It seems that there will be two types of flying agony in India this year, depending on which city you are jetting in and out of.
First, there will be agony in cities that have old and congested airports. Here, precious time will be wasted because your plane will be going around in circles till it gets a place to land. Second, there will be cities such as Bangalore and Hyderabad. They will get new airports this year, so planes will land with fewer delays. But then precious time will be wasted because roads to connect the airports to city centres have not been built.
Two stories published in Mint on Tuesday tell the sad story in detail. A drive from the new Bangalore airport to the city’s tech hub, for instance, could take up to 2 hours during rush hours. Forget Shanghai and its Maglev train that carries travellers from airport to the business district in a matter of minutes. Even normal six-lane approach roads would do. Is that too much to ask from the government?