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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 894
ANSWERED ON:  02.12.2021
Expansion of Urban Settlements
Achyutananda Samanta
Will the Minister of



HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-


(a) whether the NITI Ayog in its recent report, ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’ has stated that 65 per cent of the 7933 urban settlements in the country do not have any master plan and if so, the details thereof;
(b) the steps taken by the Government to make sure that there is planned growth and expansion of all urban settlements;
(c) whether there are enough qualified town planners in the country and if so, the details thereof;
(d) if not, the steps taken by the Government to increase the number of town planners; and
(e) whether the Government proposes to integrate urban planning with other relevant national schemes such as Atmanirbhar Bharat, Smart Cities, AMRUT etc. and if not, the reasons therefor?


ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS
(SHRI KAUSHAL KISHORE)

(a): Yes, Sir. NITI Aayog’s reporton ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’ has stated that 65% of the 7933 urban settlements do not have any master plan. The status of master plan preparation in Statutory towns and Census towns is given at the ANNEXURE.

(b): Urban planning is a State subject and it is the responsibility of the States/ Union Territories (UT) to prepare and enforce master plans for planned development of urban settlements. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, however, supplements the efforts of States /UTs through policy and programme interventions. The sub-scheme on Formulation of GIS based Master Plans is being funded under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme of the Ministryfor preparation of GIS bases master plans of the 500 AMRUT cities. Similarly, sub-scheme on Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Planning Scheme (TPS) is also being implemented under AMRUT in 25 cities.
Preparation of GIS based Master plans for class II towns having population between 50,000 to 99,999 as per census 2011 has been taken as one of the reformsunder AMRUT 2.0 scheme which has been launched on 01 October, 2021. Also, under AMRUT 2.0 reforms, sub-scheme on LAP and TPS has been envisaged in select cities targeting optimum land utilization.

(c): and (d): Presently, 7,276 Town Planners are registered with Institute of Town Planners, India. Ministry has advised the State Governments and UT Administrations to fill all thevacant posts of Town Planners. Ministry has circulated recruitment rules of Town and Country Planning Organization (TCPO), a technical organization of the Ministry, to the State Governments and UT Administrations for their adoption to recruit the qualified town planners.

(e): Several components of urban planning are parts of AMRUT, AMRUT 2.0, Smart City Mission and other Missions /Schemes being implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

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