How do we Make Mumbai Actually Liveable? Pretend we’re in Manhattan

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How do we Make Mumbai Actually Liveable? Pretend we’re in Manhattan

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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he last couple of months have been utter mayhem in Mumbai. The unstoppable downpour has brought down with it a footover bridge, and led to a fire in a train station ticket window. Roads turned rivers, and a double-decker BEST bus befuddled onlookers by driving straight into a height barrier that took off its roof. Having a plane crash on you is now a legit concern as well, same as having your restaurant go up in flames on a night-out.

Speaking of problems, there’s no time of the year when they’re as visible as in the monsoon. This may be romantic for some (who are these people?), but for most of us, it’s just four unending months of lengthier commutes, traffic snarls, strange smells, not being able to get an auto, paying 5X for an Uber, and a lot of keechad. In fact, Indian cities can be so infuriating at times that we’ve created our own special way of dealing with them – we pretend the problems don’t exist. We build bubbles around ourselves to try and forget that there’s a whole world of bad infrastructure and poverty out there. And our bubbles are constantly under construction.

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