Urbanization, the silent revolution in India needs direction and substantial re-think and cities need resources, investment, good governance, and a sense of future. 

As you know, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has formulated India’s National Urban Policy Framework to address the future of India’s urbanization. This initiative is commendable ,was long overdue and is welcomed as a significant step, considering the vastness and complexity of India’s urban challenge. The framing of the policy will certainly help guide our cities and towns. Moreover, opening up the Policy document for public debate and feedback is greatly appreciated as it presents an opportunity for various stakeholders to contribute ideas ans suggestions in various sectors. 

The NUPF initiative by INHAF1 is to facilitate debates and discussions surrounding the NUPF 2018, amongst various stakeholders , individuals and organizations working in the urban sector. INHAF had earlier written to MoHUA2 on seeking an extension on the deadline for submissions and de-formatting of the existing feedback form. At the moment, the deadline for submitting feedback has been extended to 31st March 2019. To expedite this facilitation for the NUPF, INHAF has prepared this web-platform, Urban @ INHAF encourage ideas and thoughts relevant to the urban India and the NUPF initiative thereby attempting to facilitate a wider discussion on this forthcoming policy from different stakeholders from different sectors. 

  • 1.  Habitat Forum (INHAF) is a non-profit society based in Ahmedabad. The key focus area of Habitat Forum (INHAF), as the name suggests, is ‘Habitat’, built environment, human settlements, both the place and the people, and its proper development.

    It is a network engaged in bringing together, on a shared platform, individuals and organizations working in the human settlement development field: in urban and rural housing ( with special emphasis on the low income groups); on participatory design, consultative planning and inclusive development; poverty reduction; liveable, people centred, poor sensitive and environment friendly cities, and sustainable development. NGOs, civic groups and communities; design, planning and development professionals; professional training institutions and young students are the main constituency of INHAF.

  • 2.  INHAF’s letter to MoHUA can be viewed in the letters section.