Mhada 2014 sur­vey for di­lap­i­dated build­ing re­veals 8 struc­tures as dan­ger­ous

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The in­creas­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion in Mum­bai city is the preva­lent prob­lem of the city, and al­most all of us have had first hand ex­pe­ri­ence of traf­fic snarls. As a so­lu­tion to this prob­lem Mhada, CEO, Satish Gavai has re­leased a con­cept note to min­i­mize the con­ges­tion and tackle the traf­fic. Mum­bai with its ex­ten­sive telecommunication net­work and In­ter­net pen­e­tra­tion lends it­self well to the con­cept of telecom­mu­ni­cat­ing.

As per Mr. Gavai, it is a con­cept which if im­ple­mented well, is a po­ten­tially dis­rup­tive in­no­va­tion ca­pa­ble bring­ing about a par­a­digm shift in ur­ban plan­ning. Un­doubt­edly, there will be many, who by virtue of the na­ture of their work, can­not telecom­mute. Bor­row­ing from the phi­los­o­phy of smart growth of cities, such work can be clus­tered in a dis­trib­uted man­ner across Mum­bai so as to en­sure that even cit­i­zens in these pro­fes­sions do not have to travel more than five kilo­me­tres to work.

He said, “I am con­vinced that these can be over­come with ed­u­ca­tion and com­mit­ment. There have been nu­mer­ous pi­lot project im­ple­men­ta­tions of telecom­mut­ing world­wide and ev­ery­one of them has yielded en­cour­ag­ing and pos­i­tive re­sults. The fol­low­ing con­cept note is an at­tempt to bring out the value of this rev­o­lu­tion­ary ap­proach to the over­come the all per­vad­ing prob­lems caused by con­ges­tion.”

In sum­mary, Telecom­mut­ing will be­come more in­te­grated within so­ci­ety as people evolve while they ben­e­fit from it in many ar­eas in­clud­ing the re­duc­tion of high­way con­ges­tion. In­creas­ing the num­ber of people who telecom­mute would not com­pletely elim­i­nate prob­lems, but it would be an ef­fec­tive part of re­duc­ing con­ges­tion How­ever, there will be nu­mer­ous job func­tions that can­not adopt to tele-work. These will con­tinue in their tra­di­tional form. Spe­cial clus­ters will pro­vide for such work places. Large fac­to­ries would there­fore be lo­cated at the out­skirts and would have their own mini town­ships.

MMRDA or MHADA could be man­dated to de­velop such clus­ters. It could also be man­dated with de­vel­op­ing spe­cial clus­ters which will ac­com­mo­date work places equipped with re­quired in­fra­struc­ture to en­sure that no one needed to travel more than 5 kms to their workplace. Such clus­ters would be es­tab­lished across the Mum­bai Met­ro­pol­i­tan Re­gion. The num­ber of clus­ters would be mar­ket driven and would nec­es­sar­ily be con­nected to in­for­ma­tion high­way. Mantralaya could be also clus­tered across the MMR. Of the 110 lay­outs which MHADA possesses, 54 are large lay­outs of more than 1 acre and can be utilised for this pur­pose.

Satish Gavai, CEO, Mhada

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