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Managing Urbanisation
Managing Urbanisation

The Managing Urbanisation (MU) Division provides data-based policy inputs for making India’s urbanisation manageable, economically productive, environmentally appropriate, and equitable. It offers advice and policy guidance to key stakeholders involved in urban planning, development, and management.

The Division engages with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, State Governments as well as local governments in formulating policies, programmes, initiatives and reforms. It also collaborates with various national and international academic institutions, research organisations, development partners and eminent experts to advance the discussion towards making a long-term impact on policy approaches for managing urbanisation.

Core Functions


  • Analysing 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 EFC and SFC; reviewing and commenting upon PIB/DIB memoranda and Cabinet Notes.

  • Engaging with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, State Governments as well as local governments on various issues, policies and 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 sectors, inter alia, include urban planning, housing, water supply, sewerage, solid waste management, urban transport, urban land policy, and so on.

  • Conducting research with various organisations and development partners and holding discussions with eminent experts in the domains of urbanisation, urban planning, management, etc.

Who’s Who
Name Designation Email ID

K. Rajeswara Rao

Special Secretary

Rakesh Desai


Biswanath Bishoi

Deputy Advisor

Anshika Gupta

Senior Associate, Town Planning and Urban Finance

Ms Neha Awasthi


Sanjay Gupta

Economic Officer

Dhiraj Santdasani

Young Professional

Anushree Darshana

Young Professional

  • UNDP

  • ADB

  • GIZ-India


  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

  • FCDO

  • Bill and 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

  • Praja Foundation, Mumbai

Line Ministries

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs



  • Strengthening the States/UTs for broad-based urban development through technical assistance (non-lending) from ADB

  • Efficient utilisation of urban land

  • Slum redevelopment strategies/plans


  • Planning and Architectural Framework for Hill Regions in India

  • Redefining ‘Urban’ for India

  • Strategies for modernisation of urban land records

  • Pathways for addressing issues in urban governance

  • Best practices in municipal finances systems of ULBs

  • Waste-to-Wealth models: Solid Waste Management in Urban Areas

  • Plastic Waste Management: Innovations, Business and Service models for ULBs

  • Strengthening Urban Health Management Systems