Privatizing the Public

Most urban households in India do not have garages for their private vehicles. They park their vehicles in public spaces expanding their private spaces unlawfully encroaching upon public space. Gullies and small roads are already choking on parked private vehicles, and most double lane streets likewise have already shrunken from both sides into narrow single lanes with speeding vehicles from opposite directions.

This is unfortunately a moral issue that has to do with other areas of social life causing social issues such as corruption, and it has become a phenomenon in India’s urban space and the situation is only worsening. The authorities need to deal with this with a long-term vision in mind lest it would become a serious problem in a matter of two decades, given the rate of population growth and dramatic decrease in dependence on public transport but unprecedented increase in private vehicle purchase.

This page has a collection of photographic examples of this phenomenon from around Delhi.