Monday, August 13, 2018

Wild Life Film Festival, City & CREDAI!






“A concrete city creates concrete-people! But what the humanity needs is flower-people, cloud-people, stream-people, butterfly-people, and forest-people!”...  Mehmet Murat ildan.

Mehmet Murat ildan’s , Contemporary Turkish playwright, novelist and thinker; as well writer of a play, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi! And who else can write about humanity than the person who can write a play on father of humanity i.e. Mahatma Gandhi! And why I remembered Mehmet’s words is because of a recent event in our Pune! That way Pune is lucky on the front of art & culture which is very much backbone of the city rather the backbone of the city as only those cities have flourished over the time which has kept the art & culture alive & space for the same to row. Yes, this space factor is very much important for art & culture as here space doesn’t meant FSI type i.e. actual physical space but it’s in the minds of the citizens! There should be citizens who can perform or work on art & then there should be citizens eager to acknowledge it & then there should be citizens who should be supporting the first two categories by finance as well physical support as then only the culture will grow strong in the city! And fortunately in Pune all the three categories are there in the form of citizens, needless to say Pune is Cultural Capitol of Maharashtra State! Please note all real estate fellow friends, this is very much important aspect of the city as here people feel comfortable & secured as the culture of the city is so & that’s why more & more people wants to settle here which needless to say are clients of the real estate in simple words flat buyers!

Now those who must be wondering what the reference of this start is, let me tell you nature & environment is inseparable part of art & culture which comes to meet us in many forms via the artists which are nature lovers or nature explorers! There are millions of wonders in the nature & not all persons are fortunate to witness these wonders. Most of us has some time or other watched Animal Planet or Discovery Channels & got awe by the picturization of the wild life which is inherent part of the nature. But many a time we might have observed, these films are from the forests out of India (i.e. Africa, Brazil) & we may not connect with these forests easily as we don’t get to see that kind of terrain around ever. Despite having most diversified wild life yet in our country wild life photography is still for the privileged few (read financially well placed) & rarely one can afford it as a passion or make earning out of it! Rather from Leh-Ladakh’s sub zero temperature to mercury rising to 50 degrees centigrade in Run of Kutch to ever green forests of Eastern States (Nagaland, Arunachal) to Rain clad Western Ghats & then how we can forget the grass lands of Central India i.e. Kanha Tiger Park, with such a diversity of nature indeed our country is dream land for wild lifers! We are the only country where Tiger’s & Lions co exists though not in one forest but as country! Yes there are names like Bhedi Brothers, Nalla Muthu & Kiran Ghadge who are trying their best to capture this treasure of wild life in the cameras in the film form as not many Indians are aware about their wealth of nature & then if aware then also only a few can afford to visit all these wild life places! So, if someone doesn’t knows about what he or she possess in the first place, then how we are going to make them aware about the conservation of such forests as India on the other hand being the second largest populated country (Not very far behind China) & this population is the biggest threat to our wild life wealth! The ever increasing need of this 120 plus crore people makes us encroach on every forest, lake, mountain; grass land even oceans are not spared by humans! And all these issues unless the common man knows about how we can expect him to do something on his own & what better medium than the films to give people feel of the wilderness & as well the way we only destructing this our very own wealth! This is the reason why the wild life film festival held in Pune by Anuj Khare of Nature Walk in association with forest dept of Maharashtra was a significant mile stone in wild life conservation, which too is very much part of city’s culture!

Well, now one will ask what’s CREDAI’s (Developers association) role in this wild life film festival? Is it not the builders who are playing main role in destruction of nature by their rampant concrete jungles? Indeed when the great wild life film maker Nalla Muthu stood to share his experience while making the film on legendary tigress Machali from Ranthambore, most eyes were surprised by the sight of big banner displayed on the back-drop with a tiger’s image on it (incidentally clicked by me) & the logo of CREDAI Pune on the banner! This association of wild life lovers & CREDAI is what made the film festival more interesting as out of all the films screened in the festival barring a few, most films displayed the importance of role of the locals (native people residing in & around any wild life habitat) in conservation of certain specie or piece of forest. As its need or greed in most cases of the people which as I have said earlier has become greatest threat to the wild life in our country & unless we don’t make these natives understand their role in conservation & make them control their greed as well fulfill their needs by other means, the wild life’s’ future is dark! Now if this is true then what about conserving the wild life i.e. biodiversity in & around our Pune city, whose responsibility it is then? Its responsibility of ever citizens of this city to conserve the birds, butterflies, trees, flowers, rivers, hills & even insects in this city & builders (members of CREDAI) too are citizens of this city only! So its obvious that if we want the city green along with chirping of birds  around then it’s the builders who has to get aware that while building homes for the citizens they have to protect others species homes too & that’s why first step was to get associated with the people who are trying their every bit to conserve wild life via this film festival! At the same time Pune is well known for its awareness for wild life conservation as of late more & more people especially younger generation is exploring various parts of the country for knowing about our wild life wealth & even the Pune district has rich heritage of many species around the city. Visit any national park of the country & people from Pune you will find there & the locals from these places does respects Punekars for the enthusiasm as well awareness of Punekars towards wild life, is my personal experience. And it’s this generation which is future client of real estate & I am not hiding this commercial aspect of CREDAI being associated with wild life conservation as nothing wrong I feel about it. If a company (read builder) can sponsor a Derby Race of horses or making some Bollywood Star our brand ambassador to promote his project then why not support wild life conservation movement by making wild life conservation as our USP? Remember any conservation action should be sustainable too & that needs money for various activities & it’s the money you spent for is what makes people know what you are really! If real estate is spending money for wild life conservation movement & getting aware about their role in this movement the I will say that’s best outcome of the film festival, which is a starting step in itself! And then all such events like the wild life film festival are very much part of our city’s culture too, so who else than the builders of the city should contribute for it?

