Remedial Secondary Infrastructure

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Critique of RSI Paper
Primary infrastructures are meant to provide the basic services for the livability of a city. In developing nations, these basic services such as water supply, power supply etc. are not very reliable or consistent. This results in individual households getting their own private secondary infrastructures to make up for the deficiencies. This additional infrastructure is called Remedial Secondary Infrastructure (RSI). “RSI is defined as privately owned infrastructure required to complement municipal delivery of daily primary infrastructure services when the utility is not providing reliable and high quality basic services” (Reiner and Ramaswami 2016). Regardless of socioeconomic status, everyone depends on RSI for smooth operation of his or her household. Additional costs are incurred to maintain the RSI. These costs depend on the quality of RSI that is installed in the household (Reiner and Ramaswami 2016).
Remedial Secondary Infrastructure possesses some unique characteristics that distinguishes it from other types of infrastructures such as decentralized infrastructure, redundant infrastructure, supplemental infrastructure etc. “RSI replicates the same function as the primary infrastructure that it seeks to remediate, but it is situated and operated at the end users’ location” (Reiner and Ramaswami 2016). However, it differs from decentralized infrastructure as it can’t replace primary infrastructure services for extended periods of time. RSI differs from redundant infrastructure by working in series with primary infrastructure at the end user level as opposed to working in parallel. Due to municipalities’ inability to provide basic services to households, there is a market for RSI components that entrepreneurs can capitalize on (Reiner and Ramaswami 2016).
RSI has unique implications for future infrastructure design and policy in…...

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