The Urban Centre Trust* (UCT) creates a collective space – a node – for dialogue, to ideate and debate, to deliberate upon, to carry out research and to communicate on urban planning, urban design, urban conservation and sustainable urban development in the city between communities, stakeholders and various agencies. It will inform macro-level planning, broad guiding principles and strategic policy frameworks across the country.
It has been established as a not for profit, charitable organisation to build capacities and to create democratic platforms which can strive to achieve and demonstrate excellence in the planning and design of cities. The Trust will explore participatory models of planning to inform governance, policy frameworks and design to achieve holistic and sustainable form of urban development.
*UCT has applied for registration with the Charity Commissioner of Maharashtra which is currently under process. Donations to the Trust will be tax exempt, under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. UCT shall also apply for registration under Section 6 (1) (a), Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (Education).