BMC for realty boost in city, but ig­nores all else

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there’s no men­tion of the need to strengthen the city’s over­bur­dened in­fra­struc­ture. The re­port also does not ad­dress im­por­tant is­sues such as slums and health­care, among oth­ers.

Ex­perts and ur­ban plan­ners are alarmed at the BMC’s sin­gle­minded fo­cus on real es­tate and its blink­ered ‘ vi­sion’. “This is rem­i­nis­cent of the delu­sional plan of trans­form­ing Mum­bai into Shang­hai. The doc­u­ment re­fuses to ac­knowl­edge the city’s re­al­i­ties and looks only at floor space in­dex and re­de­vel­op­ment as ways to ‘save’ the city,” said Sand­hya Iyer, as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor at Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sciences’ School of De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies.

RE­LATED RE­PORT, P2 MUM­BAI: Al­low­ing taller build­ings to come up, de­vel­op­ment of no- de­vel­op­ment zones and re­de­vel­op­ment are the cure to Mum­bai’s mul­ti­tudi­nous prob­lems, if you go by the civic body’s re­port that rec­om­mends strate­gies for achiev­ing its vi­sion for the next 20 years.

Of the 11 strate­gies in the re­port ti­tled Strate­gies for At­tain­ing the Vi­sion for De­vel­op­ment Plan 2014- 34, eight are about en­cour­ag­ing real es­tate de­vel­op­ment, but

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