Bangalore scoring over Mumbai

Writing in rediff, Govindraj Ethiraj says that Bangalore scores over Mumbai because it protests – not just the ordinary citizens, but the head honchos as well :

Floods wreaked damage in parts of Bangalore in August last year. The picture was eerily similar to Mumbai’s deluge a month earlier. Down to the causes, like choked drainage systems. And the residents of affected Bannerghatta responded, by bringing traffic to a halt. Mind you, this was middle class Bangalore, not displaced slum dwellers.

The Bangalore CEO fraternity is equally militant. Karnataka’s annual IT jamboree, BangaloreIT.com, has been greeted with howls of protest for three consecutive years now. Philips Software CEO Bob Hoekstra (an expatriate) usually leads the protesting brigade, demanding that the state provide better infrastructure for existing players before laying out the red carpet to new ones.

The full piece

Its an interesting comment, although I suspect that the reason the head honchos of companies protest is more because they lack the connections that are taken for granted in Mumbai.

2 Comments so far

  1. Asheesh (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 3:43 am

    What was nice about this article? In any case please do not compare Mumbai and Bangalore, Bangalore as a pathetic Civic authority which has miles to go before coming anywhere neat Mumbai. Secondly inspite its huge population Mumbai has been able to run the basic services, the conditions in Bangalore today are pathetic, God help the city if it grows to Mumbai’s size.


  2. BangaloreGuy (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 3:51 am

    Asheesh,

    I dont see anywhere where I speak for or against the article, why do you assume that I do?

    The article btw wasnt about the civic authorities but the people and the corporates working with them, or getting them to work.

    I dont quite see how you rate either civic authority higher – both were equally apathetic to the people at large, whether July in Mumbai or October in Bangalore.



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