Infrastructure deficits in the country: Minister of Urban Development

By Accommodation Times News Services

The Minister of Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Mr. Kamal Nath has said that there is a huge infrastructure deficit in the country and nearly 1.2 trillion USD is required to fill this gap. He was addressing the Indo-Dutch seminar on Urban and Regional Planning in Delhi today. Emphasizing the need for Public Private Partnership (PPP), the Minister has added that in the 12th plan, 25 percent of total infrastructure needs will be met through PPP. Currently the PPP model is being applied to water supply, solid waste management and among others but in future the scope of PPP will have to be extended, he said.

Highlighting the role of people in the design of Urban Projects, Mr. Kamal Nath said that PPPP i.e., People Private Public Partnership is the mantra for the future as far as Urban Development is concerned. The Minister said that the Urban Planning should be Long Term extending up to at least 30-50 years as compared to the current 10-20 years. He said that Short Term plans should be an integral part of the Long Term plan and the Short Term plan should be reviewed frequently to adjust to the changing circumstances and requirements.

The Minister for International Trade and Development Cooperation of the Govt. of Netherlands, Ms. Lillian Ploumen said that spatial planning, transport, water management and renewable source of energy should all be combined together for effective urban development. She added that the experience of Netherlands through centuries in this field can be used by India to develop its cities for the future. The Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Dr. Sudhir Krishna emphasized the need of planning in terms of both infrastructure as well as land use and spatial planning.

The workshop aims to develop an Agenda for action in respect of Formulating Guidelines/Norms for undertaking Long Term Plans. This is to be achieved through:-

a) Promoting knowledge network and sharing of best practices amongst key strategic partners.

b) Sensitization of town planners, ULBs, and State TCPDs, and other line departments including private players.

c) Promoting viable PPP for undertaking implementation.

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