At the same time lest not forget who are the clients of the CREDAI members; nobody else but all those who are citizens of this city & they only have come to watch the films screened at wild life film festival. For them also it’s not sufficient just to watch the splendidly shot movies & got awe & thanks CREDAI for supporting the film festival! No sir, your job is not done as I always mention if you have some good builder available equipped with technical knowledge & giving value for your money then do mind the poor sparrows, mainas, bulbuls or butterflies of this city don’t have any such CREDAI member builder at their service. It’s you & me who are their home builders, so while you book you home just the way you are choosy & specific about having all good & modern amenities for your home, do ask to your builder what he or his company has done for wild life conservation in or around city? I think then only you have right to call yourself a responsible Puneakar citizen & then I will say yes CREDAI’s participation in wild life film festival has paid off! At least the builder should be a CREDAI member as just the way not every individual can go in forest & do something individually for wild life but even by becoming aware he or she can contribute for the conservation. In same way it may not be possible for every builder to actually do something for wild life but he is part of CREDAI which is working in hands with people like Nature Walk & Forest dept is in itself is a start! And then you can always guide your builder what his company can do even individually also for wild life conservation but need is first you understand your role in it! As there only lies the chance of every other specie than human being to survive or else all we will be left with, we the humans & our concrete jungle which will have got life but of no value! But looking at the banner of wild life festival & name of CREDAI on it, I felt all is not lost yet & yes there is hope! And what more as a wild life lover I could have expected but keeping Hope for Wild Life Conservation alive!

-- 
Sanjay Deshpande 

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Hon. Prime Minister Sir, Lets Do This on 15th August!!






“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.” … J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

No need to introduce our times greatest fairy tell story writer, creator of the wizard Harry Potter i.e. the “chosen one” whose stories not only make kids travel in dream lands but the philosophy of life’s every aspect her books have touched, makes them worth readable for even the grownups!

Friends, why I remembered Rowling’s above quote is a SMS, I received from PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) on my cell phone & sure I wasn’t the only one who has received this SMS as thanks to our tech savvy PM, he doesn’t leave any stone unturned to reach out to share his views with citizens, “Man ki Baat” on the radio channels on every Sunday 11 am, is classic example of the same! This year also as per his tradition Hon PM has invited opinions about topics to be covered in his speech of 15th August i.e. our Independence Day! And for that MyGov app has been created, so citizens can reach to PM; I have downloaded this app & it’s really a great job I must say. People also have responded in great way with suggestions flooding & you can see as well comment on the suggestions & thousands of them are there! Though it’s just part of speech & not solution to what problem you have got with the country,  yet I think as a citizen we should contribute because each of us has hundreds of problems when it’s our country but how many times we offer solutions which are practical & not just emotional or hypothetical, do ask our own self! 

There have been issues like agricultural products rates to condition of general class in railways; one can see cross section of what we the Indians, thinks about our surroundings from the suggestions on MyGov app for PM’s speech! One noticeable thing is whenever you ask someone about his or her suggestions, then people take it as complaint & just one look at these suggestions; all they speak about the problems only! Not one suggestion I saw starting with some positive comment about something good has been happened in this country or with the person making suggestion, I think that’s one curse we as a society have got, that we have forgotten to look at life’s brighter side! Many will say (read most) that what is good to speak around, see the rates of every commodity rising, on the top of it there are taxes (GST specifically), jobs are getting scarce, we have problems of traffic, railways are always full, education is getting so costly & then what about medical facilities & what not! 

