SMART CITIES

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Apr 2018 11:24:52


THE Bombay High Court has rightly observed that no city can be known as smart city unless its roads, streets and footpaths are in good condition. Because it is the shape of the roads in a city that hold a mirror to it as that tells how the civic administration is taking care of basic requirements of its citizens. As rightly said by the bench of the Bombay High Court, it is the basic responsibility of the Government and of the civic administration to ensure pothole-free roads and well-paved footpaths for pedestrians for safe passage and accident-free commutation.

It is the bad condition of roads in most cities, not only in Maharashtra but all over the country that has been identified as a major contributor to vehicular accidents, taking heavy toll of human lives and maiming thousands of people for life. Constructing roads of course involves huge outlays and most civic bodies have no capacity to finance road projects. It, therefore, becomes necessary for the State Governments to step in and help the civic administrations to undertake ambitious road projects.

 

SMASH HIT

UNTIL six years ago Kidambi Srikanth was planning moves on the badminton court along with brother Nandagopal for a career in doubles. Had it not been coach Pullela Gopichand’s decision to force Srikanth to play singles, India would have lost an opportunity to celebrate a champion’s rise to the top of the world. Srikanth’s rise to the numero uno spot in world badminton is a testament of the wonderful ground work by the Badminton Association of India as well as former players, who have taken most of the current stars under their wings.

From the days of Prakash Padukone to Gopichand, Indian badminton challenge floated only on hopes of a big breakthrough. The present crop is now not just carrying on the legacy but has gone a notch higher with stellar performances. Srikanth is undoubtedly the flag-bearer in men’s badminton. Towering over the talent in Chinese, Indonesians and Danes is a demanding rigour but Srikanth has mastered it with dexterity. Guarding the peak is now the new challenge for the southpaw.