Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Two articles worth highlighting from today's newspapers..

First up, this article titled "MLAs want to live only at Nariman Point" which says

Nariman Point, the high-profile business address of the nation, will house 100 more MLAs of the state legislature. The proposed swanky MLA hostels, coming up on a government plot close to Nariman Point fire station, will be the fifth such hostel for Assembly members.

According to sources, the expected cost of building the hostels is Rs 20 crore and it will be part of Rs 375-crore Mantralaya makeover project. The decision to build the new hostels was taken by a committee comprising Speaker of the Assembly, the chairman of the Legislative Council and the chief minister.

And then, this other article which takes us north of Nariman Point to Lower Parel, where Mumbai's Mills were once located. The article tells us that even though the Maharashtra State Government could not provide houses - as required by law - to the displaced mill workers (after the mills were shut down for redevelopment), they are trying their best to provide jobs for them.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh categorically told the House that although it was not possible to ensure that each and every worker got a house for himself, the government will try to provide shelter to most. "The 2001 amendment in the DCR has a clear provision for a house for every mill worker. We have plans of 10,000 more houses on the land submitted to MHADA by the mill owners. The number of the houses may go up as few more mills undergoing redevelopment are expected to release some land for the workers. However, these houses will be come ‘at a cost’,” Deshmukh said.

Leave alone implementing a law made to provide a house for mill workers, the politicians we've elected are busy building houses for themselves in prime property Mumbai. Talk about ironies...