Vidyadhar K. Phatak is one of the leading urban thinkers in the country with over 40 years of professional experience as a practicing government planner and independent researcher. He has led significant research on issues of Housing Affordability, Public Land, Land based Fiscal Tools, and Reforming Urban Planning.
He retired from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) as its Principal Chief, Town and Country Planning Division in 2004. Since then, he has been an independent urban planning analyst and consultant and has been involved in important urban projects including the in Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor (KUSP), business plan for MMR, preparing master plans of cities in Punjab, comprehensive transport study of Hyderabad, study of land based fiscal tools for MoUD, financing plan for MCGM and a number of assignments with the World Bank in Dhaka, Kolkata, Agartala, study of housing and public land in Ahmedabad, and preliminary proposal for urban planning reform in Maharashtra. He was the Director of National Housing Bank from 2006 to 2012 post which he served as advisor to MCGM for revision of Development Plan. He also served as the Dean for the Faculty of Planning at CEPT University and was instrumental in revising the curriculum to make it more relevant to challenges facing Indian cities today and equip young planners with skills and training to address these challenges.