Monday, January 27, 2014

28 January 2014: Rethinking Urban Land Use Planning in India

Vaidehi Tandel
University of Mumbai

Planning in Indian cities is under pressure to adapt to the dynamic urban condition but is constrained by the technical and bureaucratic process of master/development plan making. As a result, plans are neither able to adequately meet infrastructure requirements nor address the increasing informalization of shelter and livelihoods in cities. Why don’t Indian cities look like their spatial plans? How does planning respond to informal development? What should be the nature of planning in Indian cities? These are the key questions explored. To illustrate the divergence between spatial plans and actual land use, an empirical study of land use in a suburban area in Mumbai is undertaken and the reasons for this divergence are discussed. We find that master/development plans based on technical principles with micro level detailing are unable to foresee and&n bsp; adapt to the economic dynamics and spatial restructuring in Mumbai and are partly undermined by “occupancy urbanism” (Benjamin 2008). Finally, we articulate a re-thinking of urban planning in India so that plans are better able to reflect the requirements and needs of the citizens. The presentation is based on a co-authored paper by Vaidehi Tandel along with Abhay Pethe, Ramakrishna Nallathiga, and Sahil Gandhi.

Date: January 28, 2014
Time: 03:45 P.M.

Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)


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