23 MAY,2021 | MEDC
Covid has shown us that a better use of all available public land (especially in urban areas) can aidsocioeconomic resilience. Where the value of a piece of land when developed (as against its value in current use) exceeds its amenity value in current use plus the cost of providing it the needed infrastructure, development should not only be allowed, but mandated. This necessitates an accurate and unbiased valuation process, trusted by all stakeholders. It is not realistic to expect the government to do this. But they can simplify the system to facilitate movement in that direction. Further, housing should be not just affordable, it should also provide a minimum standard of living to the local community. This is especially true in urban areas as compared to rural areas, where it is more difficult to enforce social distancing norms. The pandemichas highlighted the need to radically reform urban planning.
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