Challenges for a Mega City (Delhi a Planned City with Unplanned Growth)

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  • Author :U.S. Jolly
  • Year of Publication :2010
  • ISBN: :9788180696664
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XVI, 312
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Geography, Urban Studies

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About the Book :

This book attempts to examine the challenges that a Mega City like Delhi is set to face. Describing the growth and development of Delhi, it takes a close look at the unplanned growth of the city, mushrooming of unauthorized colonies, regularization of unauthorized colonies and resettlement of squatters. It also addresses the issues concerning land protection, management of urban land, preservation of Yamuna, traffic management, and institutional partnership for urban infrastructure. The author stresses that we cannot miraculously transform the city from its present state by merely providing more infrastructure. Psyche and the mindset of the people must change. Improved infrastructure in terms of water, power, sewerage, road net-work, transportation system, educational and health-care alone cannot make it a class city. There needs to be change in attitude and thinking of the residents. The book takes the humane approach towards the National Capital and suggests that administration must be responsive. Delhictes need to exhibit sincere commitment and only then we can look for, and find in Delhi The Mega City, a city of hope, aspirations and opportunities.

About Author :

U.S. Jolly was Principal Commissioner in the Delhi Development Authority. He was invited twice, in 1980 and then again in 1988 to the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom under the Colombo Plan for Professional Studies on Management of Urban Development and Management of Urban Renewal. He has wide experience of more than 35 years in Urban Development and as Head of the Department of Lands and Housing. Large scale acquisition of land in major project areas of Dwarka, Rohini and Narela was done during his tenure. He was associated with large scale Urban Renewal Programme in Delhi involving Resettlement of 2.4 lakh families. His contribution in conducting land use survey of the institutions in the ridge area and removal of encroachings from the central and southern ridge during 1995 and 1996 was appreciated by the Supreme Court of India. The author has been the recipient of many awards including Honest Officer in 1998, Outstanding Achiever in 2001, Best Services Performance Award in 2002, Ambassador of Peace Award and Award of Excellence in 2007. He has contributed a good number of papers in professional journals and magazines on urban development, housing, slum upgradation, environment and development, urban sustainability, traffic and transportation and values in administration. Also he has participated in various national and international conferences and seminars on urban development, human settlement and administrative values. Presently he is associated with AMDA as Adviser (Capacity Building).