ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Urban Planning at Crossroads

Urban Planning at Crossroads Amitabh Kundu AFTER three decades of planned development in a mixed economy, a new understanding seems to have dawned on the Indian planning scene. Planners and policy-makers at the highest levels have suddenly come to realise the difficulties of "substituting the decisions of thousands of people as they live, work and play in a city by the decisions of any omini- cient planning authority". One of the Task Forces set up by the Planning Commission has admitted: "We simply do not know enough to do it efficiently". The simmering discontent and dissatisfaction regarding the efficacy of planned resource allocation in various sectors of the economy, specially urban development, has suddenly burst out in the open. The government machinery with its accum- mulated experience of the past thirty years is now ready to concede the supriority of market forces in providing the right kinds of checks and incentives for the economic system and is willing to impose "limits to its own planning efforts".

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