Consultation on Cities - Can Our Cities Survive

June 2006
Presented by: 
Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, Jamia Milia Islamia, International Association for Humane Habitat (IAHH), Indian Institute of Architects, Northern Chapter and Greha
New Delhi

Seminar organized by

  • Faculty of Architecture & Ekistics, Jamia Millia Islamia
  • International Association for Humane Habitat(IAHH)
  • Indian institute of Architects(IIA) Northern Chapter

 1. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is a double - edged sword. On one hand it has the potential to improve our cities ; on the other it can destroy the livability and human character of the great and historic cities of our nation.

 In the case of Mumbai, urban transport infrastructure 'improvements' of the last decade need to be analyzed , specially in the context of the disastrous floods of 25th July 2005

  2. The definition/norms of what constitutes urban infrastructure are questionable.

Social equity and environmental sustainability should be key determinants in arriving at norms/standards for urban renewal.

  3. Urban planning needs to start at the neighborhood level - as indicated by the 74th Constitutional amendment.

The process of generating Master Plans for urban development needs to be restructured in the light of the above.

  4. The institutions of the State for urban governance need to be complemented by citizens' initiatives at the grass root level to ensure a good fit between planning and implementation.

Urban renewal by citizens is the key to a sustainable and humane urban environment.