It is hard to peruse Mumbai's proposed Development Plan 2014-34 and not wonder at the short-sightedness of those responsible for it.
Mumbaiites have been invited to send in their objections and suggestions on the development plan (DP), but it is anybody’s guess if these will be received with a modicum of gravity and purpose.
Now that the coastal road is poised to become the symbolic project of the Devendra Fadnavis’ government, it is appropriate to take a closer look.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis wants to transform not only the city, but also the larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in a short time and in a manner that bears his signature over it.
Planners must go beyond such beliefs to imagine integration and inclusiveness as they plan for Mumbai. To not do so would be foolish, writes Smruti Koppikar.
Traffic snarls, slow and sub-optimal speeds of vehicles, grid-locked junctions and road rage incidents are now common among commuters in Mumbai.
That Mumbai sorely needs a different and better governance structure with a powerful elected official is beyond debate. Fadnavis must start walking the talk.
Women’s safety cannot be only about stringent laws, their time-bound implementation, enhanced policing, plugging the gaps in the criminal justice system. It must necessarily address values, beliefs and notions that men hold.
If Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis can ensure participatory planning, not mere public hearings, his model could deliver results, writes Smruti Koppikar.
A slum-free Mumbai, anyone? CM re-kindled the decades-old debate on Monday about slums in the city when he directed the SRA to initiate the process of law to acquire thousands of acres of private land that house slum tenements.
Fadnavis may want to read the paper and many others of its kind that focus on redevelopment which goes well beyond the reduced version of buildings and carriageways, writes Smruti Koppikar.
Right on the top of CM Fadnavis' agenda would have to be developing Mumbai city and the Mumbai Metropolitan region, the centrepiece of the first ever BJP government in the state, writes Smruti Koppikar.
The Mumbai makeover plan itself badly needs a makeover. In bowing to it, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has lost a chance. So has the city, writes Smruti Koppikar.
The verdict of 2014 will be remembered for, among other things, the BJP’s haul of 14 of the 36 seats in the city. It rivals the Shiv Sena’s tally of 15 but its import is beyond what the numbers show, writes Smruti Koppikar.
Post-poll alliances will re-draw established political lines. The Congress saved itself from a total rout but just about, writes Smruti Koppikar.