Today a farmer has worries about rains & if rains are good then there is over production & reducing rates of the grains or agro products becomes a problem. Same is with milk products, either there is shortage or there is scarcity of milk, affecting the milk producers. The businessmen are worried about the taxes & high interest rates on finance they have taken as well the License Raj & corruption along!  Even the professionals like doctors are worried about high establishment costs & then the increasing legal hassles as well suffering due to violent reactions prom patient’s keens! The blue chip IT companies are bothered about our foreign policies as well ever decreasing rates of Rupee in comparison with USD & high salary packages by their employees & the Auto industry is worried about ever increasing prices of fuel like Petrol & Diesel & power supply along with labor unions issues. The real estate is worried about increasing costs of labor & raw materials, making the end product i.e. “Home” out of budget of buyers as the sales of flats is been dropping along with the prices! The banks are worried about managing NP accounts, reduced loan takers & yet to show the balance sheets which will make people deposit their hard earned money with these banks! Even the safest placed “Sarakari Babus” i.e. govt servants are worried about meeting the targets, complaints in ACB, rights of information act & their 5th, 6th or 7th pay commission & yes promotion policies is always an issue! Lastly the so called common man who is a salaried person in some private sector or a rikshawala or a small merchant, is worried about everything right from his job (read daily earnings) to managing fronts like kids’ education, daily grocery purchases & installments of his one bhk home as well the fuel in his vehicles which he has to use because of lack of public transport! On the top of everything, the Govt (read MP’s MLA’s in ruling) itself is worried about reduced revenues, huge loss making public sector companies the govt managing (read feeding i.e. Air India), salaries of its govt employees, creating new jobs as well a huge job of keeping 120 plus crore citizens happy! PM Sir don’t mind, this is what our country is & it’s no fault of yours!

Speak with any person you come across on road, in public bus service, even in air travel (which was supposed to be for riches only) & ask how his or her business, profession or job is going on & 99% will reply, “It sucks”! Is there not a single person happy in this country, is what I wonder but then that’s tendency of the masses! People are always eager to speak about the problems they are facing as well about their sufferings & feel happy by doing so. Seldom will you find someone thanking his luck or god (never govt) for giving him or her good life, that’s the way human psychology works & when PM himself asking for issues then problems only are bound to get poured! So PM sir please don’t expect solutions to the problems country is facing or positive remarks for the efforts you & your team are taking but I will urge you to appeal people for being positive towards the goal you want to achieve for our country!

I have suggested two issues, one is appeal for every citizen to follow the rule when outside of home & that is "One Country One Religion" & that will we be Indian! As look at USA, the citizens may be Catholic, Protestant, Muslim or Buddhism, Jew or Hindu but on their religion doesn’t gets out of the four walls of their homes & on road all are just Americans! But here in our country ask any person, what you are & the answer will be I am Brahmin, Maratha, Marwari, Jain or Bengali & what not but Indian! As in addition to the religion we have a cancer named caste which has become biggest hurdle in uniting our country & if unity is strength then we are fast killing our own strength! And then it’s this caste system which makes two people enemies of each other; as the reservation in education to govt job to promotions, are byproducts of caste system. No, I won’t ever say there should not be reservation (though in no developed countries reservation concept exists on caste or religion) but looking at the disparity in our society, reservation has to be there just like support to needy ones! Unfortunately this support seems has become right of few & people are using it like crutches than trying to stand on their feet! And remember one thing Sir, till one caste is getting reservation then other castes will always have hatred for that caste & the country will be never really at peace! Let’s not forget peace is not absence of disputes or violence but its presence of justice! So please appeal to our fellow citizens that reservation by caste is not ever going to solve the problems in-front of the country but a system identifying & supporting the real needy ones is the thing we should focus on! And yes no politician however he (or she) agrees with this logic will try to touch caste system as it’s nearly an impossible job & which may cost a politician his career but then Modi Sir, History is created by doing impossible jobs only, which you can!

Second issue is population as we all love children (reflection of god, we call them) but someday every child is going to grow & then if it won’t get enough space of his or hers then it will becomes a burden on the earth! Here space meant in education, in food, in residing everywhere & it’s this ever increasing population which is killing our nature. As to give space to this population we need to cut trees, pollute our water resources & encroach mountains & hills! And with ever increasing useless population it is impossible for any government to provide basic infrastructure to this population making it turn in worst weapon as this jobless, education less population only which becomes mob gets active when any protest turns destructive destructing everything, especially the togetherness of the society! Today why are we facing problems of reservation more strongly than ever before as every person of every caste & religion wants his or her growing space everywhere! Today this uncontrolled population’s fight is for reservation in education & jobs, tomorrow this fight for survival will gulp everything right from food to sports & then it will be too late to control the damage as all we will be left with is hatred between the individuals under the name of caste & religion!  PM Sir, all you can do is, appeal people to make them aware as well the system named govt, to control the population of this country & importance of having one religion i.e. Indian, as then only we can afford to dream for healthy & peacefully strong India!

I know, I am asking for too much & one man won’t make the difference yet that one man is a must as however big & strong an army may be yet it’s like headless body without its General to guide that army in right direction in the battle!
Unfortunately both the issues  i.e. caste system & population control has become like taboo for our politicians as the one who will touch them has every danger of getting swallowed by himself by those issues. But then that’s price of being PM of country like India, provided you want to create a history which will take your name with respect & that respect wouldn’t be for your caste or religion or restricted for having a photo-frame in every govt office but that respect will come from within by every citizen who will proudly can say that his or her caste as well religion is Indian! My all wishes for your speech on 15th Aug 18 as well times ahead!
-- 

Sanjay Deshpande 

Sanjeevani Dev.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Environment Report, Reloaded!






