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

MANASI PHADKE:A recent report by Centre for Policy Research claims PPP does not necessarily bring additional money because the government has to compensate by allowing private players to collect user charge or give real estate component.

NN:See, people have immense confidence in the private sector. People are ready to contribute when private sector is involved.

MANASI PHADKE:The government is in the process of changing the MMRDA rental housing scheme to an affordable housing one to sell houses through a lottery system. Rental housing was spoken of as an important project to stem proliferation of slums, what do you think of the change?

NN:It is true when they say rental housing is difficult to execute as a government agency cannot be in the business of collecting rent. They are looking into all these problems. MMRDA is doing one thing, MHADA is doing another. They cannot look at the issue in isolation. They have to look at who will maintain the houses, who will collect rent.

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