You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
The government spends enormous amount of money on renovation of old buildings in large cities. Some believe that this money is better spent on building new houses and road development.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this argument?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Infrastructure development and maintenance of old building are two aspects which always perplex government across the globe. It seems that maintenance of old construction has a traditional and culture value which is indispensable for society, but, it is also significant to the development of new buildings and roads as well.
I see many reasons in support of new construction. Firstly, world population growth is increasing at a maximum rate which requires the construction of more buildings and roads. There is a race among countries for the fast and contemporary development of infrastructure. For example, China has highest infrastructure development compared to other nations in last decade. Secondly, modern infrastructure lasts much longer than older ones. This is because of new technology used for the development and also the use of sturdy material which has been tried and tested. Modern technology not only enhances the longevity of building, but also offers modern means of living.
Thirdly, newer buildings are created by keeping the needs of people and also a future trend in mind. Hence, it gives far better facilities compared to what older buildings can. Finally, better infrastructure always help to grow economy. Thus, it is the need of the hour for all governments.
On the other hand, there are certain building hold religious, culture and tradition value of the countries, which should be carried out to our next generation and so it is extremely important to spend a large chunk of money for their restoration and maintenance.
In closing, I admit that certain construction need to be maintained. However, apart from them, it is not sensible for the government to spend their revenue on old construction. I assert that new development should be given first priority.
[ Written by – Sandip Manubhai ]