Land and Infrastructure

Session: Plenary

Topic: Prospects for Integrating Land, Housing, and Infrastructure for Urban Development: Household and Livelihoods Perspectives
Chair: Aruna Sundarajan
Speakers: Sumila Gulyani, Darshini Mahadevia and Somnath Sen

Topic: Prospects for Integrating Land, Housing, and Infrastructure for Urban Development: Regional Planning Perspectives
Chair: Aromar Revi
Speakers: Amitabh Kundu, Ritu Anand, Kala Sridhar and V Phatak

Session: Deep Dives

Topic: Land Acquisition, Land Markets & Regulation
Chair:Somnath Sen
Speakers:Barun Mitra,

Topic: Infrastructure and Spatial Prioritization
Chair:V Phatak.
Speakers:Robin King, Rishi Aggarwal, Prem Chandavarkar and V. Manjula

Topic: Infrastructure & Sustainability
Chair:Aromar Revi
Speakers:Mohan Rao, Bharath Jairaj, Madhav Pai and Karen Seto

Topic: Revisiting Upgrading: Low Income Housing & Infrastructure
Chair:Subir Hari Singh
Speakers:Sumila Gulyani, Darshini Mahadevia, and Bijal Bhatt

Aruna Sundarajaran

Aruna Sundarajaran, IAS is Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, and Mission Director, RAY. She has held key administrative posts with Union and Federal Governments in India, as well as served in as CEO, IL&FS, where she headed the national rural Common Service Centre project under the National E-Government Programme. Much of her work over recent years has focused on harnessing ICT for improving governance and public expenditure.

Sumila Gulyanitook

Sumila Gulyanitook over as head of the World Bank’s Urbanization Knowledge Platform in 2011 after four years as Sector Leader for Sustainable Development for six African countries, based in Kenya. She was also the Lead Urban Specialist and Team Leader for a series of World Bank-supported urban programmes aimed at assisting the Kenyan government in catalyzing transformation of the urban and local government sector in the country. Her recent research includes analytical frameworks for understanding poverty and living conditions in slums; comparative State of the City baselines in 15 cities in Kenya; and inequality in access to infrastructure in three capital cities in Africa.

Darshini Mahadevia

Professor DarshiniMahadevia (PhD), Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, and PhD from Centre for Studies in Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Since, 2009 December, she is member-secretary of Centre for Urban Equity, which also functions as a National Resource Centre for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India. She is on the boards of four NGOs in India working on pro-poor and pro-women development issues in urban and rural areas.Prof.Mahadevia has widely published on urban development, shelter security, urban poverty, human and gender development.

Somnath Sen

Trained in public economics, management and consumer marketing research, Somnath has managed and led a number of institutional development and strategic advice tasks, across public sector reform, urban management and environmental services delivery, natural resource management, social development and energy sectors. Over the past two decades,  he has worked on multiple initiatives including the following: assisting the Government of India’s Urban Sanitation Task Force in preparing the National Urban Sanitation Policy for India; working with the Ministry of Urban Development, Govt. of India,  on developing the methodology for and commissioning of Rating of Class I Cities of India on Sanitation; carrying out a study to contribute to the INDIA 2030.

Aromar Revi

AromarRevi is Director, IIHS. Mr. Revi is an international practitioner, consultant, researcher and educator with over a quarter century of inter-disciplinary experience in public policy and governance, the political economy of reform, development, technology, sustainability and human settlements.

V. Phatak

Vidyadhar K. Phatak, after 37 years of experience in various sub-fields of urban planning and development in government agencies in Mumbai,retired from the service of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority as its Principal Chief, Town and Country Planning Division on February 29, 2004. His interests include - Urban and Shelter Sector Studies, City Development Strategy, Preparation and appraisal of projects for the Development Banks and Financing local governments and Structuring projects for Public-Private-Partnership.

Kala Seetharam

Dr. Kala Seetharam Sridhar is currently Head, PPRG, and Senior Research Fellow, Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore, India, prior to which she was Ford Public Affairs Fellow. Her primary research interests are in urban and regional economics/policies, urban infrastructure, state and local finances, and developmental issues.

Ritu Anand

Ms. Ritu Anand is the Group Head-Policy and Chief Economist at IDFC. A prominent economist, she has over 30 years of experience that includes several international assignments.  Her areas of expertise include macroeconomics and public policy. Prior to joining IDFC, Ms. Anand held the position of Deputy Managing Director and Chief Economic Adviser at the State Bank of India. In her previous experience, Ms. Anand worked as Lead Economist at the World Bank, Washington, D.C, U.S.A, and the Reserve Bank of India as Adviser and at various positions with the Finance Commission, Planning Commission, Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices, Government of India, and Tata Consultancy Services.

