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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Cochin Metro Railway: At a Prolife Angle

The long cherished dream for a better traffic in Cochin is budding and will be flowered by 2016.  Cochin metro railway will soon be an alternate traffic to get rid of the congested road travels. Along other citizens of kerala, I heartily welcome this newer step of development.

We all like development, both in infrastructure and ultra structure. Most of you have dreamt, at least once, to travel all around the developed countries simply because you are attracted to their better infrastructural development as compared to ours. Here I wish to point out some fundamentals that call for a better development.

Most of the times, for a ‘basic’ human, happiness is a direct outcome of development. Development is always coupled with economy of the nation. The more economic is a nation the more developed it would be. And you will see more metro railways there..

What is the factor that governs economy? I say ‘human resource’.  Of course, many will contradict saying that the population hinders economic growth and puts the country underdeveloped. In a large population, resources of a nation will be shared by more number of people resulting in getting less for each one. But this view assumes that the resources are finite. However the resources of a nation are not finite since its value can be only measured by the productive technologies available to that time. I.e. resources are not valuable to us in themselves, but only for what they can do. See for example, when a new technology comes we need to depend less on resources.  Silica is seen abundantly on the earth crust but it was of no use until years back. When the science developed, we learned to use Silicon in fiber optics which then lessened the demand of copper. It’s merely the interaction of human and science creates resources. 

So, how can we get better resources? We need better technologies for better resources.  The technologies won’t come by it; there should be someone to find out the laws of nature. All these laws including the recently explored Higgs mechanism are created by the God. However God want us to go in search of these laws to know Him more and more. That is why education is devoted to God. Basically, I was trying to say that we need humans to explore science.

Does all human need to explore science? I will say not since technologies once explored can be shared. So, why we need more humans for economic growth and development? This can be answered by answering another question that why metro railway did not come in Cochin before Delhi and Mumbai. Answer obvious na? It was more in need for Delhi and Mumbai. What does govern this need? Here comes the importance of population. Studies show a direct proportion between the population density and economic growth. What is the need of a metro railway without much population density? According to a Danish economist Ester Boserup populations must grow beyond a certain minimum level before they can get into the process of economic development. Population growth makes possible the development of towns, and the concomitant implication of specialized technologies and skills like use of advanced techniques to produce food owing to the growing demand and making alternate traffics like metro railways will keep the town developed and bring more economy. 

Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong etc all has experienced a rapid population growth. See how developed they are. Take an example of Singapore which has a population density of more than 3500. People there don’t suffocate or experience collision on roads while walking owing to high population density. Still more and more people are migrating there. That country has grown in terms of development owing to a rapid population growth.

To develop more, for metro rails into malls and to live in a country with all its richness, let us pray for the abundance of life.

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