Mapping Mumbai’s future: the big questions4 min read 02 May 2018, 10:03 PM IST
The infrastructure and housing issues the Mumbai Development Plan addresses must be allied to a larger vision of the city's future
After Singapore gained nationhood in 1965, Lee Kuan Yew is said to have held Kolkata up as a role model for the new city-state. It is likely an apocryphal story, but telling for all of that. Even in its decline, the former first city of India could plausibly be considered worthy of emulation by a leader who would go on to become the high priest of the Asian tiger economies. Lee’s fancy, presumably, didn’t last very long once Kolkata’s rot truly set in. Over the course of a few decades, India’s economic nerve centre of two centuries’ standing would fade into near irrelevance. Is there a lesson here for its successor, Mumbai?