‘Given the infrastructure, you can’t open FSI’

MANASI PHADKE:Surbana International, the Singapore consultant, submitted the concept plan in 2011. How serious is the government about it? Pending its approval, local bodies are making own development plans.

NN:That is the reason we had a meeting with representatives of all local bodies in Mumbai metropolitan region recently. We hope they will approve it soon. A reason for the delay is the Singapore consultant has suggested land reclamation, which is not a bad word in other parts of the world. There was a lot of opposition to the suggestion of reclaiming, people said there would be ill- effects. So, we suggested a study.

P VAIDYANATHAN IYER:Ajay Maken, Union minister for housing and poverty alleviation, was suggesting the other day throwing open FSI in Mumbai was the need of the hour. However, developing sufficient infrastructure will take 15-20 years. What can be done till then?

NN:Given the infrastructure, you can't open FSI. You have cluster development. Our original idea was to look at a fairly large, 25-acre, area and focus on developing it. Put infrastructure in place before giving builders permission to build. Unfortunately, the 25 acres were reduced to 4, and eventually 1. Plus, some infrastructure projects are very slow. The problem is also that the heads of different agencies are there only for one or two years and set limited agenda.

MAYURA JANWALKAR:How feasible is public-private partnership in health sector? Seven Hills has not worked.

NN:PPP has to be made to work. It can be successful if there is good coordination between public and private players.

SHUBHANGI KHAPRE:We are talking about profit, but look at the big hospitals. They got land at concessional rates, but we don't see reserved beds for poor patients.

NN:It is the responsibility of the organisation to execute.

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