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Managing Urbanisation

Vision and Mission

The vision of the Managing Urbanisation (MU) Vertical is to provide data-based policy inputs for making India’s urbanisation manageable, economically productive, environmentally appropriate, and equitable for all. The Vertical provides advice and policy guidance to key stakeholders involved in urban planning, development, and management. The Vertical engages with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, State Governments as well as local governments in formulating policies, programmes, initiatives and reforms. The Vertical also collaborates with various reputed national and international academic institutions, research organisations, development partners and eminent experts to advance the discussion towards making long-term impacts on policy approaches for managing urbanisation in India.

Core Functions

  • Analyzing and providing comments on various urban sector schemes, programmes and projects through the appraisal of preliminary project reports; analysing and providing comments for proposals under the Executive Finance Committee and Standing Finance Committee; reviewing and commenting upon PIB memoranda and Cabinet Notes.
  • Engaging with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, State Governments as well as local governments on issues, policies and/or schemes.
  • Developing strategy papers on various thematic areas and factors that affect urban growth across settlements, infrastructural systems supporting them, and networks connecting them. These cross-cutting sectors, inter alia, include urban planning, housing, water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, urban transport, urban land policy, and so on.
  • Conducting research with research organizations and development partners and discussions with eminent experts in the domains of urbanisation, urban planning, management, etc.

Who’s Who

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Email IDs

1 Dr K. Rajeswara Rao, Special Secretary
2 Mr Rakesh Desai, Director
3 Dr Biswanath Bishoi, Deputy Advisor
4 Ms Anshika Gupta, Senior Associate, Town Planning and Urban Finance
5 Mr Devashish Dhar, Consultant
6 Mr Sanjay Gupta, Economic Officer
7 Mr Dhiraj Santdasani, Young Professional



  • UNDP
  • ADB
  • GIZ-India
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • FCDO
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • NIUA, New Delhi
  • ICRIER, New Delhi
  • NIRD&PR, Hyderabad
  • IDFC Institute, Mumbai
  • Omidyar Network
  • Janaagraha, Bengaluru
  • ASCI, Hyderabad
  • Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  • Centre for Science and Environment, Delhi
  • AIILSG, New Delhi
  • National FSSM Alliance
  • India Sanitation Coalition
  • CEPT University, Ahmedabad
  • SPA, Delhi
  • IIT, Kharagpur
  • SPA, Bhopal
  • JNTU, Hyderabad
  • SRM University
  • RCUES, Lucknow

Line Ministries

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs



  • ‘Faecal Sludge and Septage Management in Urban Areas: Service and Business Models’, developed jointly with the National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance
  • ‘TDR Guidelines for Implementation of TDR Tool for Achieving Urban Infrastructure Transition in India’
  • ‘Step-by-Step Approach for Effective Solid Waste Management Based on Learnings from Indore’
  • Preliminary Design Report, Ballari Recycled Water Treatment Plant
  • Delivery Options and Model Document Report, Ballari Recycled Water Treatment Plant
  • Feasibility Study Report: Recycled Water Treatment Plant


Projects (Current and Upcoming)


  • Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India
  • Efficient Utilisation of Urban Land
  • Urban Solid Waste Management: Best Practices across Value Chain
  • Plastic Waste Management: Challenges, Best Practices, Way Forward
  • Slum Redevelopment Strategies



  • Planning and Architectural Framework for Hill Regions in India
  • Review of Town and Country Planning Acts
  • Best Practices in Municipal Finances in ULBs
  • Redefining ‘Urban’ for India
  • Digitisation of Urban Land Records
  • Strengthening Urban Health Systems
  • Urban Governance