Care for a smoke?Anyone driving down Senapati Bapat Road in the evenings will notice the pallor of smog hanging heavy all around. Usually noticeable in winter, but this time it has been more pronounced than I can remember despite the surprising rainshower a day ago. The area is now the focus of intense construction activity on the roads and with the massive office buildings coming up, so there is a heavy penetration of dust all around.
I suppose everyone feared this was going to happen with the rapid expansion gobbling up open spaces all around the area and the pounding pressure of vehicles pouring onto the University Road from the 4+1 roads leading into it. The neat stretch of roadway, the uncluttered spaces in parts of the area and walk-worthy hill are more memory than reality now. Despite being prepared for this given the signs, it still makes you wistful now that it has actually happened. Being a hub of IT infrastructure isn't worth the cost from some angles.