Accommodation Times News Services
By Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi, LLB, PhD.
Huge areas near metros are developing into residential zones. In Mumbai almost 30, 000 ha of land is converted into residential zone while taking Non Agriculture permission and in Delhi NCR, entire areas are now developing zone. Similar position is in Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangaluru, Mysore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Aurangabad, Nashik, Lucknow, and Bhubneshwar.
New developing zones are developing and private builders are developing millions of sq ft. in and around metro areas. But there is no infrastructure provided nor any plan.
Water being one of the essential element for residential zone but unfortunately it is never provided for. In fact Affidavits are taken from developers that they will not ask for any water supply from gram panchayat or local self government. In Undri and Khadaki near Pune it is drought like situation.
In Ulwe, Kamothe and many part of Navi Mumbai there is no approach road. Developers presume that corporation will one day provide roads on voter’s demand.
In Merut, Muradabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Mewat, Rohtak, Sonepat, Rewari, Jhajjhar, Panipat and Palwal are the worst areas as far as infrastructure is concern. No power no water.
In Thane and many parts of Mulund there are power cuts extended up to 8 to 10 hours a day. Uttar Pradesh and many parts of Madhya Pradesh still looping dark and struggling for power.
Indore, Bhopal and Gwalior cities have developed but without power and roads.
Although Pradhan Mantri Sadak Yojana have been remarkable to connect villages but real estate development is suffering because of poor infrastructure and there is no hope so.
We need double the amount of funds put in real estate development into infrastructure to facilitate the real estate development.
How we will get 100 smart cities when existing cities are suffering from poor hygiene and infrastructure. Unplanned development on the out skirts of metropolitan areas of urban cities will lead to mess and destruction to environment and un human living conditions like old Thane, Bhayandar, Old Delhi, Old Bhubneshwar. Old Mumbai suppose to be costliest real estate but what if you cannot take out your Merc and 200 year old sewer waiting to burst any day?
No political vision, no town planning expertise and vote bank greed will never make us attain sustainable development and provide for future of our developed cities.