Understanding Indias New Approach to Spatial Planning and Development: A Salient Shift?

ISBN : 9780199472642

Sanjeev Vidyarthi; Shishir Mathur; Sandeep Agrawal
298 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
May 2017
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Is there a political and economic struggle when it comes to spatial development and planning of India's urban and rural landscapes? This book brings together the ongoing shift in India's approach to spatial planning and development in line with changes in the country's polity. Taking the regime change in the early 1990s as a point of departure, it focuses on transformations in the distinct, but interrelated, domains of infrastructure finance and development, local spatial planning practice, and on-the-ground empirical outcomes. Instead of covering large cities-such as Kolkata, Mumbai, and Delhi-that dominate the discourse on urban India, the authors pay close attention to fine-grained aspects of the shift away from the well-theorized Nehruvian planning and development model. The innovative approach helps illustrate how the tensions between democratic and market-oriented impulses shape India's existing and emergent settlements in a manner that could be uneven and largely invisible while drawing out useful insights for scholars and practitioners working in the field.


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List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction: Tracking India's new approach to spatial planning and development
2 Post-Independence Infrastructure Development and Finance Initiatives
3 Innovative Infrastructure Funding Mechanisms: Use of Impact Fee, Public-Private Partnership, and Sale of Development Rights to Fund Infrastructure
4 Marginal Shifts or Significant Changes? Tracking Jaipur's Three Master Plans: 1971-2025
5 Learning by Doing: Urban planning in Bangalore - Neha Sami
6 Rethinking the Rural (and the Urban)
7 High-density Rural Regions: A tale of three villages in India
8 Spatiality, Governance, and Development Imaginations of SEZs in India - Sudheshna Mishra
9 Concluding Suggestions
About the Authors and Contributors

About the author: 

Sanjeev Vidyarthi is an associate professor of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois, Chicago.; Shishir Mathur is an Associate Dean (Research), College of Social Sciences, and a professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department at San Jose State University.; Sandeep K. Agrawal is a professor and Inaugural Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Alberta.

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