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Roundtable on a upcoming book on “Urbanisation Trends and Criticality of Urban Land in India”

September 09, 2014 New Delhi

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH through its technical support and ground work in India’s urban sector has gained substantial insight into the issues pertaining to urban land. An empirical study by GIZ in Raipur and Tirupati has highlighted the inequitable distribution of land amongst the urban poor. Similarly experience in municipal solid waste management has showed how land for infrastructure provisioning is always an afterthought in the Indian scenario. These understandings transformed into an idea to publish a book that would be focusing on urban land issues.

Under the aegis of the Indo German Environment Partnership (Programme) of GIZ, Prof. Amitabh Kundu has agreed to edit the book on “Urbanisation Trends and Criticality of Urban Land in India (tentative title) book. He has put together contributions from experts and practitioners representing institutions like University of Delhi, Government of NCT of Delhi, , National Institute of Urban Affairs and School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The various chapters of the book focus on issues related to legal and institutional aspects of urban land, functioning of urban land markets, land acquisition and cite examples from cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

A roundtable was held on September 09, 2014 to deliberate on the above issues. Prof. Kundu, editor of the proposed book, contributory authors, Mr. A.S. Bhal, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Urban Development. Mr. V. Phatak, (Retired) Chief Planner of Mumbai Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), Mumbai participated in this roundtable. The final manuscript for the book is expected to be completed by the October end this year.