Thursday, December 08, 2005

Demolition men

Largest urban demolition picks up pace. Bombay's never seen anything like this, with the High Court ordering the demolition of more than 800 illegal buildings in Ulhasnagar. So, should every Bombayite support the move? Or feel bad for those whose homes are being destroyed? Or should we just jail Mr. Kalani?

I think the intention is bang-on (no pun intended), but perhaps the implementation could be better thought-out. With the Municipality and the Government failing completely (perhaps they were in cahoots?), it's the judiciary which has step in to listen to the people, in this case the two individuals who filed the PIL. Drastic situations require drastic measures and that's probably the only way that these serious problems can be addressed.