New Delhi, April 22: Terming the Covid-19 crisis as a wake-up call, Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group, on Monday slammed the housing policies under which slums are moved from one location to the another.
Speaking at a webinar, Tata said, “For the first time, the close proximity and low value structures that we have built are the cause of new problems. The last few months have taught us that we’re suffering from close proximity”.
“The corona issue is a wake-up call of what beholds us and what our concern is as it turns around us and holds us back. I think there should be a re-examination of what we consider to have acceptable standards in terms of quality of life. Perhaps there ought to be a revision in terms of the fact that we are dealing with communities, we’re dealing with populations that need to be a part of new India,” he underlined.
On the issue of slums being relocated, Ratan Tata said, “We just go to affordable housing, slum elimination. We’re trying to remove slums by moving them to another location, high value housing is being put over there. Slums are the residue; we’re building a vertical slum.
“For the first time, the close proximity, low value structures that we have built are the cause of new problems. The last few months have taught us that we’re suffering from close proximity. We have the image we want to project of ourselves and there’s a part we want to hide. We have social responsibilities as architects and builders.”