“I loose sleep when I think of Mumbai’s slums and the living conditions there,” says Naidu

By Accommodation Times News Services

Venkaiah NaiduWe have asked Mumbai Corporation to come out with a model online integrated process for according approvals in 30 days

A decent house is a basic parameter of dignified living which is a matter of right for every citizen. “I loose sleep when I think of Mumbai’s slums and the living conditions there. Can’t we fix this problem? We can provided there is will and can find a way forward,” said, Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu

The vested interests that thrive and exploit the misery of slum people need to be demolished with an iron hand and then evolve investible projects for redevelopment of slums in-situ or by relocation.

Our Prime Minister has asked all of us to collectively ensure housing for all by 2022 and we shall do it.

Venkaiah Naidu has extended the central government’s support to transform Mumbai into a global financial hub .

The Maharashtra Government had organised a ‘Mumbai Next Summit’, where industry titans like Tata chairman Cyrus Mistry and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, along with Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha and actor Amitabh Bachchan among others discussed Mumbai’s future.

At the event Naidu said, Mumbai, the financial and commercial capital of our country accounts for 6.16% of country’s

It is in this context that this important event is being organized and I compliment ‘Mumbai First’ for this initiative. Mumbai is the land of opportunities and so thousands migrate to this city every day. This is an inescapable reality and this is challenge is required to be met in all seriousness.

Talking about the infrastructure of Mumbai Naidu said, “The urban rail transport system of Mumbai is being stretched to its limit and is being challenged every day, why is that this city has only about 11 kms. of modern metro service that too commissioned only last year between Versova and Ghatkopar as Mumbai Metro Line-1? Delhi, on the other hand has about 120 kms of Metro Rail and going to add another 150 kms. in the near future?”

He added, “Several infrastructure projects have been conceived and are being executed in Mumbai for making city life better. But where we are missing out on is the time taken for their execution for various reasons. These reasons, however real and genuine, cannot be excuses for time and cost overruns.”

He mentioned that, the cases of missed timelines in respect of Navi Mumbai Airport, Mumbai Trans Harbour Link are some cases in point.

“Only a couple of days back, we have organized stakeholder consultations on reducing the time taken for approving construction projects in urban areas. I was told thereafter that in Mumbai, 27 clearences and no-objection certificates are required to be taken before starting any construction project. And on an average, it takes about six months to do so and in individual cases, the time taken is in the range of two years. Can we afford this as we dream of becoming an economic super power?”

Further he mentioned that, “It follows that the ease of doing business in urban areas like Mumbai needs to be substantially improved so that we can build houses for slum dwellers by enabling investment flows that are critical to do so.”

He praised the initiatives being undertaken by Mumbai Municipal Corporation to break into the top 30 cities in terms of ease of doing construction business. He said, “We have asked Mumbai Corporation to come out with a model online integrated process for according approvals in 30 days which can be replicated by others in due course.”

“Urban infrastructure including roads, efficient public transport, clean drinking water, solid waste management, digital connectivity, smart water and power grids, intelligent transport systems, responsive administration through e-governance, citizen participation in decision making, decent housing etc., are the fundamental requirements to make living in Mumbai and all urban areas worthy of it,” he said.

He said, inclusive urban development is our government’s motto.

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