India’s urban population has increased rapidly over the past decade and this rapid urbanization is set to continue in the future. It is expected that by 2025, half of the India’s population will be urban. The urbanization process has created myriad problems such as transportation, poverty, unemployment, unauthorized housing colonies, slums and squatter settlements. Adding to this, the issues of climate change, health and pandemic outbreaks makes the urban life even more daunting. The criticality of the urban problems has not been fully understood and it requires a multidisciplinary approach and expertise. With the introduction of centrally sponsored schemes such as; Smart City, PMAY, AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission etc., it is even more important for the policy makers, city managers, urban development professionals and students to develop the required skills and understanding on urban development, governance, management in addition to the classical knowledge of City and Infrastructure Planning.
In India, the urban planning machinery has not grown at the pace with the demands posed by urbanization and global technological advancements. Urban local bodies face a massive shortage of skilled and trained human resources as well as financial challenges. Furthermore, poor quality of planning is a huge limiting factor to realize the true economic potentials of urbanization. Realising the centrality of urban planning and development, IDFC Foundation has compiled the India Infrastructure Report 2023 highlighting infrastructure planning, finance and governance requirements, to support the urbanisation process in the country.