The Gurgaon syndrome in Indian urbanization3 min read . Updated: 02 Aug 2016, 02:12 AM IST
The state is absent where it is needed and present where it need not be
In many ways, Gurgaon is the exemplar of economist Edward Glaeser’s contention that cities are the ideal form of modern civilization. It has grown organically due to economic imperatives and incentives; has followed the vertical growth model that Glaeser believes is necessary for achieving the urban density best suited to creative and financial collaboration; and displays the benefits of that collaboration achieving critical mass. But it is also, as the chaos created last week by the monsoon shows, a warning of what happens when the state abandons its role of shaping and enabling that growth.
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