suggestions and comments for improving urban India: (I'm
not looking at a quickfix for existing urban problems. I'm looking
at growth of cities in next twenty years. Also, this plan wouldnot prevent
fixing our exisiting cities)
Tier-II city and Tier-III city must have at least one well-planned
satellite town. The development must be undertaken in EACH state.
This will create about 100 to 200 satellite towns in India.
corridor to be developed end-to-end.
corridor to be developed (Apart from “Maha Mumbai”)
corridor to be developed
must be expanded further to decongest Delhi.
have no idea about Kolkata, I’m unable to suggest for Kolkata
about my suggestion are available below.
Why Satellite towns are needed?
of the existing cities are having infrastructure problems.
Adding extra burden will lead to further deterioration of the
existing main cities will involve clearing many hurdles and the
marginal utility of such improvement will be low.
cities will continue to grow in unplanned manner due to lack of
control. Also the inherent design and planning of the main
cities are bad, which cannot be altered now.
decongest the main city, yet allow the people to stay near the
towns will absorb new emigrants and preventing the emigration of
present population, by providing better conditions and new
create new commercial zones and provide new avenues for
set new and better standards of living and socio-economic
rural areas will see greater growth.
growth can be stimulated without the growth of quality of urban
life. When urban life improves faster with the help of satellite
towns, the growth will start showing “ripple” effect.
would be the goals of designing satellite towns?
of “planned” satellite town must be at least one-third of
that of main city and must be at least 5 to 10 kms away from the
and drainage facility must be planned first and built before
landscape for each town a must. Environmental concerns must be
taken care of. The town must be “Greenery-friendly”.
must be planned to suit the needs of the town.
town must be self-sufficient in terms of education,
health services, religion, sports, and entertainment
infrastructure. Utilities like electricity, water must be
promptly available to each resident in the town
Low cost housing and medium cost housing
disaster management plans.
would be the “model” of development?
Mumbai can serve as a model of development.
town can develop into a good twin city within 10 to 15 years.
Fund should be from Central government and the state should add
the fund for the development of one autonomous body (like CIDCO
of Navi Mumbai) for each town. Training the relevant authorities
can be sought from CIDCO.
State must start every development agency (like CIDCO)
immediately on obtaining the seed fund.
development agency must make the “progress sheet” public on
a quarterly basis.
of agricultural land from development.
Forest cover and agricultural land must be kept away from damage
of scattered land.
Proper mechanisms must be applied to prevent misuse.
and corruption must not hamper growth.
To infuse competition, all the developmental activities must be
open to small and big builders, contractors and suppliers. More
competition means lesser corruption.
“Seed” fund must be large enough to kick-off developmental
activity. Sustainable developmental models must be designed to
meet further requirements.
developmental activity near urban areas would give migrant rural
population more jobs, thereby creating better environment. Also,
many cities are scattered in the middle of the states, thus,
creating more jobs throughout the state. There would no
concentration of job in any particular region of a state.