Growing cities and affordable housing
Voice of The Reader

Growing cities and affordable housing

November 8, 2019

Sir,

This refers to the news item “MUDA’s Group Housing Project of 2017 awaiting Govt. nod” (Star of Mysore dated Nov. 4). Providing decent, affordable housing is a  challenge, especially in growing cities, with demand far exceeding supply. The population in our city has grown fourfold and the chase to own a ‘dream house’ is no less intense. Group housing will mitigate this problem to some extent, as scarce land is unaffordable for many.

Efficient land use and converting under-utilised urban land for affordable housing is important. Agencies like MUDA, City Corporation and Karnataka Housing Board should think of building 3 to 4 storied flats after demolishing stand-alone single unit government quarters/properties, mostly dilapidated, which have served their purpose.

Star of Mysore had published my letter sometime back where I had written about the Police Quarters in Jalapuri, for example, which are constantly under repair. Tax-payers’ money is simply wasted every now and then on these houses. A good number of government servants can be additionally accommodated if such housing projects are undertaken.

‘Land hoarding’ should be completely discouraged. No concrete efforts have been taken by the authorities to take back some 50,000 sites lying vacant, allotted more than ten years ago and being unutilised by the allottees who have violated the rules. These sites can be allotted to those who are wait-listed.

Procrastination from the authorities is deadly and will not help people in their efforts to own a house and be happy!

– Mubasher Mirza , Bannimantap ‘C’ Layout, 5.11.2019

You can also mail us your views, opinions, and stories to [email protected]

ABOUT

Mysuru’s favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 41 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it’s readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans.

CONTACT

Academy News Papers Private Limited, Publishers, Star of Mysore & Mysuru Mithra, 15-C, Industrial ‘A’ Layout, Bannimantap, Mysuru-570015. Phone no. – 0821 249 6520

To advertise on Star of Mysore, email us at

Online Edition: [email protected]
Print Editon: [email protected]
For News/Press Release: [email protected]