BMC for realty boost in city, but ignores all else
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