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Roundtable on “Landuse Planning in India: A Dialogue”

October 16, 2014, New Delhi

With the increasing urbanisation India needs to revisit the way its cities are planned and developed. There is an urgent need to assess the requirements of cities in India and its citizens and optimise use of land resources. In order to facilitate exchange of ideas and learning on urban planning between India and Germany, a roundtable on “Landuse Planning in India: A Dialogue” was organised by the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi on October 16, 2014 in collaboration with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The honourable guests for the roundtable were Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland from TU Berlin, Germany, Sh. Vinod Sakle, Director, DDA, New Delhi, Dr. P. Jayapal, Senior Executive Director, HUDCO, New Delhi and Smt. Shirley Ballaney, Executive Director, EPC, Ahmedabad. Officials from GIZ and faculty members of SPA, New Delhi attended the roundtable. Prof. Chetan Vaidya, Director, SPA, New Delhi welcomed the participants followed by introductory remarks by Ms. Aparna Das, Senior Advisor, GIZ.  Prof. Dr. Stefan Heiland then gave a presentation on the German Planning System and explained the linkages between spatial planning, environmental assessment and agriculture policy in Germany. In the end he highlighted the major learning from the German Planning System.  Prof. Dr. P.S.N. Rao then spoke about the Indian Planning System and emphasised on the need to orient the norms with the changing scenario in India. This was followed by short presentations on Delhi and Gujarat and how these states have managed their land for development.

The roundtable concluded with a round of fruitful discussion amongst the participants on the knowledge shared during the session and a vote of thanks from Prof. Rao.

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