Thursday, 4 June 2015

Office compound boorishness in Mumbai

Have you noticed how most of the new office complexes in Mumbai don't allow auto rickshaws inside?. Black and yellow taxis too.
 
If you are using these then you have to get off at the gate and make the long trek in. No such problems if you are in a private car or in air-conditioned cab. Those are allowed in. Though parking is a pain.
 
Most of these office complexes are not pedestrian friendly and you have to walk in quite a bit to reach your destination. There is no shade or shelter on the walkway. Which means that you are left at the mercy of the blazing sun these days. And it will be much worse when it rains.
 
Contrast this with Fort, the old CBD of Mumbai. The plethora of lofty trees there and building awnings means that you can always walk in the shade. Even if it rains. Nor does that area get flooded.
 
Bliss compared to the new office complexes in Saki Naka, BKC, Goregaon and Powai.
 
And don't even get me started on the lack of good and inexpensive eating options for office goers here.
 
Guess we were once a more humane city.

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