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We have to change our mindset to change Mumbai

Cosmopolitanism is a must for development because it gives a sense of belonging to every citizen. This is how Mumbai has progressed so far, except for some hiccups from regional political parties spreading a canard in the 1960s and again recently that locals are being denied opportunities by immigrants. However, all locals did not accept this selfish political game.

mumbai Updated: Apr 18, 2010 01:33 IST

Cosmopolitanism is a must for development because it gives a sense of belonging to every citizen. This is how Mumbai has progressed so far, except for some hiccups from regional political parties spreading a canard in the 1960s and again recently that locals are being denied opportunities by immigrants. However, all locals did not accept this selfish political game.

Recent developments are lopsided because they are given priority over replacing leaking pipelines and improving the city's power supply Mumbai. Ravi Agrawal

Cosmopolitanism is the key
Cosmopolitanism is a must for development because it gives a sense of belonging to every citizen. This is how Mumbai has progressed so far, except for some hiccups from regional political parties spreading a canard in the 1960s and again recently that locals are being denied opportunities by immigrants. However, all locals did not accept this selfish political game. Recent developments in are lopsided because they are given priority over replacing leaking pipelines and improving the city's power supply Mumbai.
N Jayaram

Ending corruption is a must
For Mumbai to become a world-class city, we have to remove corruption.
Every country has corruption. But in developed countries, you will find not pot holes, broken water pipes, electricity wires hanging loose and garbage.
In these countries, people who run the country make sure their country is good and then they add money to their Swiss bank accounts.
Unless basic amenities are provided, Mumbai can never be world class.
Pretty Kt Mirchandani

Develop satellite towns
We need to look at the city's problems first and have a specific plan to either resolve them or at least reduce them. Mumbai's problems are pollution, disease and sanitation, lack of infrastructure, worsened by political violence. The continuous influx of people into the city is putting a major burden and is hiking the cost of homes by increasing demand. The only solution is to develop satellite cities and encourage industries and companies to set up offices there so that they share the city's burden.
Ramesh Mahadevan

Mumbai can never be world class
With 40 per cent of the city's population living in slums – shanties alongside railway tracks, on highways, on footpaths, on open grounds, around airports and bus depots, under flyovers and bridges – and 40 per cent of the buildings without a fresh coat of paint in or decades, I don't thinks we can turn Mumbai into a world-class city, ever.
When the word 'aesthetic' does not exist in the BMC's or the railways' dictionary, and when the reins of the city are in the hands of corrupt, vision-less people, Mumbai can only remain a crass city.
K P Rajan

Improve transport, communication
There are several yardsticks by which a city is judged and Mumbai scores reasonably well in most of them. But it needs to improve in areas like public transport, communications infrastructure, disaster management, cleanliness and aesthetics.
The metro and monorail projects must be completed expeditiously. Autorickshaws need to be phased out. An advanced communications infrastructure with fibre optics has to be brought in.
Dr V Subramanyan

Affordable housing for all
It's every citizen's dream to own a house and live in hygienic conditions. Most of the migrants coming to Mumbai live on pavements or on open land. These shanties make the city's environment filthy. These illegal dwellings are a hindrance to development. The local authorities must evict such squatters.
The government must help build affordable housing that can be given on rent.
Deepak Chikramane

Influx of migrants creates a mess
Mumbai has gone through many changes, but all the development has gone waste due to the unending flow of people coming from other states. This influx has slowed the city's progress.
We must restrict the entry of outsiders as they use the facilities of the city without contributing to it. This has resulted in a mess.
Bhagwan B Thadani