THE EIGHTH COLUMN

Flyovers: High-speed development or wasteful expenditure?

From the time India's first flyover came up in the 1960s to decongest the traffic, the country has seen a spurt in their numbers. State governments view flyovers as significant infrastructure projects that ensure smooth vehicular movement. But, experts argue that they are merely signs of opulence and do little to serve the purpose. The Federal explores the ailing and failing flyovers in three cities — Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru — in an attempt to see why governments persist on building them even when modern infrastructure history shows they may not be serving the envisaged purpose. Click to read more.