Nagarlok - Quarterly Journal of Urban Affairs - A UGC-CARE Listed Journal

Published in Association with Indian Institute of Public Administration

Current Volume: 55 (2023 )

ISSN: 0027-7584

Periodicity: Quarterly

Month(s) of Publication: March, June, September & December

Subject: Social Science


Nagarlok, a quarterly journal of Urban Affairs, is recognised under the UGC- Care list Group 1. It emphasis research and scholarly analysis on a range of urban themes: Urban life, metropolitan systems, city regions, urban planning and development, urban infrastructure, urban economy, urban environment and sustainability and urban policy. With a cutting-edge approach to linking theoretical development and empirical research, NAGARLOK encompasses key material from an unparalleled ranged of critical, comparative and geographic perspectives.

Director General, IIPA and Editor
Surendra Nath Tripathi

Joint Editor
Kusum Lata

Associate Professor
(Urban and Regional Planning) CUS,
IIPA, New Delhi

V.N. Alok

Professor, Urban Finance
IIPA, New Delhi

P.S.N. Rao

Professor, Housing School of Planning and Architecture
New Delhi

Charru Malhotra

Professor, e-Governance & ICT IIPA,
New Delhi

O.P. Mathur

Professor, Urban Governance Institute of Social Sciences
New Delhi

Sachin Chowdhry

Associate Professor
Public Administration IIPA,
New Delhi

K.K. Pandey

Professor, Urban Management IIPA,
New Delhi

Amit Singh

Assistant Professor
Urban Development IIPA,
New Delhi

Hitesh Vaidya

Director, NIUA

Copy Editor
Usha Jha


Volume 55 Issue 4 , (Oct-2023 to Dec-2023)

Market-led Housing Redevelopment Practices in Indian Metropolitan Cities: Insights from Pune

By: Shruti Vaishampayan , Sanjukkta Bhaduri

Page No : 1-19

Market-led redevelopment of private housing, particularly Cooperative Housing Societies and Bungalows (single family detached houses), is emerging as a popular form of redevelopment in inner-city neighbourhoods of Indian metropolitan cities. Enabling policies of the State governments and local authorities encourage redevelopment of housing stock of more than 30 years of age for optimum utilization of serviced urban land and existing infrastructure in inner cities. High land values in inner cities combined with policy incentives such as increased floor space index (FSI) create business opportunities for private real estate developers resulting in extensive redevelopment of private housing societies carried out in joint partnership with housing cooperatives – bringing substantial changes in residential neighbourhoods. Through an in-depth literature review, field observations, and detailed interviews with 18 experts (architectural/ legal/ financial consultants specializing in redevelopment, re-developers, and members of redeveloped housing cooperatives), this paper presents a critical examination of housing redevelopment policies and practices in Pune, India highlighting potential gentrification implications of this emerging form of redevelopment.

Authors :
Shruti Vaishampayan : Ph.D Scholar, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi; Assistant Professor, NICMAR University Pune, Maharashtra
Sanjukkta Bhaduri : Professor of Urban Planning, School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, India.


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Shifting Paradigms in The Wake of Real Estate Regulation: A Case of Ahmedabad

By: Bageshree Yeolekar Kadam

Page No : 20-37

The Government of India passed the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016 which is a milestone legislation enacted to preserve buyers’ interests by ensuring openness, citizen-centricity, accountability, and financial discipline for seamless real estate transactions. It is a known fact that the act has momentously enhanced the real estate market situation. Yet, stricter enforcement is required. This study embarks upon an empirical approach to explore the effects of the RERA on stakeholders in the real estate market of Ahmedabad city in India.

Author :
Bageshree Yeolekar Kadam : Assistant Professor, National Institute of Construction Management (NICMAR), Pune, India.


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Urban Mobility Initiatives Towards Passengers’ Transportation in India

By: Ajitha S

Page No : 38-50

The urban population of India is expected to surge from 450 million to 800 million people over the next two decades. This transformation will pose unprecedented challenges for India’s burgeoning cities and towns, particularly in the realm of transportation. The escalating global demand for energy is primarily propelled by transportation, currently the largest energy consumer in developed nations and the fastest-growing sector in most developing countries. As major sources of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, cities in Asia and the Pacific seek low-carbon development. India has aligned its policies with the 2030 targets to curb GHG emissions by ensuring sustainability in all areas of development, particularly in the transportation sector. This paper examines some of the green mobility initiatives undertaken by the Government of India for accelerating the shift towards adopting cleaner fuels, enhancing fuel efficiency and promoting a shift to public and ecofriendly modes of transportation with the aim of delivering improved urban sustainability and create less congested cities with lower levels of air pollution and more efficient travel options.

Author :
Ajitha S : Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala, Kerala, India.


