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Title: The Social Life of Infrastructure: A Case Study on Agartala’s First Flyover
Authors: Chakma, Natalia
Keywords: School of Habitat Studies
Himanshu Burte
Flyover - Agartala’s - Case Study
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: The research conducted is a qualitative case study. The study is based in Agartala, the capital city of Tripura, a state in the North East India. The city has got its first ever flyover. The objective of this study is to focus on how the infrastructure has intervened in the social life of the city before being able to fulfil the utility for which the project has been planned and how are the people perceiving those changes. Initially three flyovers were planned for the city but only one flyover could be executed. The project resulted into a cost overrun due to poor planning and that further led in the delay of the infrastructure from becoming operational. The study has highlighted flaws within decision making and utilisation of power in an inappropriate manner. The study has captured the new activity spaces that have emerged because of the flyover, how people are using those spaces and have created new spaces of contestations. Considering all these happenings around the flyover, the main purpose of the flyover has not been served yet, which will only be visible after the inauguration of the flyover. And nobody in the city knows when the flyover will start working.
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