“Unfortunately our progress is measured by the speed at which we destroy the environment around our so called developed life style.”  George Monbiot.

George Joshua Richard Monbiot is a British writer known for his environmental, political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books & I am sure none has been read by our rulers as we believe in “Swadeshi” so even the “Videshi” knowledge is also taboo for us or else such powerful words by Monbit would have been start of the so called “Environment Report” (ER) by our local bodies (read PMC & PCMC). Every years month of July we have a farce named ER which is like a ritual of Pandharpur Wari & it has to be completed in predefined mannered by all the concerned with ER. Like the administration which prepares ER gives all sorts of statistics about Population, Vehicles, Migrants in the city, Flora & Fauna in the city & many such in this ER. And our rulers (read elected members) don’t even take any effort to go through this report but gives statement to the press that this is repeat of last year’s ER & is nothing but a cut paste report. Yet eventually the General Body (all elected members) pass the ER as it is! Joke is the ER is produced right after World Environment Day ie 5th June, so this year also the yearly ritual completed happily & the progress of the city continues on the dead body of environment of the city! It’s like just the way Hollywood hit movie franchisees does i.e. naming it reloaded for the sequel i.e. Matrix Reloaded, on same line its Environment Report Reloaded!

What I wonder is all these so called elected members which actually are representation of the Pune’s citizens (PCMC for Pimpri Chinchwad) are smart or fast enough to give bite to the media immediately about “Cut Paste” ER or repeating last year’s statistics in ER but conveniently forgets their own Cut Paste behavior throughout the year on the environment aspect of the city! And beauty is on this front all political parties display same attitude as well yesterday’s ruling party may be today’s opposition party but the approach (read ignorance) towards the environment conservation is same! Or else who is supposed to change the figures in ER which are indication of degradation of nature, environment, bio-diversity & quality of life in this city but not our own elected members! I have never come across a news in media that some elected member (read Mananiya) carrying ER copy with him or her all the way home & going back to his ward (read constituency) & explaining importance of ER to his ward’s residents as well trying to make them aware about their role in making a bit positive ER which means better environment for all! As then only the figures in the ER will change regarding the pollution levels of air or river water quality will become better or we can see birds like mainas, sparrows or bulbuls instead crows & kites hovering all day long on garbage & filth around!

Now coming back to the Environment Report i.e. ER & its outcome, I think high time the importance should be given to the ER’s findings as well the action plan & fixing responsibilities for the same! What’s most important is what has been done with the last years ER & what has not been done, that also must be covered in the ER & who is supposed to do what, for the environment conservation in the city! As then only we can have some hope to conserve whatever little environment has been left in this city! The problem is we are so engrossed in our revenues & for that we give importance to only to those aspects of planning i.e. FSI, TDR & TOD i.e. more FSI for making Metro like proposal feasible. Indeed these terms are important but then what’s use of all this FSI if the city won’t remain livable, is the question we need to ask first! Interestingly this year’s ER mentions a figure of migrants to the city (though I wonder how it’s been worked out) i.e. the population (of-course that of human beings) coming in this city for various purposes has been slightly decreased first time in last few years! Typical Punekar will say, good at least there will be less crowd but its alarming as people come here from all the corners of the State & even country for work as well education & it’s these people who helps in increasing creating trade in the city as well contributes for revenue generation for the city. And do mind thousands of people have chosen this city as their home because the city offered good culture as well good environment too. But seems we are killing both as going by the news papers headlines slowly the city is turning as criminal hub of the State with every sort of crime happening in day light & on streets, damaging its social life. And on other hand going by the ER outcome the city seems going to worst from bad as it says there are 3.6 millions of vehicles for population of 3.4 millions (I am sure out of PMC passing vehicles have not been considered here) mean public transport has gone to dogs! Everyone is busy in printing progress of Metro but it’s just few routes, the city needs cohesive net work of bus service which is the only solution to protect environment from exhausts of these millions of vehicles is something a five year kid will tell but our rulers are blind & deaf by choice on public transport front! Instead what we get to see is poorest net work of public transport with nearly hundreds of busses are out of service & offering no solace to the commuters even when they are ready to pay for the service! The very same rulers who condemns ER for cut paste report hardly bothers for making PMT operational at its best but are busy to make the roads in their wards concrete! And the civic body’s administration is busy in building more roads, flyovers & making DC rules to accommodate more vehicles by increasing parking norms! 

