Mumbai, the city of dreams, is already choked by crumbling infrastructure and vote bank politics will strangulate it further. While the government has decided to regularize illegal structures in mass in urban zones across the state, politicians have started demanding the same decision for slums built in Mumbai until 2015.
One wonders, if any thought process goes into analyzing the impact of such sensational decisions and demands that are made to appease vote banks only.
Rather than punishing the illegal activity, we are looking to cover up these mistakes and why?
The state government’s decision, to be implemented with certain conditions, is expected to regularize nearly two lakh unauthorised structures in cities including Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Pimpri -Chinchwad.
The same panel, which was selected and appointed in June 2014, has also recommended measures to control construction of illegal buildings in these zones in the future.
This is surprising, because the government itself has ensured that old unlawful construction gets regularized, which clearly removes the fear of punishment against such illegal activity. Moreover, expecting such miscreants to then abide by the rulebook is a fallacy.
Ditto with slums in Mumbai. We keep extending the threshold date for regularizing slums and essentially encourage people to build more illegal huts, which puts pressure on infrastructure. This may help politicians attract more votes, but the voters collectively lose their right to have a decent life.
With such moves, the government is also punishing the rule-abiding citizens and businesses. By all means, we should support every citizen’s need for a shelter, but not at the cost of city’s already burdened resources. After all, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.
Credits ET Realty