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Water-Use Efficiency in Higher Education Institutions (HEI): A Conceptual Framework

By: Shomit Dilip Bade , Nikhil Ranjan Mandal

Page No : 51-75

Sustainable Development Goal number six has the target to achieve water use efficiency across all sectors by 2030 along with other of its targets. The Higher Education Institution (HEI) campuses are usually a smaller version of urban settlements akin to townships containing a variety of building uses, a large number of people using the campus, and diverse and complex activities. Owing to which they require large quantities of water for their daily operations which exerts huge pressure on water resources. In the recent past, the development and application of water sustainability frameworks have been very helpful as they provided an array of information such as assessment, description, communication, depicting trends and predicting the future. The objective of this research is to develop a framework for assessing the efficiency of water consumption of HEI campuses. This paper discusses the stages of framework preparation. It initially identifies the criteria for the selection of an initial set of components, indicators, and sub-indicators to develop the conceptual framework and refines the conceptual framework to the final framework using an expert opinion survey method. The purpose is to provide a better perception of water use efficiency in HEI campuses and it is believed that successful efforts to conserve water at an HEI level can become a model for the urban areas.

Authors :
Shomit Dilip Bade : Department of Environmental Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Nikhil Ranjan Mandal : Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.


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Performance Assessment System of Sanitation Services in Urban Areas of Amritsar District

By: Gursharan Kaur , Rawal Singh Aulakh , Ravi Inder Singh , Ritu Raj Kaur , Sakshi Sahini , Prabhnoor Singh

Page No : 76-96

The urban areas are considered as growth engines and attract lot of economic development resulting in expansion of urbanisable areas of cities and towns. The rapid urbanisation of these settlements has burdened the service delivery of different sectors such as water, wastewater, solid waste, housing, public transport, etc. The increased pressure on urban areas has resulted in a lack of infrastructure services below the standards wherever they are present. To keep a check on the same, service level benchmarks are established by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs erstwhile Ministry of Urban Development. The present research paper discusses sanitation benchmarking through performance assessment system for sanitation services in the towns and the cities of the Amritsar district. A comparative assessment has been made to view the situation in the larger city and small towns. It has been analysed that the larger city has a better financial position than small towns. Thereby the larger cities have comparatively better sanitation facilities.

Authors :
Ritu Raj Kaur, Gursharan Kaur, Sakshi Sahini and Ravi Inder Singh : Assistant Professor, Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India.
Rawal Singh Aulakh : Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India
Prabhnoor Singh : Student, Guru Ramdas School of Planning, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India.


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Performance Assessment of Urban Sanitation Services in India: An Alternate Perspective

By: N.R. Mandal , Gaurav Vaidya

Page No : 97-120

In the new millennia, improving sanitation services has become one of the main agenda of the governments, both in India and the global South. Within India, many initiatives and policies were introduced, e.g., a sub-component within the JnNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission), National Urban Sanitation Policy and Swachch Bharat Mission (Clean India Mission) at Central government level to ensure improved urban sanitation service delivery. Performance Assessment Frameworks (PAFs) were introduced in India with Service-level Benchmarking, Swachch Survekshan (Cleanliness Surveys), etc. for monitoring the performance of sanitation services. This research aims to study different PAFs, adopted within India and other countries, in order to re-identify indicators, whether already included or not in Indian PAFs on the basis of their applicability in Indian context. It has been observed that the existing PAFs in Indian context have been developed with the perspective of ‘Efficiency of Services’ only, whereas this research article is an attempt to revise the existing PAFs with the perspective of ‘Societal Outcomes’ to prepare a more holistic and result- oriented PAFs.

Authors :
Dr N.R. Mandal : Professor and Head, Department of Environmental Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Gaurav Vaidya : Asst. Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, School of Planning & Architecture, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.


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The Factors Influencing the Delivery of Digital Public Services - A Systematic Literature Review

By: Santulan Chaubey , Kritika Mathur , Dinesh Taneja

Page No : 121-136

The digitalisation of public services in urban settings has made a paradigm shift in how citizens avail government services. The key factors impelling the citizens’ intent to use public service, the government’s commitment in providing public service, and the challenges faced in rendering efficient public services have all been covered in the study. The literature, a collection of qualitative and quantitative research methods, provides a deeper insight into the influencing elements responsible for adopting government services by the public. The influencing factors have been aggregated in this study into different categories. The study suggests that digital delivery of public service may fulfill the aspirations of the urban population provided that the service is helpful, easy to use, timebound, transparent, accurate, and incur minimum transaction cost. The influencing factors for the government in providing efficient service include public pressure, international pressure, and disrupting technology. To provide efficient services, the government faces the challenges such as digital, social, and economic divide, availability, and accessibility of technology. It is observed that there are opportunities for the research in the field of Digital Delivery of Public Service by capturing the government’s perspective, its design and technological innovations, and citizens’ zest for improving service delivery.

Authors :
Santulan Chaubey : Research Scholar, Dr B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi, School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (SBPPSE), Delhi, India.
Kritika Mathur : Assistant Professor, Dr B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi. School of Business, Public Policy and Social Entrepreneurship (SBPPSE)
Dinesh Taneja : Director (IT), Dr B.R. Ambedkar University, Delhi, India.


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