India is witnessing rapid urbanisation - cities or hybrid forms of cities are developing in every part of the country. We are likely to house 7,000 to 8,000 cities and over 25,000 agglomerations which will try to behave city-like, but without requisite infrastructure and governance structures.
There is a dire need for capacity building in ULBs and in semi-urban areas. We need to create a space for technical excellence in urban planning and design. Communities need to voice their concerns and actively engage in the discussions to shape up their towns and cities. Hence, there is an immense relevance for a collective space to facilitate and democratise planning.