'Rural migration to cities is justified'

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Justice JS Verma
New Delhi, Jul 25: Speaking at Convention on City Development: Sustainability & Legal Interface, hon"ble Mr. J S Verma, Former Chief Justice of India said city planning calls for close association to a citizen"s perspective and therefore government should actively participate to bring in transparency and accountability to the system.

He justified the rural migration into the urban spaces citing the lack of infrastructure and services available in the rural areas. Developers and planners should ensure that essence of equity in usage of land is maintained, he said.

Congratulating Dr. E Sreedharan, Managing Director DMRC on successfully leading Delhi's mass transit system, Justice J S Verma maintained the relevance of judicial review on cabinet decisions.

The event jointly organized by the Bar Association of India, CII – ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development and the Society of Indian Law Firms was also graced by Mr. Fali S Nariman, President, Bar Association of India and Senior Advocate, Supreme Court; Mr. Lalit Bhasin, Chairman CII National Committee on Legal Affairs, President, SILF, General Secretary BAI and Managing Partner, Bhasin & Co. and Ms. Seema Arora, Principal Counsellor & Head CII–ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development.

While MR Nariman pointed out that it is quintessential to have an independent municipal ombudsman for all the major cities as an effective watch dog of city development; expressed the need for integrating sustainability into city planning, evaluating the city"s transport and securing cities.

Ms Arora said that to bridge the interface between sustainability and law the role of citizen and spirit of law is necessary. She went on to say that this was the way to catalyze change and strengthen pride in a citizen.

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