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A New Place, A Taste of Urbanization

I have just moved to a flat near Chandigarh. Resting on the 1st floor, my eyes feast on the near and far buildings that in comparison to New York or Mumbai or even Chandigarh's own secretariat is not impressive but since I have never lived in flats before, it forms an interesting sight. The building is just three storey high. The view of neighboring flats urge me to go to the roof and watch the surrounding view.

I have been to the roof two days back. Took some snapshots. You might have a thing for settling in these spaces but even Chandigarh do not have high-rise residential buildings. New properties are available only in places around it. So if I took an auto ride to reach Chandigarh or went on a simple stroll to a shopping complex a little far across the road, I was not surprised to notice the worsening signs of urbanization.

I can get everything that a good city can promise me in these quarters or residential zones but the benefits of administration is highly invisible. The dust, traffic congestion and polluted air due to combustible gases choke the nasal passageway making it compulsory to cover the nose and mouth with a handkerchief.

Similarly, missing the availability of fresh vegetable produce and spices here. Who says urbanization is all about spacious and economical places with four walls offering peace of mind and privacy? There is no better way to cross the road while in city there are pedestrian pavement, traffic lights, and somewhere even flyovers for better flow of traffic. Here, the people are themselves in some conformity with living life slow down their vehicles or impose other self rules to make a passageway.

This is good till there is finally something that is eventful like slogging drains, uncovered manholes, flooded roads, etc.

In the meantime, I also marvel at the efforts of these independent builders offering a respectable and quality accommodation where one really feels like leaving inside the city with good inter lanes to walk, talk with neighbours, play parks, temple and even some service shops.

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