no different.
These areas are flooded with all the civic amenities you could wish for, on a priority basis, be it water, electricity, garbage disposal or roads.
The roads in the suburbs are in a deplorable condition and are getting worse every day. No repair work seems to have been done so far.
Taxpayers feel cheated for want of basic amenities and because of the blatantly callous attitude of the authorities.
The only way to have a fair system is to wipe out this VIP culture, which has existed for far too long and is now getting alarmingly glaring.
— Amrita Muttoo