Mysore, June 12 (JP)- "Our town planning was, till very recently, based on Nehruvian or P.C. Mahalnobis model which is nothing but the old Moscow pattern, ill-suited to meet the needs of growing towns unless we are thinking of hundreds of steel townships," said B.A. Coutinho, Metropolitan Commissioner, BMRDA.

He was speaking as the chief guest at the one-day South Zone Conference on ‘Metropolitan Governance, Heritage Conservation and Education’ organised by Institute of Town Planners-India (ITPI) of Delhi and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Mysore University at Rani Bahadur Auditorium, Manasagangotri, here this morning.

Aravind Limbavalli, Minister for Higher Education and pro-Chancellor, Mysore University who was to inaugurate the conference, had excused himself on the plea of prior commitment according to Prof. K.V. Aiyanna, Director, IDS.

Coutinho, in his inaugural address, stressed on building sustainable models for development based on tangible issues.

D.S. Meshram, President, ITPI who was the guest of honour, asked the delegates to pinpoint the areas of relevance and commonality between the Town Planning Act and Metropolitan Governance that would encompass Heritage Conservation, Natural Areas and Education.

"Human habitations will be urban based and factors like sustainability, accountability, efficiency and transparency will necessarily have to play a major role in any town planning scheme of things," said Meshram and decried the tendency of town planners in taking a ‘top-down approach’. "There should be ‘bottom-up approach’ that takes into account the aspirations of all stakeholders," he added.

Earlier, the conference began with an invocation by Shruti Rajan. Mamatha Raj compered. Prof. Krishnegowda, Professor, IDS, introduced the guests.

In his presidential address, Prof. V.G. Talwar, VC, Mysore University, called for a harmonious development of town planning within the framework of heritage and nature areas conservation. Prof. K.V. Aiyanna, Director IDS, proposed a vote of thanks.

The technical session will feature Aniyan Mathew, Vice-President, ITPI, Dr. Amitha Prasad, Director-General, ATI, Dr. Abdul Razak Mohammed of Anna University, Chennai and M. Sivashanmugam, Senior Planner, CMDA, Chennai.

SOM spoke to Prof. K.V. Aiyanna before the commencement of the conference. Aiyanna said there was too much of unwarranted interference of vested interest in any town planning exercise.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore