Capacity building key issue in urban planning, to be part of HLC report

Author: Yuvi August 5, 2022

Capacity building key issue in urban planning, to be part of HLC report

Establishment of institutions to formulate programs to train urban planners, amendment of cadre rules in cities to employ urban planners, setting up of a separate Public Service Commission for urban planners – these are some of the recommendations that are part of the report which are to be prepared and presented. High Level Committee of Urban Planners (HLC) constituted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

At the first National Conference on Urban Planning organized by HLC in Ahmedabad last week, capacity building in urban planning emerged as one of the most urgent issues to be addressed.

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“Out of 8,000 cities, 50 per cent of these do not have any plans. All cities should get the benefit of urban planners, for which HLC is emphasizing on capacity building as one of the key issues to be covered in its report,” HLC President Keshav Verma told The Indian Express.

During the discussion on capacity building in the National Conference, it was revealed that at present there are 49 institutes with 1300 postgraduate and 550 undergraduate seats. Therefore, suggestions were made to increase the capacity.

Suggestions were made in the conclave to set up a Department of Planning and Public Policy for demand based short term programs along with post graduate degrees on rural area planning in central universities.

According to Verma, hiring professionals is the first basic step in capacity building because hiring qualified candidates in other areas for planning projects can lead to inefficiencies that require institutions to train professionals.

“There is a need to change the cadre rules in cities to employ urban planners. Urban planning need not be the domain of government planners. Also, other professionals should be equally involved like foresters, hydrologists, irrigation experts and urban economists,” he said.

He had suggested during the conclave that there should be a brainstorming for setting up a Public Service Commission like UPSC for urban planners.

Strengthening academia is one of the key areas of HLC to prepare more urban planners in future, existing vacancies have also been identified.

Kundan Kumar Advisor NITI Aayog informed that out of 4,000 sanctioned seats in the government sector, 42 per cent are vacant as of 2021 and 50 per cent posts in Syama Prasad Mookerjee Rurban Mission (SPMRM) are also vacant. Amendment in recruitment and recruitment rules.

The report, to be presented after the second National Conference to be held in Srinagar in the month of October, will also lay emphasis on how to implement green town planning schemes.

“None of the TP plans to build water channel routes, flood control reservoirs and cut mature trees are very prevalent at the moment, other issues to be taken into account. While green spaces are our priority, these are fragmented or Not in patches but in a mixed green cover. We need green cities, for which world-class planners from Japan, South Korea and Singapore should be consulted.

Further, Verma said that the HLC is going to recommend coordination between the civic bodies and the traffic police which are currently “working in isolation”.

5 August, 2022, 2:36 am

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