This interview was published in Mint on 5 January, 2014 and can be read here
Dr Partha Mukhopadhyay, Senior Fellow, CPR spoke to Mint journalist Aparna Piramal Raje about the economic forces that shape cities, the impact of local politics on urban development, the role of market forces and policy and the idea of sustainable rent seeking behaviour.
“There is nothing wrong in the fundamental viability of the place, but there needs to be some coordination for movement to take place. The bigger problem is the fact that we don’t know as to which direction to move in, that remains. We still are left with a meta-problem—that we don’t know where to go, because we don’t know in which way economic activity or social activity will be organized in the world 50 years later because there are climate issues, manufacturing issues, 3D printing.
“The future is complex. In order to get anywhere, you have to move, and if enough people are moving in enough directions, then some of them will hopefully reach the right point. And if that is recognized, then the world will move to some kind of place. Whichever direction you go in, you need the planner to shape that story. You had created a city for an industrial world, it worked for 100 years. Now we need to set balls rolling in different directions. It’s not enough to say that all we need is a bunch of planners.”
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