Author : Rumi Aijaz

GP-ORF SeriesPublished on May 01, 2015 PDF Download
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India’s Urbanisation Experiences

This second GP-ORF volume, authored by Rumi Aijaz, discusses key urban challenges facing India, and directions the country could take to absorb and manage future growth. Five aspects responsible for achieving sustainable urbanisation are reviewed: Urban population trends, implementation of master plans, housing for the urban poor, solid waste management and the need for smart cities. The analysis is based on a review of secondary sources as well as the workshops cum discussions organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) with the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) during 2013-14 in New Delhi. India’s leading scholars, practitioners and interest groups participated in the workshops and discussed ideas about how future urban policies and strategies should be shaped.


  • Note from the Chair – Harsh Sethi
  • Introduction
  • Trends in Urban Population and Policy Issues
  • Effective Implementation of Master Plans
  • Affordable and Liveable Housing for Slum Dwellers and the Urban Poor
  • Improving accountability in Management of Solid Waste
  • Urbanisation and the Need for Smart New Cities
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Rumi Aijaz

Rumi Aijaz

Rumi Aijaz is Senior Fellow at ORF where he is responsible for the conduct of the Urban Policy Research Initiative. He conceived and designed the ...

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