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Urban Renewal: At Whose Cost?

Maharashtra's draft housing policy seems to cater more to the builder lobby than the poor. In order to ensure shelter for all, the provisions of the Urban Land Ceiling and Regulation Act must be strictly implemented, basti sabhas on the lines of gram sabhas must be set up and poor localities should be treated not as encroachments but as service guilds.

On Repealing the Urban Land Ceiling Act

The argument that the Urban Land (Ceiling and Regulation) Act should be repealed because it has not been able to achieve its objectives is a dangerous one. Should we not aim for the proper implementation of the act instead and amend those clauses which act as loopholes for its subversion? Sections 20 and 21 of the act that grant exemptions to landholders for developing their surplus lands for the weaker sections have become fountainheads of corruption.
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