Panel Paper: Making Cities Sustainable: From Planning to Implementation (A Policy Perspective)

Friday, July 20, 2018
Building 3, Room 210 (ITAM)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Ginisha Dewani, National Institute of Technology

Cities are the centres of growth, innovation and dynamism. Being the epicentre of opportunities, it is enticing huge population since last few years, which in turn accelerated the process of urbanisation. Urbanisation is inevitable. The developing nations are facing crises of unsustainable urban planning. Urban planning and public participation is not a new idea. But a thoughtful look is to be given to the process of a policy being framed by administrators and the loopholes which act as hurdles in making cities sustainable and liveable. The contemporary major encounters involve longing traffic jams, inefficient use of public spaces, incompetent infrastructure, inappropriate funding and its utilization, corruption practiced in garbage management, lack of monitoring on water supply system. Improper planning become a menace instead of assuring convenience for the commuters. Cities lacks bye laws for tackling the infringement of any Master Plan. The present scenario calls for an improved connect, communication and engagement with the people and making the administration accountable. The policy framework should be there on the actual platform with efficient Mayors, City Planners and Technicians with defined duties. Better planning, good quality trunk infrastructure, robust recycling technologies, and sustainable solutions to the problems of urban mobility are need of an hour. The urban areas all over, are linked with each other with some key common points. The policy makers needs to connect these dots, adopt and mould them according to their desired local variations and finally develop new model of cities focusing on right to city for everyone.