Tuesday, August 17

Unpaving roads

The United States is going through a debate where many of their roads are being torn apart. That's right. Their paved roads are being turned into gravel.

Of course the numbers are very small as of now but economist Paul Krugman has chosen to highlight this as the decline of a nation. He says:

We’re told that we have no choice, that basic government functions — essential services that have been provided for generations — are no longer affordable.

Of course, the reason why some roads have been turned to gravel in the US is that they are no longer in use. Highways provide better rides and connectivity and these back roads that were important at some time are no longer used regularly.

Still for most of us in India this system would NOT come as surprise. Here we have been turning paved roads into gravel every year. That way contractors and politicians make money regularly. And they can claim that they have created thousands of jobs each year.

Wonder what Krugman would say about our system?

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