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In Development

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I took this picture in January 2013 when heading to Pune in the early hours of the morning. There is stretches of near no man's land bordering the Mumbai Pune expressway, past the monsoon, they loose their lush green coat to become a semi arid landscape punctuated by building development site like the one above.

Cold concrete towers emerging out of the mist in the middle of nowhere, the symbol of an India that keeps urbanising and developing.

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  1. Looks the same way along the expressway towards the outskirts of Delhi in suburbs like Greater Noida.

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    1. Oh yes, I remember seeing that type of projects around Delhi too.

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    2. Anonymous11:59 AM

      when we visited our flat they area seemed so different from our humble government neighbourhood, justs rows of multi storey buildings like concrete jungle. our colony is the biggest in asia. its near the airport. we had problems of connectivity, a flyover was build and then metro came to ease things up. the problem is how to provide water and electricity to these colonies. people settle down and then ask for facilities. at least that is how development takes place in india. the idea is let people settle down then we will think. our colony had no appoach road. only one road that passed through a railway colony and a village. after much litigation a flyover was built otherwise we usef to be stuck at the railway crossing in the morning and evening.

      at least this is new delhi, neighbouring gurgaon is even worse with no public transport and bad roads. sewage, roads, transport everything is difficult. all that we get in the name of development is malls, glitzy offices. once u enter gurgaon u feel its is not india but new york. old gurgaon has lots of problems. when will we get past things and invest in basic infrastructure. this is actually how we understand urbanization in india.

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    3. That was the situation we had when we were living in the NRI complex in Navi Mumbai, our building was brand new but getting an Internet connection was a massive problem.
      Gurgaon freaks me out a little, it feels so sterile

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  2. Always see these buildings and wonder who is gng to buy flats there?

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    1. I wonder the same thing. If Inhave to live in the middle of nowhere that might as well be in a house surrounded by nature and while having privacy. Living in a box with thousands of people only makes sense if it is in a well connected area.

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