Unfurling a wish list for goodies
F unds were never a problem here.
If one visits the MMRDA website,
it’s evident that every project is de-
layed, despite the World Bank fund-
ing the revamp. After
the deluge in 2005, the
government had an-
nounced a fund of
Rs200 crore, but even af-
ter five years, there’s lit-
tle development. So, the
problem is with bad
planning and lax implementation.
There are already so many projects in
the pipeline, so the whole functioning,
management and outlook of the au-
thorities has to be in coordination. Po-
litical will and vision is required to
make a project work. The problem is
with lack of accountability. I reside in
Kurla and the locality needs large
playgrounds. While open spaces re-
main in Bandra-Kurla Complex, they
are primarily used by commercial
corporations for shows and exhibi-
tions. They could have reserved some
space for the public to use as well.
There is a dearth of educational fa-
cilities in the vicinity. Slum rehabili-
tation is a problem all over the city.
Old chawls are in a precarious condi-
tion, which can become a problem
during the rains, so redevelopment is
No lack of funds,
only vision needed
The state is instituting a fund for financing infrastructure projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan area.
Speak Up asks residents living in far-flung parts of the territory how the money should be utilised
Currently the funds allocated to
MPs and MLAs are being spent
on constructing public toilets. But
like any government scheme, these
funds are grossly mis-
used and toilets are con-
structed in areas where
no one lives! Addition-
al public toilets are
needed in emerging
suburbs of Navi Mum-
bai - Airoli to Nerul.
Lack of facilities has made migrants
turn to the mangrove forests along
the creek. This area also needs a bet-
ter traffic management system, with
the number of vehicles soaring.
While Dharavi is getting a new sports
complex, but it also needs a multi-pur-
pose community centre with a library,