Amitabh Kundu

Dr. Amitabh Kundu, Professor of Economics at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development and Dean of the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has been nominated as a member of National Statistical Commission in 2006. He has worked as Director at various institutes such as National Institute of Urban Affairs, Indian Council of Social Science research and Gujarat Institute of Development Research. Currently he is in the Editorial Board of Manpower Journal, Urban India, Journal of Educational Planning and Administration, Indian Journal of Labour Economics.

Barun Mitra

Barun is a commentator on current affairs on a range of issues from economic development to environmental quality. His articles have appeared in publications across the world. He the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, a non-profit, independent public policy research and advocacy organisation. It is dedicated to harnessing the power of the market to enhance individual freedom in economic and political domains.

Robin Ann King

Dr. King is currently a Principal Research Scholar at CSTEP in Bangalore, where she helps manage the Next Generation Infrastructure Laboratory.  In January 2011 she will join EMBARQ at the World Resources Institute as Director for Urban Development and Accessibility. Her research in India covers topics such as institutional aspects of infrastructure policy, mango supply chains, Indian-Latin American economic ties, and links between mobility, shelter and livelihoods to understand the evolution of present day Bangalore where wealth has increased significantly along with poverty increasing. 

Rishi Aggarwal

Rishi is an environmental activist based in Mumbai and active for more than a decade in numerous environmental and urban planning issues of Mumbai. He has played a pioneering role in the conservation of mangroves in Mumbai and worked closely with grassroot activists in protecting a number of pockets in Mumbai.

He was a project officer at Bombay First during 2003-05 when the Vision Mumbai report was submitted to the Government of Maharashtra and had a ring side view of how a number of urban planning decisions are taken in the administration.

V. Manjula

Ms. V. Manjulahas worked with the Government of Karnataka in sectors like Education, Rural Development, Power, Housing and Urban Development. She was Deputy Commissioner of Bellary District and Chief Executive Officer of Kolar and Dharwad Districts. She was also the Managing Director of Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation, Bangalore and Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company, Gulbarga. Currently she is the Commissioner for Directorate of Urban Land Transport and also the Directorate of Survey Settlements and Land Records.

Prem Chandavarkar

Prem Chandavarkar is the managing partner of CnT Architects: an architectural practice based in Bangalore, India, with a historical legacy across generations that dates back to being the city’s first architectural firm.  He is a former Executive Director of Srishti School of Art Design & Technology in Bangalore.  He is an academic advisor and guest faculty at some of the top architecture colleges in India.  Besides his design practice at CnT, he also writes and lectures on architecture, urbanism, art, cultural studies and education.

Mohan Rao

Mohan Rao is an Environmental Design & Landscape architecture professional. He is a partner at Integrated Design, a multi-disciplinary consultancy practice in regional planning, environmental design and landscape architecture. Mohan is actively involved in master planning of existing & new settlements; ecological restoration/conservation; impact assessment of natural disasters, management & reconstruction; resource assessment & management; Conservation & site interpretation of world heritage sites.

Bharath Jairaj

Bharath Jairaj is a Senior Associate at WRI and works specifically on the Electricity Governance Initiative (EGI). He was previously associated with environmental and consumer advocacy groups in India including with WWF-India, Toxics Link and Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG). He was Director of CAG till 2008, and worked on issues ranging from access to information and improving urban governance to consumer protection and public interest advocacy campaigns for enforcement of environmental laws. He was part of the India team that implemented the EGI toolkit in India in 2004-06.

Madhav Pai

Madhav Pai is the director EMBARQ India and is responsible for overall leadership and management of the program. He has over 12 years experience leading; designing and managing urban transport programs and projects in India, Asia and United states. He has lead and managed EMBARQ’s involvement in BRT and city bus system projects in cities of Bangalore, Colombo, Indore, Jaipur, Naya Raipur and Surat; in capacity building initiatives with the Ministry of Urban Development, the World Bank and the British High Commission. Madhav was a senior member of the EMBARQ team that evaluated the Delhi BRT corridor in Feb 2009 and the Ahmedabad BRT corridor in Oct 2009 prior to opening.

Karen Seto

Professor Seto studies the human transformation of land and the links between urbanization, global change, and sustainability. She is an expert in remote sensing analysis and integrating satellite data with social science research methods. She has pioneered methods to reconstruct historical land-use and to develop empirical models to explain and forecast urban expansion. She has over fifteen years of research experience studying Asia’s urbanization, with projects in China, India, Vietnam, and Qatar. She is Co-Chair of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Project, and a Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group III of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

SubirHari Singh

SubirHari Singh is the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Karnataka, Commissioner, BMRDA and Chair, KUIDFC. Shri Singh is also chair of SIUD. Shri Singh has held various other prestigious offices in past as former Principal Secretary, Housing Department, former Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, and former Commissioner and Director of the Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation.

Bijal Bhatt

Bijal Bhatt is a Co-ordinator at the Mahila Housing SEWA Trust, a housing service organization promoted by the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). She is a Civil Engineer, and has over 12 years of experience in housing issues for the poor.