Riverfront Development in Indian Cities: The Missing Link

Vriddhi Vriddhi


Planned development and redevelopment of
riverfronts are a recent phenomenon in the Indian development
landscape. Contemporary riverfront development projects
generally aim to boost the economy of riverfront cities and are
seen as tools to upgrade and improve the image where social and
ecological benefits are offshoots of development efforts. Cities in
India have diverse conditions, leading to unique contexts which
demand different approach to each development. The paper
discusses two issues for riverfront developments in India that
appear to be the missing links for the projects from planning and
organizational perspective. Public participation and further a
propelling body identified from the stakeholders which can
utilize their specific expertise for supervision, implementation
and maintenance of these projects to bring fast and effective
results. Consequently a corresponding change in planning
process to accommodate the solutions are suggested.


Indian Riverfront Development; Public Participation; Value Centered Planning Process

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