If this is not enough then under the name of development we cut the trees as well we pollute our rivers which are homes to millions of species like birds, butterflies, squirrels & such, which were pride of the city for years. Then we claim we have made hundred gardens in the city but it’s like applying bernol on some patch of the body when entire body has sustained burnt injuries due to fire named! The Environment Report mentions that biodiversity of the city is fast decreasing with only twenty to thirty species of the birds have been left as citizens of this city, a figure which was nearly two hundred plus, just a decade back! But then who cares, as birds or butterflies doesn’t pay for premiums or paid FSI or can’t buy TDR for their homes neither they can pay property taxes to the city for their homes here so better such citizens get off from the city, is what our rulers must be thinking & unfortunate that the citizens also thinks on same lines or else they would have raise their voice on for the birds or butterflies migrating away from the city the way they shouts demanding affordable homes for humans, which indeed are equally important!

Well, I am in no way against development or Metro or flyovers or new roads or TDR or FSI but can’t we balance environment along with all this? As this is what ER is supposed to do as per my small brain is what I feel which eventually isn’t happening. All over the world people are trying to focus environment as their core of urban planning but we are going exactly opposite of this concept. As we have introduced Green Building norms & there are rating systems like Griha or ECBC to promote environment conservation in our development (read constructions of all sorts) but then ER doesn’t have mention of how many new buildings has got green ratings in last year as that will show our ugly & true face of eco friendliness! The problem with these green rating systems is nobody loves them, with due respect I am making the statement as this is something which no one will admit in public but ask any developer who is doing green rated buildings & the grind he has to go through to get the rating as well to avail the so called reimbursement on premiums as well development charges paid which are peanuts in comparison to the expenses made in making the green building! And here the society is equally to be at blame as the home buyers are ready to shell out some extra buck for swimming pool as well club house but not for the solar or drainage treatment plants given by the builder! And then these very residents of such luxurious projects which are celebrity citizens of the city will cry foul over the degration of the environment of the city; such hypocrites we are, really pathetic!
Anyways, despite all above facts one silver lining to the fast graying environment scene is at least Environment Report episodes are running as somewhere someone will (read hopefully) take cognizance of it & try to change the course. It is will take a Herculean effort because with all glossy pictures & efforts yet ER doesn’t fail to show us what lies ahead of us. The city environment is on down fall & the road ahead is getting steeper but making the 360 degree turnaround difficult by every passing day. 

The real estate industry must do something on environment front as it will be the first which will get hit worst if the city doesn’t remain livable. Create pressure groups, work along with NGO’s, make your voice reach on every possible forum but save environment of the city as their lies the real “Achhe Din” for real estate & for that all one is required to have is will to save environment! Or today just birds are leaving the city but tomorrow even human beings will be required to leave this city & then on that day there still will be Environment Report but the Environment would have been gone forever!
-- 
Sanjay Deshpande 
Sanjeevani Dev.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

TDR, Paid FSI, Real Estate & City!






“If you understood the plan of your government, which means it is a policy or if you don't it means it is politics.”… Rashid Jorvee.

Rashid Jorvee is a blogger & obviously very much from our country India as whom else can write about our govt’s policies in so crisp words! His above words are probably the best criticism (sorry but that’s what my take is) about the way our govt works & no, I am not against or for any govt (read political party) & fortunately we have not yet reached to situation in which our neighboring countries are, when it comes to freedom of blogging; that’s why Rashid can write such words for govt & I can use them in admiration! No wonder I recalled Rashid’s words about policies when I read recent headlines about our Maharashtra State for making it at 13th number (read rank) on “Ease of Doing Business” front, amongst all the States in the country. Surely this is something not of pride for the State, which holds financial capitol of the country i.e. “Aamchi Mumbai’! At the same time there was one more news, about the infamous word of real estate TDR, the “Mai Baap Govt’ (read State govt) is thinking of deciding the buying or sailing rates of TDR. For those lucky souls who are unaware of TDR i.e. Transfer of Development Rights, is a notional figure indication the sq ft area given to the land lord against acquiring his land for reservation purpose. This is technical definition of TDR but in simple words when local body which in Pune’s case is PMC i.e. Pune Municipal Corporation makes development plan (DP) of the city, makes provision for various public utility purposes like garden, schools, roads, bus stations & many such. And obvious that if these lands are to be bought at market rate then there won’t be no money left with PMC for actually building all above mentioned public serving utilities & many such; so PMC gives TDR of such lands to the land owners whose lands comes under reservation in lieu of which he or she will hand over the land to PMC & sale this TDR in market ( read builders) & they can use this TDR (figure in sq ft area) on their other projects where lands is marked for residential purpose.  In a way the TDR is very noble & effective concept till very recent & got failed only because of the as usual confused policy making of govt causing impact on not just real estate but entire city’s development of infrastructure which is on dying verge is a fact! 

