Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
A considerable amount of land, even in the heart of the city, is nut being used to the best advantage. Numbers of plots suitable for housing purposes lie vacant, and some are held up either by private owners for a rise in price or by some public authority for future needs. Many other sites are under-developed " in that the type of building is inadequate or unsuited to the present needs of the locality. Large and valuable sites are also occupied by such buildings as the jail and the old asylum, both of which institutions could be advantageously removed outside the city to cheaper and more open sites.
The scarcity of land for building purposes and the high cost of the limited amount at present available in the centre of the city are difficulties which could be considerably modified and reduced if these under-developed areas were properly utilised. On the other hand, the development of new suburbs and the provision of cheap transport facilities must depend on the possibility of extending water and sewerage to outlying areas.