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Objective of the Workshop

     The objective of the Sectoral Workshop was to bring together the various representatives of the industry and have them deliberate on the key sectoral challenges, the possible solutions and the key sectoral Vision for 2025.  
Time & Date:             10:30 – 16:35 Hours, 22nd September, 2017
Venue:                      JW Marriot, Bangalore
Mode of Meeting:      Focused
Anchored By:            Center for Study of Science, Technology & Policy, CSTEP

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

Urban Infrastructure

  • Capacity of organisations and convergence of programmes are the two key issues hampering the success of existing programmes.
  • There is need to articulate ‘Strategic Urbanisation’ to remove the negative connotation associated with urbanisation. This would also mean shifting toward an ‘Incentivisation-led urbanism’.
  • Need to address both statutory and structural problems in various urban sectors including overall urban planning practices. This would include revision of old acts and policies, as well as altering hiring policies in urban sector organisations (such as full time + lateral entry)
  • An ‘outside to inside’ approach is needed where success of pilots in smaller towns can be replicated in parts of bigger cities like Bangalore. More action-based plan documents are needed, which are mandated to build contextualised scenarios.
  • A more realistic planning and implementation paradigm needs to be practiced
  • More pro-active planning for urban disasters are required instead of only response mechanisms
  • A mechanism to complete feedback loop in the planning- implementation process- monitoring and evaluation process is required
  • Vision of urban development needs to take into account the speed of urbanisation happening in tier-II cities
  • Preserving natural ecosystem should be made a priority and the ‘Not-in-my-backyard’ approach needs to change. Making an economic case for ecologically-sensitive planning is necessary. This needs to be secured through a state-level framework and urban-metabolism approach
  • Data-mapping and making correlation between different data-sets can give vital clues in taking urban decisions
  • Need to better understand and address inter-city linkages and development corridors, which propel urbanisation in large regions
  • ULBs should be given power to expand themselves
  • Higher densities are an advantage of Indian cities and the same needs to be exploited thoughtfully
  • The vision document should address three major components of planning, i.e., physical, human and financial planning. Role of technology is an important aspect in the physical part. It is important to look at both demand and supply side separately while planning for urban sector programmes. Budget allocation should be made according to both physical and human infrastructure availability
  • Need for a data-sharing policy, inter-operability of databases and departmental coordination
  • Need to better understand urban-vulnerability and migration patterns
  • Need to have better institutional ownerships instead of champion-led processes
  • Need for incremental shift in tracking better applicable indicators to measure sector performance
  • Need to capture and address informality; better data can play a vital role. There is need for incentivising crowd-sourced, private data collection for urban areas which can help track informality

 

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