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

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Town Planning Machinery Enquiry into Staffing Adequacy

Globally, planners play a vital role in planning liveable, sustainable and resilient cities. In the Indian context, planners and planning need to be placed at the heart of our development process. By undermining our states' town planning machinery and shunning town planners from the task of planning our cities, we, in turn, risk undermining the potential benefits of such programmes to urban India.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development reviewed the subject of town and country planning in India on 19 April 2016 wherein the state of staffing and recruitment processes of the state town and country planning departments (TCPDs) was a distinct topic. The Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO) of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India has recently reviewed its recruitment processes for town planners. It has brought in necessary amendments that are in tune with the demands of a rapidly urbanising India and also considered the evolving contours of the urban planning workforce in the country. This study offers relevant insights into the state of staffing of town planners in state TCPDs and highlights potential areas for improvements.

The axis of global economy continues to shift southward. India is projected to take over the United States (US) as the world’s second largest economy in purchasing power parity terms by 2050 (PwC 2015). Urbanisation in India will double over the same period both as cause and consequence, concordant with the postulates of classical urban economics (Brueckner 2011).1 Managing the influx of over 400 million people in existing and future urban areas engenders a challenge of unprecedented scale for a country that has focused on rural development for the larger part of its post-independence history.2 Yet, the potential implications of failure to address this challenge assume cataclysmic proportions as cities remain the underrated key to the global struggle for reducing carbon emissions (Bloomberg 2015; Erickson and Tempest 2015).

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