Apr 4, 2009

Suresh Kalmadi and the cylinders

A flier with Suresh Kalmadi's election promises for Pune landed up with the newspaper. Largely on expected lines (Kalmadi has always taken the sports-global city track) Two items caught my eye. The first states his intention to "get the Olympics to Pune in 2020" which made me wonder if it was not possible to develop Pune sensibly without linking it to ambitious sporting events. The second promised to "make Pune a 'cylinder-free' city".

Unless I'm really out of touch with local realities, I wonder where this issue came from. First, I couldn't understand what kind of cylinder menace was implied here. Was this to bring piped gas to Pune as has been implemented in Thane? Is this really a major issue in Pune, as opposed to the usual roads/pollution/traffic/housing tracks that are far from being solved problems?


Rashmi said...

Apparently, the link between tidying up of cities and major sport events is seen at other places as well - http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/answer-to-the-freakonomics-quiz-the-ioc-was-coming-to-town/


Unknown said...

Best way to clean your house seems to be to invite guests!