Hi Nidhi,
 
  I am so glad that [apparently] you dont subscribe to Mr Pai's  "organically grown urban area" thesis. Mr.Pai it seems (from my  internet (re)searches) is some sort of transport planner (like  dedicated High Capacity Bus routes) and stuff like that.
 
  As indiatogether says "    Madhav Pai is a Senior Transport Planner at Dowling Associates Inc., in Oakland, California. During the last six   months he has been with Egovernments Foundation in Bangalore, helping to establish the transport planning group there    (full disclosure: India Together editor Ashwin   Mahesh leads this research group)."   As such I (being an avowedly non-plannerly type) am puzzled how these  Western  mixed land use ideals are compatible with the BRT models  (Brazil ???) which these indiatogether type NGOs are also peddling.
 
  http://www.indiatogether.org/2006/may/eco-brts.htm
 
  As a non-planner who had quite a bit to say to the DDA in draft  MPD-2021 process, wide-spread unregulated unplanned Mixed Land Use is  an unmitigated disaster - and the hastily notified MPD-2001 MLU chapter  bears this out, pandering as it does to the vote-bank lobbies, and  leaving no place for the concerned citizens in section 11-A process.
 
  Anyway I am also glad that Mumbai shall now have its own Reliance Metro.
 
Nidhi Jamwal <[email protected]> wrote:  Thanks a lot Mr Sarabjit Roy for your kind words [as always].

I did not know that when someone posts an article on this list, that has
appeared somewhere else in media [and authored by someone else], it is
taken for granted that the person posting it subscribes to that view
point. Thanks for correcting me and hopefully the other list members.

Nidhi


I must commend Nidhi for bringing this howlarious piece of journalism  to
our list's notice. The photographs accompanying the article truly  bring
out how encroachments and misuse of land by small shop keepers  and
illegal hawkers have brought India closer to the ideal mixed land  use
that is allegedly so desirable in the West. As Lalu Yadav allegedly  said
"give me 3 years (or 3 CSE's) and I shall make Singapore into  Bihar"

  Nidhi Jamwal  wrote:  Emphasis on mixed use needed :
Our organically grown urban areas are very
close
to being the ideal mixed-land-use places that the West is now attempting
to
create. To leverage this phenomenon, there must be incentives to encourage
development in the inner cities instead of in sprawling suburbs, writes
Madhav Pai.
http://www.indiatogether.org/2006/jun/gov-mixeduse.htm


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