10 Jun '11, 4pm

Think that you don't need to plan a city's growth, and that the free market can take care of things?

Think that you don't need to plan a city's growth, and that the free market can take care of things?

To compensate for electricity blackouts, Gurgaon's companies and real estate developers operate massive diesel generators capable of powering small towns. No water? Drill private borewells. No public transportation? Companies employ hundreds of private buses and taxis. Worried about crime? Gurgaon has almost four times as many private security guards as police officers.... Faced with regular power failures, [outsourcing company] Genpact has backup diesel generators capable of producing enough electricity to run the complex for five days (or enough electricity for about 2,000 Indian homes). It has a sewage treatment plant and a post office, which uses only private couriers, since the local postal service is understaffed and unreliable. It has a medical clinic, with a private ambulance, and more than 200 private security guards and five vehicles patrolling the region. It has...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/infrastructure/2011-06-10-an-indian-...

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