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Report on Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India by NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog launched a report on measures to ramp up urban planning capacity in India.

Report Title:

The report, titled ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’, was released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO Shri Amitabh Kant and Special Secretary Dr K. Rajeswara Rao.

Advisory Committee:

NITI Aayog had constituted an Advisory Committee on ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Education in India’ in October 2020.

The Committee has concluded its mandate with this report.

Developed by:

The report has been developed by NITI Aayog, in consultation with concerned ministries and eminent experts in the domain of urban and regional planning.


The report comprises a set of recommendations on various aspects of urban planning—such as interventions for planning healthy cities, optimum utilization of urban land, ramping up human-resource capacities, strengthening urban governance, building local leadership, enhancing the role of private sector, and advancing the urban planning education system.

Highlights of Report on Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity:

» India is home to 11% of the total global urban population. By 2027, India will surpass China as the most populous country in the world.

The report makes several recommendations that can unblock bottlenecks in the value chain of urban planning capacity in India.

Some of them are:

  • Programmatic Intervention for Planning of Healthy Cities
  • Programmatic Intervention for Optimum Utilization of Urban Land
  • Ramping Up of Human Resources
  • Ensuring Qualified Professionals for Undertaking Urban Planning
  • Re-engineering of Urban Governance
  • Revision of Town and Country Planning Acts
  • Demystifying Planning and Involving Citizens
  • Steps for Enhancing the Role of Private Sector
  • Steps for Strengthening Urban Planning Education System
  • Measures for Strengthening Human Resource and Match Demand–Supply
Official Link to Download Full Report

Source: PIB

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