9 June 2006
PROGRESS - DEVELOPMENT
These kind of roads are disappearing in a fast developing country like India, you are not going to see them any more.
Once Bangalore Mysore road looked like the above picture, the road was a bit broader, thick Shady trees lined up all the way to Bangalore. It was a joy ride in my childhood, until a few years ago. The picture below is Bangalore Mysore highway now. Took this picture last month, the work is still going on. All the trees are gone. Beauty completely destroyed.
I am not against development. As Chinna suggested, the old road could have been left untouched and declared a heritage road. there is plenty of land available for a new road. Karnataka is a big state. Still the bull dozers are working.
This is a Railway station.
Muthalamada, Kerala - Tamil Nadu border, but falls in Kerala. My recent discovery. Most romantic railway station I have seen. please click on the picture for a full screen view. I have posted Pollachi Pallakad train journey pictures in Blunt knife. please take a look at other stations on this route.
To our bad luck if the local politician becomes a minister, he would think of developing his place, funds are allotted, this gives him a chance to make money. This peaceful railway station will get raped, hundreds of years old banyan trees will get chopped in no time, without a thought.
Fortunately Indian Railways are very environmentally conscious, they will not allow any tree to be touched. but they give in to the political pressure. To leave the place untouched too requires a great deal of imagination while developing a place. Hope these stations don't become a victim to development.
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