Val­lab­hb­hai G. Kakadiya, Ex Min­is­ter of Trans­port (State in­de­pen­dent Charge) & BJP MLA

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The meet­ing with Mr Kakadiya in his Ahmed­abad of­fice last month, turned into an en­gag­ing con­ver­sa­tion on in­fra­struc­ture, real es­tate and the needs of peo­ple in the semi-ur­ban ar­eas. A Mem­ber of Leg­isla­tive as­sem­bly from Thakkar bapa Na­gar con­stituency in Ahmed­abad District, he feels that cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s up­beat fo­cus on in­fra­struc­ture and pro­vid­ing con­nec­tiv­ity in the long run, will help raise the econ­omy across the coun­try and also bring in fold the marginal­ized sec­tions of the so­ci­ety. The big­gest need in his con­stituency for ex­am­ple, he elab­o­rated was Hous­ing. “The res­i­dents mostly make their own houses and for them, the cur­rent gov­ern­ment sub­sidy scheme un­der ‘Hous­ing for All’ has come as a great help for th­ese peo­ple, he said. Kakadiya a vet­eran po­lit­i­cal leader in touch with the ground re­al­i­ties, talk­ing about the con­tro­ver­sial BRTS, is a bus rapid tran­sit sys­tem in Ahmed­abad, said that it had suc­ceeded in of­fer­ing a low-cost op­tion for trans­porta­tion to lower in­come groups. He added, “The num­ber of poor peo­ple us­ing BRTS is grad­u­ally in­creas­ing as most of the BRTS bus stops have been set up within 500m of low-in­come hous­ing and slums. The chal­lenge is to en­cour­age more num­ber of af­flu­ent peo­ple to use pub­lic trans­port. While, he con­tends that the Gu­jarat road in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment is one of the best, he agrees that more needs to be done to con­nect the ru­ral and semi ur­ban ar­eas, with the ma­jor cities of the state to en­able eq­ui­table de­vel­op­ment of the cit­i­zens of the state.

Kakadiya is also been as­so­ci­ated with real es­tate de­vel­op­ment and strongly be­lieves that real es­tate and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment are di­rectly cor­re­lated. He feels that to be suc­cess­ful in the busi­ness of realty trust is the key. Also, the knack of iden­ti­fy­ing the po­ten­tial of a piece of land or sur­round­ing area is very im­por­tant for a real es­tate de­vel­oper. Con­struct­ing a project as per the fu­ture needs of that par­tic­u­lar re­gion will make the de­vel­op­ment suc­cess­ful. In the same con­text, build­ing af­ford­able hous­ing within the city and ad­join­ing semi ur­ban ar­eas, can be a prof­itable busi­ness propo­si­tion for the de­vel­op­ers.

“Low cost hous­ing is the need of the coun­try. The rea­son­ably cheaper lands at out­skirts of the city can be uti­lized for pro­vid­ing af­ford­able hous­ing. The gov­ern­ment of Gu­jarat is al­ready con­struct­ing in­fra­struc­ture to con­nect cities ad­join­ing semi ur­ban ar­eas and thereby cre­at­ing larger pool of land for real es­tate de­vel­op­ment. State gov­ern­ment has also ini­ti­ated ef­forts to in­tro­duce trans­port ser­vices through pri­vate sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion in sec­ond level of cities and towns to pro­vide ad­e­quate con­nec­tiv­ity.”

i be­long to a gen­er­a­tion, where keep­ing one’s word was in­fal­li­ble and peo­ple would fi­nal­ize deals on mere ver­bal prom­ises. To­day, busi­ness is driven by sys­tems and pro­cesses, but the trust fac­tor will al­ways re­main con­stant for any busi­ness and more so for real-es­tate.

Val­lab­hb­hai G. Kakadiya

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