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Rough draft 1 • Minister’s resolve to determine the future of Delhi through high-rise multi-storeyed building. • Delhi, and much of urban India, is being “redesigned a little like haute couture, to a particular political objective in smart clothing, so that the elites, the educated minorities which govern” can impose their version of urban living on the rest of the people. • High-rise and low-rise have very little relevance in planning for people who live in a city. • The floor area ratio (FAR) or Floor space index (FSI) measures the real estate opportunity, the asset potential, and the speculative profit in rupees per sq. ft. of sale. • FAR/FSI has little to do with the potential quality of life that the city offers in terms of its public spaces and amenities or the infrastructure it provides • Long term damage being done by planning done on basis of FAR/FSI. • Infrastructure available (public amenities, electricity, water, health care, schools, etc.) and not the building height matters to a city inhabitant. • The built up ratio devised as a tool to judge the adequacy of public amenities as a proportion of the number of people who live and work in the area. • Mumbai needs one-and-a-half times more public amenities per person compared to Manhattan. • Pressure on public amenities increases with increase in the built accommodation or commercial space on a plot by making it multi-storeyed, as FAR/FSI does not link it to public amenities but built area alone on a plot. • Raising the height of the building without regarding public amenities, gentrify the city. • Development boards in major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore are dinosaurs that should have been put to grass a decade ago. • According to 74th Amendment to the constitution, municipalities are to be empowered to prepare plans for urban development, master plans, land use regulations,

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