26 Mar 2004, 0000 hrs IST, Sauvik Chakraverti
Gerhardt von Hoffman was in charge of the privatisation of the properties of the East German government in
In his Utopia, he said, the state would be constitutionally required to rent properties. That alone would yield an efficient real estate market. After meeting Gerhardt, a new vision unfolded in my mind, a realisation that we could also privatise state property.
This vision seizes me every time I am in , for in
How can the privatisation of state property yield
Shifting the Capital out of
I propose that it be used to shore up the city's transport infrastructure. Let 20 250-km-long eight-laned expressways emerge as 'spokes' from Brand New Delhi and connect all the surrounding towns so that a vast amount of space is opened up for residence and commerce. For example: One spoke to
Let Brand New Delhi be such a city.
The is not on the route plan of the metro. What about the grand
If enough people talk about these ideas, then only will we be able to say that their time has come. As a lesson for the future, let us now be very careful about how much property we allow the state to accumulate. Here's to a lean state and a lean government unobtrusively performing its chosen tasks well. Let the state be in a small government town and let every city blossom. As the poet put it: "Into such a haven of freedom, my Lord, let my country awake!"