And that’s how TDR became key word for real estate of city as it’s directly related to the building potential of any land changing entire financials of the project. For years people (read all the segments related to TDR including PMC) made money on TDR trading rather terminologies like “TDR Lobby” came in existence to describe the personalities who holds major chunk of TDR or reservation lands. As usual like any commodity which generates money, attracts bad elements & TDR also wasn’t exception to this law. And in addition to the same the ever changing policies of the govt regarding utilization of this TDR along with the tedious procedures involved in generating TDR assured that the key to TDR remains in fewer hands! For years this was going smoothly until the entire real estate’s equations started changing as last three four years had not been good to real estate is naked truth. Here when I say "not good" for real estate means mostly for the builders or for those who looks at real estate just as milking cow! It’s been wonderful for the end users i.e. home buyers as prices are steady rather lowered in many cases & more options are available & the flat price war has reached to its peak just the way we experienced in mobile data plans! This is bound to reflect on prices of TDR which in a way is parasite entity while building. Many won’t like it but what is a parasite but an entity which survives on some other tree or body; just the same way TDR survives only on some other land with residential potential!

And then thanks to the ever changing polices of TDR utilization i.e. right from categorizing TDR to allowing its use on different plots to premiums for utilizing TDR, nothing   is simple! First when TDR concept started it has been categorized in three zones i.e. A, B & C, depending upon proximity to city center. Also there was categories in TDR is generated by slum development & all other types of TDR which gets generated by acquiring reservation lands, god know logic behind this again! And maximum for few years was 0.8 times of net plot area which got on 0.4 (don’t ask why) & again was raised to 0.6 time of net plot area. Here also 0.2 out of this was supposed to be of slum TDR & rest others. And in A zone, that’s central part of city, no TDR utilization was permissible, again a grave mistake! Though the TDR generated by A zone reservations was allowed in B or C zone. This concept was for decongestion of development from center of city which was washed away soon, as by present policy all along the so called Metro corridor which mostly is going through city center will be showered with nearly 4 FSI to support Metro commuting population i.e. users of Metro! Now, don’t ask where logic of decongestion of city is gone, as we don’t ask such questions to “Mai Baap” govt! Then by recent modifications for land acquisition in city areas compensation has been doubled for the lands getting acquired for reservations. Obviously TDR also got doubled as it’s in a way compensation for the land to the land lords this has doubled the generation of TDR. Concept was the landowner will get double compensation so they will willingly hand over the land. Again a failed logic (read policy) as this is ok if the compensation is in hard cash (read money form) but as govt doubled the TDR as compensation, the rates of TDR in open market came down with more supply than demand & at many places has gone even below ready reckoner values of the lands. So more & more people (read land lords) owning lands with reservation are asking compensation in form of currency of which PMC is short of! Then come the final blow i.e. “Paid FSI’, by virtue of which instead land lords getting money PMC itself started giving more FSI to the developers by making FSI available with payment in proportion to respective land rates. Now with paid FSI, Metro corridor FSI competing TDR as well double compensation applicable even when paid in cash, who will buy TDR!

And then the most important issue regarding TDR was the way it’s supposed to be utilized, as long back in 80”s movies the villain used to tell his assistants, “ise liquid oxygen me daal do, liquid ise jine nahi dega aur oxygen ise marane nahi dega”!  The dialogue was so funny rather than a threat it became a joke but in case of TDR it’s true that you will get the satisfaction of having the TDR but the rules are set such that you won’t be able to use it! Right from height restriction to access road width to parking norms to plot size, so many complexities are there that I wonder in how many cases the TDR really can be used to fullest potential (if bought in first place) as in following all the rules the planning has become a chaos is a bitter truth. As have a look at the Prabhat Road type areas which were green some decades back & now it the zest of utilizing TDR potential ( land potential) every square inch space has been utilized leaving no space for trees or water seeping in ground. And then the planning authorities forgot that you can give TDR as much you want but the land (read space) available to consume this TDR is limited & unless we increase the land for consuming TDR all we will end up is creating concrete jungles, problems of which we are already facing. As this concrete jungle came with traffic jams, water clogging, temperature rise & what not but again who cares as we care for TDR more than anything else!

The main question is, with all this TDR, paid FSI, Metro FSI, has the city generated enough funds by which the civic infrastructure has been strengthened? Answer is, we are in much better shape than other cities but that doesn’t mean we are good! We are just lucky to survive as every day the city is buckling under the pressure of increasing population & new buildings which are a must to accumulate the population (and I am referring to legal buildings only) & the civic demands like water, transport, drainage, electricity & many such which comes along with the population! And we are short of funds, that too in huge quantity & more & more people are asking for money instead of TDR; so, clearly the TDR concept is failing & if we don’t do something radical in time (read positive) then very soon the Smart City will turn in to Sad City!

