871 hectares of land in city lost to slums

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­hit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: The city has lost more than 871 hectares of land — as much as 10 Ma­ha­laxmi race cour­ses — meant for open green spa­ces and play­grounds to slum clus­ters be­cause of poor plan­ning and a fail­ure to cre­ate af­ford­able homes.

In a first-of-its kind es­ti­mate, a sur­vey by the Slum Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Au­thor­ity (SRA) has shown how the city lost out on land — some re­served un­der the de­vel­op­ment plan for var­i­ous ameni­ties, some tagged as no de­vel­op­ment zones (NDZ) and some plots pro­tected by Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms. For a land-starved city like Mum­bai, im­ple­ment­ing th­ese reser­va­tions could have made all the dif­fer­ence. The lost land has 30 % more area than that oc­cu­pied by the Mum­bai Port Trust (MbPT).

The SRA’s sur­vey shows how years of ne­glect­ing the im­por­tance of build­ing more af­ford­able homes and fail­ing to pro­tect ear­marked lands have led to the city’s cur­rent state — a sham­bles with­out the cru­cial ameni­ties and open spa­ces it is sup­posed to have.

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