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Why True Freedom Is Being Able To Walk To School

When I grew up, I used to roam around freely with my friends in the entire neighbourhood. On holidays, we used to play cricket from dawn to dusk far away from our houses. I compare this with the life my kids had in Bangalore. We lived in a premium apartment complex and it had all the amenities. But they could never be sent alone to the grocery shop nearby, they could never go out of the gated community, they could not mingle with other kids from different backgrounds...
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How India's Cities Can Become Smart

Truth is, Indian cities offer extremely low quality of life. Most would qualify as quite un-smart cities. Along with economic opportunities, urban residents need decent housing with core infrastructure such as 24x7 water, power, a tap and sewerage connection in every home, parks and green spaces and a hassle-free commute to work, preferably walking to work or by public transport. Instead, we have slums, pollution, deficient public transport and unresponsive city governance.