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A study tour was organised for 2nd Year B. Plan Students from 8th December to 14th December 2012. Total of 23 Students and two faculty members visited selected places like Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Lavasa Township and Pune. The study was mainly focused to give an understanding about the various issues of urban planning and providing infrastructural solutions for that. Students visited Dharavi and interacted with the people to understand the living conditions inthe slums.
Tour to Mumbai could provide a fillip to the understanding about the infrastructural management of a megacity. Students were identified into different groups and directed to study various issues like transportation, Housing, and Environmental Aspects. They documented various housing typologies; issues of slums, various major infrastructures, like Bandra Worli Sea Link project, progress of metro construction, and issues of transportation in the city.
City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of Maharashtra at Navi Mumbai, had arranged a special lecture and a field visit to give an idea about Navi Mumbai Master Plan implementation process.
Visit to the Lavasa Township was an eye opener to the students about the new ideas of urban planning and need to consider the environmental aspect of it. In Pune students documented the new modalities of development by using land as the tool for attracting investment. In Pune students visited the Magarpatta Township. Visit to Magarpatta provided an understanding of the creation of combinations of housing, commercial, public and semi public land uses for a sustainable livelihood.
The six day study tour was successfully coordinated by Prof. Rama U Pandey and Prof. Paulose N Kuriakose.
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