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Submitted by Vidyadhar Phatak on

It is indeed important that a lively debate has been initiated on a significant approach to affordable housing. The reasons for discontinuous of S & S in Mumbai besides loss of Bank support were,
Non availability of public land - in the Bank project Govt. owned wetlands were used. From 1991 such wetlands were not available for development under environmental regulations. Acquiring private lands through eminent domain became impossible.
The visuall impression of S & S gave an impression of underutilisation of scarce land in Mumbai amongst politicians and public officials. This led to lack of any sustained efforts of continuing the approach.
The challenge therefore is to increase the supply of accessible land and promote S & S type development through public private collaboration.