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Archive for January 17th, 2008

Nano : The 1 Lakh car

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How can I not mention the new buzz word in the auto industry – The Nano by Tata. Truly an invention that will unseat some auto majors worldwide and give hope to a lot of my countrymen to own and drive a car of their own. They call it the people’s car and I think it will trigger a low cost car revolution in the industry. The praise ends here, in this entry I want to look at what will happen to the already choked infrastructure of Bangalore once the Nano sets feet here. I don’t wish to criticize anyone; I am only imagining what the future has in store. The infrastructure in the city is far from adequate and the city cries under the weight of its own progress. Development is haphazard and really unordered. Roads, Flyovers, Public transport systems, Public health systems, Educational facilities all are stressed to the last possible end.

If the Nano invades the roads here it will be similar to killing something which is already breathing its last. I dread to imagine how the roads will looks like. Personally I would love to use a public transport system like a Metro Rail that is starting to be developed but is hugely inadequate because it will cater to a very small surface area and is progressing at snail’s velocity which will ensure that the average citizens problems will remain unsolved for a long time to come.

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