Is the western model of urbanisation and development suited to tropical countries like India?

The mention of development brings to our minds, sprawling cityscapes, flyovers, speeding cars, smooth flowing traffic, top-of-the-class urban amenities, posh lifestyles and so on. How often have we seen this translated into reality in India? Only in a few pockets in the metropolitan areas; For example M.G Road in Bangalore. Living in cities is a trial for most of the inhabitants; we all complain about pollution, traffic, overcrowding and power cuts. Can our cities, which are the engines of the economy, the representatives of the levels of development of a country, ever come close to achieving the ideal? Are there natural hurdles, which are insurmountable and out of our control?

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