Rapid implementations of TP schemes encourage people’s participation in town planning schemes

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A first of its kind book ‘Town Planning Scheme – A Tool for Making Planning  Work for City Development’-  unveiled by Noted Architect Bimal Patel
 
Bilkulonline.com, Ahmedabad, February 6: The Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers & architects (GICEA) and Institute of Town Planners (ITP), India with the support of city-based Real Estate Studies & Management Academy (RESMA)- a non-profit organization imparting training to those associated with Real Estate industry, today unveiled a first-of-its-kind book on the niche and undocumented subject of Town planning titled ‘Town Planning Scheme – A Tool for Making Planning Work for City Development’.
 
The book, authored by Narendra K. Patel, former town planner of AUDA and Vice President of Institute of Town Planners (ITP), India was launched at AMA, Ahmedabad by chief guest Eminent Architect and President, CEPT University, Shri Bimal Patel, in the presence of Member of Parliament and former Chairman of AUDA,  Surendra Patel, Rajesh Raval, a prominent town planners and Er. Bhargav H Desai, President, Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers and Architects (GICEA),  Kamlesh Modi, Secretary (GICEA),  Vatsal Patel and many other dignitaries.
Unvieling of the Town planning book at AMA
 
Speaking on the occasion, the author,  Narendra K. Patel who is also the founder of Real Estate Studies & Management Academy (RESMA) and Chairman of Gujarat’s Premier Real Estate Company Sun Builders Group said, “ Rapid urbanization is a challenge for the administration. India is urbanizing rapidly, and it becomes critical that our cities are planned, serviced and developed for efficiency and sustainability. However, the tools that are currently used for urban planning such as land acquisition and development through public agencies, have major limitations. The Town Planning Scheme, used in Gujarat successfully since 1915, has a significant potential for sustainable urban expansion.
 
It was the need for a comprehensive book explaining the Town Planning Scheme in terms of concept, process, legal interpretations, applications and the advantages/flexibility in the application”.
 
On the occasion, Surendra Patel, Former Chairman of AUDA, said 
“Rapid implementations of TP schemes encourage people’s participation in town planning schemes. People’s participation and win-win attitude are important in developing contemporary towns.” 
 
Bimal Patel, Eminent Architect, and President CEPT said, “Gujarat is the only state which has implemented Development Planning (DP) to nearly 100% or more, this is due to the successful two-stage planning of DP and TP to execute the same. Narendra Patel has done a good job by penning down this book thereby creating a process document; It is a useful reference and learning book for stakeholders as well as students”
“Quick decisions make a huge difference in TP schemes”, speaking on the occasion Mr. Rajesh Rawal, Vice President, ITP, also said that ”In last one year the State Government has approved 100 TP schemes which will pave the way for rapid urban development” 
“The book also assumes significance in view of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India’s recently announced separate “Pilot on Formulation of Local Area Plan and Town Planning Scheme (LAP and TPS)” under the name ATAL MISSION FOR REJUVENATION AND URBAN TRANSFORMATION (AMRUT) giving importance to undertaking the planning exercise at the local level” added Mr Narendra Patel.
 
The effort by Narendra K. Patel, popularly known as NK amongst colleagues, friends, the town planning professionals and real estate developer community, is to present, in the form of a book, comprehensively explaining the Town Planning Scheme in terms of: the concept, process, legal interpretations, applications and the advantages and disadvantages. 
 
This book brings the perspectives from techno-legal, administrative, participation of land owner and real estate market perspective, with illustrations using real-life examples, court cases etc., Written in simple language, the effort is to disseminate the success story of the town planning scheme mechanism of Gujarat as an effective tool for bringing about non-agricultural land for urban uses with full urban infrastructure facilities and amenities through democratic, equitable, self-financing and participatory processes. The town planning professionals, planning/urban, students, administrators, land owners, real-estate developers, and other stakeholders would get new insights into the TPS mechanism.
 
About the Author:
A gold medalist in post-graduation in Urban Planning from CEPT, Narendra K. Patel is a noted Civil Engineer and Urban Planner. Having worked in the public sector with the Town Planning Department, Govt. of Gujarat and Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority for two decades, he moved to the private sector to take up real estate development. He has contributed to the development of town planning and civil engineering professions as the vice chairman/ chairman of professional bodies – Institute of Town Planners India, New Delhi Gujarat Institute of Civil Engineers & Architects, and Gujarat Institute of Housing & estate development. He is also a visiting faculty at CEPT University, Nirma University, and Anant National University.