The objective of the project is to improve the system of land use planning in India in order to enable and ensure that Indian state planning institutions apply policies and instruments of integrated spatial and land use planning.
These modern planning tools and instruments designed under the project can make land use planning more transparent, and land management more balanced in relation to the ecological, economic, and social aspects. Suggested policies and principles will guide the selected institutions in developing planning mechanisms and tools such as development plans for state, districts and metropolitan areas. This also includes sectoral plans such as eco-sensitive zones, special industrial areas, special economic zones or road requirement plans.
The project will develop standard operating procedures and guidelines for collaboration and interface with different departments within the state for spatial planning. This will also promote inter-sectoral coordination mechanism among various departments at state level, which is an essential prerequisite for integrated land use planning and management.