Need of the time is make a uniform policy about paid FSI or TDR & make it realistic instead playing with the words. First & most important create or generate  new lands to utilize this so called virtual development potential (read TDR or paid FSI) as here we waste decades just to merge few villages in PMC where as these new added areas are really the TDR consuming grounds having huge potential. The citizens need homes & at affordable price, which is only possible in villages (actually they are step suburbs like step sons in the family) adjoining to PMC limits. Make these villages part of PMC as fast you can & then allow maximum TDR to consume here at lesser premium. The problem with govt is it wants to have the cake & eat it too; means govt wants affordable homes along with money for infrastructure development but at the same time govt wants to earn money out of TDR by every possible way, defeating the very purpose of it! As it’s a vicious circle, govt don’t have money to buy reservation land so it gives TDR. But the very govt wants money out of consumption of this TDR making the utilization of TDR unviable for the developers so there are no takers for TDR resulting rates of TDR dropping low & so the land lords don’t want TDR but money for their land, which govt don’t have & in the ends city infrastructure remains weak making citizens to suffer! The main reason is the lands where TDR can be used are not salable lands as per the developers as these lands doesn’t have infrastructure like roads, water, public transport; so first let the govt (PMC) focus on curtailing the useless expenses like concerting existing roads in city center & use that money to build basic roads in step suburbs as then people will be ready to move in those locations, so will be the developers. 

Finally, high time for our “Mai Baap Govt” to understand one basic truth, you can sale dreams under the names like TDR or Paid FSI, but you can’t make people to live by just dreams! Dreams are converted in to reality only by realistic policies or else all what remains is politics (read politicians), which we are never short of!

Sanjay Deshpande 
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Hon DG Sir, Sharing of a Common Man!





“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because some rough men with badge stand ready to face violence on their behalf.”...  George Orwell.

Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic whose work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism and outspoken support of democratic socialism. Though going by present scene, Orwell’s above words many of our countrymen won’t agree with as read any news paper & most of the time men with the badge make for the wrong reasons only! Either the news is about police making innocent people victim or unnecessary use of muscle power while interrogation or some cop getting caught for accepting bribe for not filing FIR (a key word for policing i.e. first investigation report) & if not least then some constable’s suicide due to work pressure. Interesting isn’t it as on one side police dept’s communication or dialogue with society (read common man) is hailed by most & on other side police dept is said to be under extreme work pressure (read political as well media pressure) as well less man power & poor infrastructure which includes inadequate funding for police force to below par housing provisions! Something somewhere is going terribly wrong with police dept if not with men but the system we call police, isn’t it the outcome any wise man can make out from all such scene? And it’s unfortunate that it’s the wise men which are most endangered species especially in the jungle named govt & on all such background we have got a new Director General of Police (read DG) which many believes is from the endangered species i.e. wise! Not just DG but one more such man has taken the responsibility of a post which is below DG by hierarchy but ten time bigger by sharing lime light & that is Police Commissioner of Aamchi Mumbai & incidentally he too is said coming from endangered species i.e. wise men!

Here, wise doesn’t mean just a thinker or knowledgeable but wise means a man who knows his job & how to get it done & both these men have a real tough job at hand! I have personally many friends at all levels in police force & most of them are good men; this aspect of goodness is very much important by me, as above all of qualities, a police man must be good human being at heart as this dept is for protecting goodness in the society from bad guys (read bad elements) & how one can protect good unless he or she is good by himself or herself! And let’s keep Mumbai aside & focus of DG’s road ahead; no, I am not writing this to criticize police, we have enough tongues & pens to do that, what I am interested is in sharing my views about police from view of common man; you can say expectations as that can make the job of DG easier not the criticism! For those who don’t know what is so important with DG’s role for entire police dept, well for them DG is like father to a home (read family)! It’s DG which makes policies as well fight(sorry for the word but that’s fact) with bosses at high places in govt to make funds available to police men so they can serve the society better & most importantly by me to keep the moral of police force high!

I know many will laugh at the term moral of police force but if any dept needs high moral then that’s police as come what may have you ever imagined a job (I am referring to constable which is lowest rank of police force but maximum in numbers) to patrol on roads at odd hours of night & with just a lathi (wooden stick) & whistle, while the goons from which they have to guard the society can have guns & don’t mind using it too! And then at late night or early morning hours after duty when you start from home then the home of one room kitchen mostly is in outskirts at an hour’s drive! Even if you are lucky to have a quarter in the city, then also you have to face the pathetic condition of those quarters (popularly known as police line) which has more water seeping through walls & roofs than that flows from tap! And its this shortfall of man power reflects on working hours of existing force reflecting directly on health parameters like BP, Sugar & Obesity are just to name a few! On the top of it most police men of lower ranks has got two major worries in cities like Pune or Mumbai & they are, to own a home here & education of their children! I think it’s these two main worries which are the root cause of most police men’s (here read men & women) frustration which reflects in their behavior with common man!  And its these two aspects is what DG sir you have to focus on to start with is what I feel as if a police man’s mind is free of his home hunting as well child’s education then nearly 70% of tensions are gone & this is applicable for any common man too!

