Recently Hon. Central Housing Minister made a statement that its high time that the FSI ( Floor Space Index) of majority of the cities of the country needs to be increased to accommodate more & more people migrating in the cities. Its’ probably the first time any ruling minister have openly quoted about sensitive issue of FSI like that! The mere thought can make the developers & land lords go merry whereas the same thought can give jitters to most of the NGO's , Environmentalists! I think in last 2 or 3 decades the most popular term must be “FSI” after the term “Bofors” which got infamous after the scandal of buying the Guns of that company by Govt then, such is the power these three letters carries. Agreed still more than 70% population of this country lives in villages but the picture is changing fast. As I have repeatedly mentioned villages are becoming towns & towns are becoming cities & cities getting turned in to Metros. Reason for this may be any but we can’t deny the facts & figures. This is good or bad, well I am not the authority on that but what to do with this continuous flow of population towards the urban cities is the question! Quite a funny lot we are as a society, as when ever it’s as important issue as FSI, we allow our hearts to rule our brains! As the famous writer says it’s high time now to think in which direction we are moving especially on FSI front when its urban development .
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