Aerial view of parts of Mumbai from Santacruz, Vakola and Khar to Bandra and beyond to Dharavi and Matunga. The road in the middle in the Western Express Highway with the Kalina-Vakola flyover on which vehicles are standed for as far as ones eye can see. The highway turns right after Bandra and continues along the Mahim Bay, the water body on the top right, and then over the Sea Link. The Western Railway line and Khar railway station can be seen on the right and then far ahead, Bandra and Bandra Terminus. The skyscrapers on the right bottom are Vakola and Santacruz East, while the slums are all Khar East. The buildings obscured by smog far ahead are probably Matunda, Dharavi and Prabhadevi. This photo shows urban blight, with traffic jams, congestion, heavy pollution, slums with skyscrapers rising out of them and dirty water bodies all in one. Especially the air, it looks so dirty just to look at, I can’t even imagine breathing it. But we all do, everyday. You can find the places in the map here.
View from the elevated Expressway connecting Silk Board and Electronic City in Bangalore on a gloomy rainy day. The uniform grey of the sky stretching from horizon to horizon matches with the grey of the road and the buildings and the spray raised vehicles speeding through the water, making the entire thing look like out of an post-apocalyptic movie. This setting would also almost make Bangalore seem to be an advanced city in a developed country! Oh how I wish this was the infrastructural scene everywhere in the city!
A view of Bangalore’s Peripheral Ring Road constructed by NICE (Nandi Infrastructural Corridor Enterprises), hence called NICE Road. It is a private Toll Road, and the Toll charges are quite high and the road is showing signs of cracks. But still, the 40 km stretch from Hosur Road (NH7) to Tumkur Road (NH4) is still the best stretch to drive on in Bangalore.
KPN’s Volvo B9R Multi-Axle stands on the wet and shiny tarmac at Vyttila, Ernakulam, after a long trip from Bangalore, soaking in the wonderful Kerala rain on a wet and cold morning the wettest this year. Very comfortable bus and very sensible driving. Also, check the reflection of the bus on a tarmac.