Rejuvenation of City Productive Area
Productivity is one of the main drivers for the economic and social growth of a city. However, a productive city must balance economy, environment, and society for a sustainable development. Environment and economy are usually incorporated while planning top-down but society is sometimes left out.
Small industries in congested residential areas have been a major concern for many developing countries like India. The case study area is in a transitional stage as the functional industrial units are reluctant to relocate to designated industrial sector in outskirts of the city. The socio-economic setup is the major factor for the existence of these industries as it is a primary source of livelihood for many families who reside in the area.
The decision to relocate the industries is a straightforward solution which was taken by planners to tackle the incompatibility of the land uses. However, the case study is a perfect example of how the decision taken on top by planners without public consultation does not correspond to the need of residents. Due to this conflict, the non-conforming industries continue to deteriorate the physical and social environment of such pockets in Delhi.
The study explores sustainable solutions that can be adopted in such areas so that the small-scale compatible industries can exist without being a health hazard in residential areas.
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Invited SpeakerGargi Singh is a second-year master’s student of Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. She holds an under graduate degree in Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. She has around 2 years of experience in the field of planning in India and United States. Her interest primarily lies in transportation planning and sustainable development.