That way police force is very unique organization, it’s not fully developed or say created like Armed Forces  where right from the cadet (jawan) to General (top boss) all are trained uniformly i.e. hard core discipline & taught to take pride in whatever rank the person may be working. Also services personals are aloof from society in way, even when placed in civilian’s area i.e. not on border, which we call cantonment area. So the entire armed forces behave like one family & the bonding even with extreme discipline amongst the ranks in the backbone of the services! And then the police force is not like civilian’s organizations also, which are much liberal in working with unions also getting accommodated as part of system! But at the same time a police man has to work closely with civilians keeping the uniform on & this makes police force handling a tricky job which is what a DG has to do as a general of semi uniform & semi civilians’ army! And still there is discipline very much in the force where one has to salute his or her superiors whenever you face him! And that’s why the bonding between the ranks of the police force is not as strong as armed forces & neither it’s as friendly as its been in private organizations! And then there are cadres in the police force which divides the force i.e. IPS making some men going to very top post directly & many just won’t ever reach to that post & they know this hard fact! Need of the time is developing comradeship (with due respect to what already is there) amongst the ranks of police force & for that the senior officers needs to take the lead which is considered as sign of a weak boss unfortunately! In police a strong & tough boss mean a person who just know one thing to bark & fire everyone near to him & somewhere this is also a cause of frustration amongst lower ranks of the force!

And then comes the most important aspect of police force that is their image in the eyes of common man as well criminals! Today ask any common man & on this platform right from a millionaire business man to a primary school teacher all are same; ask them if they have been required to go the police station for any work leave apart launching a complaint & they will try to avoid it at their best! As frankly people don’t believe that they will get justice at police station; sorry, I know my this statement will offend many of my friends who are good policemen yet that’s a fact! And here justice doesn’t mean catching a thief or recovering the stolen goods in twenty four hours all I was referring to getting a good friendly treatment at police station which people believes that is reserved only if you have got some high level contacts or you are related to some political figure! DG Sir, this is the biggest challenge in front of force that to make common man believes that, he or she will be attended at any police station in friendly way. As most of the time people are required to go the any police station for some bad thing has happened to them! And at such times all they need is a friendly smile by the police men & confidence that we are with you, don’t worry & this is very much important as in the common man’s eyes a police-man represents law! And when the police-man says "we are with you", that means law is with them, it’s this confidence which is very much important to maintain Law & Order in the society which is vanishing fast!

And on other side the criminals should be afraid of these very police men which is not happening as otherwise there wouldn’t have been every day road side parked vehicle breaking gangs mushrooming all around the peace loving cultural city like Pune & that’s to just show to common man that, “we are bhai of this area & we rule this city, not the police!” Sometimes as a common man I think even if a common man doesn’t love or believe police is ok but a criminal (read any bad element of the society) must fear police force as the result will be ultimately the society will be at peace! Today any crime may it be a house breaking, chain snatching, shop breaking or even a murder & if the crime get registered (as that is one more gray area) then all that police force demand is CC TV footage & answer you get is we are checking CC TV footage which most of the time is useless! DG Sir, I grew up reading “Dakshata” magazine (in 1980’s) which used to  illustrate investigations of crimes by the very police force & that time CC TV’s were not even invented, yet police used to crack the case! I am not saying don’t use technology but just don’t get crippled without it is what common man expects from the police force. The surest way to assure people about Law-Enforcement is detection of crime & making them see that the criminals gets punished here, despite his contacts or position! And for this make the police force strong on resource front which does include funding as well infrastructure. 

Scene is majority of police stations (leave apart chowkis) don’t even have basic things like good clean toilets for ladies & gents & we are talking about giving gun to every police man & bullet proof jackets! We can involve private sectors, associations of industries like CREDAI or MCHI to join hands for focused CSR activities for police force. Problem is, most senior bureaucrats are afraid of media & allegations it makes for joining hands with private sector (read businessmen) & prefer to turn a blind eye towards the lacuna in infrastructure of police force is a bitter fact & here is where wise man like you can make the difference in taking right decisions for the benefit of the force! If we want results then first we have to provide tools to get the results to these men in khaki & fast, as time is running out. There are some very good people in force, one SP Mr. Amol Tambe arranging marathon for his villagers, then there is Chandrapur SP Ms Niyati Thakur reaching out & trying to make aware people about cyber crime, then Ms Rashmi Shukla introducing Buddy Cop app for women  & SP Suvez Huck trying to get every constable home in Pune & at the same time there are SP, Abhinav Deshmukh & Hari Balaji who believes naxlite problem can be solved not just by guns but making people in Gadchiroli able to live by themselves & many such individuals are in the force! Need is to back up every such good guy in the force & put these individual efforts in-front of public!  Today we are witnessing that the mobs (read common man) all over the Sate taking the law in its own hands to punish few poor beggars, declaring them as criminals & kills them! And no police force is enough when entire society becomes criminal as that day there will be no need of any police force as all we will be left with is Jungle Law!

DG Sir sorry for this sharing if I have offended you but sheer intention was to make you know what a common man thinks about police & yes still most of us respects the khaki wardi & men in it but are afraid even to express it! If a small kid waves at a constable patrolling on road, calling him, “Police Kaka Jay Hind”, then all I want to see is, the Police Kaka waving back & saying proudly “Jay Hind Beta”! All best wishes with lots of expectations…
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Sanjay Deshpande 
Sanjeevani Dev.

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