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Just amputate it!
Sick municipalities should go
16/11/2006

59 years of the so-called free rule, reveries of a United Nation Security Council Seat notwithstanding, India still remains one of the most exclusive nations of the world, which can be overwhelmed by a couple of days’ deluge (read Mumbai) or by something as trifling as dengue (read New Delhi). Add to this the pot-holed roads and filth all around, thanks to the world-class institutions of city administration that we have created in the form of MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. Their excellence in callousness, and sheer inept non-performance have created such benchmarks that they can easily inspire management workshops on ‘Keep failing, keep smiling’.

But jokes apart, forget being among the best, can we ever get the respect that even many tiny European nations get, if we do not improve on these counts? What we need today is to replace the perennially corrupt municipalities with professionally managed private entities, without interference from the polity and accountable only to the citizens in the truest sense (and not just by lip service). Unless we reform them and change the very paradigm of our cities, we cannot blame an American next time if he still relates India with snakes, malaria, jungles and black magic. Our cities still remain like that... concrete jungles (instead of jungles) and black magic of money... and rest is delusion.

By:- BE Edit Bureau
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