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Amita Baviskar

In: The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century City

Chapter 16: What the Eye Does Not See: The Yamuna in the Imagination of Delhi

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What the Eye Does Not See: The Yamuna in the Imagination of Delhi
What the Eye Does Not See: The Yamuna in the Imagination of Delhi
Amita Baviskar

In early September 2010, the citizens of Delhi were witness to an unprecedented sight in the centre of the city. Erased from view was the unremarkable green-brown plain dotted with fields, trees and huts where the river Yamuna usually flows in a small and sluggish stream. Instead, a shimmering sheet of water stretched out wide, obliterating the land, and lapping at the bottom of the old iron railway bridge. The 100-year-old reticulated bridge, a sturdy yet graceful monument to colonial engineering, suddenly appeared vulnerable as strong currents swept water dangerously close, causing trains ...

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