Center sets up a high-level committee for urban planning reforms | Latest India News
NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has appointed a high-level panel of experts to recommend the urban planning reforms proposed in this year’s Union budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
According to the order issued by the ministry on May 31 seen by HT, the committee will work with states and union territories to identify planning gaps, develop short and long-term measures, and also publish state- or UT-specific reports. outlining the way forward to strengthen urban planning.
The 10-member committee is headed by former president of Sabarmati Riverfront Development Corporation, Keshav Varma, and another six-member team has been assembled to assist the committee.
The committee includes Senior Economic Advisor Sanjeev Sanyal, NITI Advisor Aayog Kundan Kumar, Srinivas Chary (Director of Center for Urban Governance, Environment, Energy and Infrastructure Development at Administrative Staff College of India) , Additional Secretary of MoHUA D Thara, School of Planning and Director of Architecture PSN Rao among others.
The six-member team includes urban development experts from CEPT and the private sector.
R Srinivas, town planner and town planner, said the Town and Country Planning Organization (TCPO) will assist the committee.
“It was one of the major announcements in this year’s budget. Over the next two decades, nearly half of the country’s population will live in urban areas. It is important to strengthen urban infrastructure for which it is essential that cities identify gaps in urban infrastructure and plan accordingly,” he said.
According to the order, the high-level committee will be required to produce state/UT-specific reports, and each member will be responsible for two states or UTs.
“Experts will engage with States and UTs to uncover the existing urban planning scenario, identification of gaps, and measurable actions that can be taken within a given time frame – short (5 years), medium (10 years ) and long-term (20 years). A state-specific report is to be released, clearly outlining what needs to be done in the state to strengthen city planning,” the order reads.
State-specific studies will be funded under the Atal mission of the Center for Urban Rejuvenation and Transformation (AMRUT 2.0).
The committee will also carry out a gap analysis by assessing the status of implementation of the recommendations of the previous committees, suggest measures to solve the problems related to the preparation of the master plans in the cities, develop a roadmap to bring about the reforms town planning in the States, etc.