Center for Urban Planning and Policy
Center for Urban Planning and Policy

The Center for Urban Planning and Policy (CUPP) undertakes research and analysis to help improve processes and regulatory frameworks for urban land development. It further translates this research into relevant and applicable policy prescriptions towards addressing challenges such as increasing land supply, improving affordability, securing land for public purposes, and establishing clear land rights.

Land and real estate markets play an important role in shaping cities. Urban land is a critical resource to establish efficient and functional markets. Absences of well-functioning markets pose series of challenges like conflicts, speculation, and affordability gaps. The functioning of these markets is dependent upon land related policies that manage externalities, create public goods, extract land value gains and provide equitable access to land for the poor. Thus, it is important to systematically study these policies, as well as understand its impact on land and real estate markets. At CUPP our aim is to advance practice-oriented research in urban land policy that supports economic development and sustainable and equitable urbanization.

CUPP engages with governments through advisory work and capacity building. It has developed considerable training material in the domains of urban land planning and regulations, housing, and governance, and has also carried out significant inter-state comparative studies on land pooling and readjustment mechanisms, revenue codes and built form regulations.


Vidyadhar  Phatak

Vidyadhar Phatak

Executive Director

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.

Utkarsh  Patel

Utkarsh Patel

Operations Director

Utkarsh is an experienced Urban Planner with more than 20 years of practice experience leading the preparation of master plans, town planning schemes, township plans and strategic framework plans for Ports, Tourism circuits, and Special Investment Regions. Utkarsh is a visiting faculty member in the Master of Urban Planning Program at CEPT University.  He is engaged with several key projects at CRDF including the Preparation of manual and guidelines for Development Plan, Town Planning Scheme & Local Area Plan aimed at improving planning framework in the state’ for the Gujarat Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Advisory support to T&CP Office, Government of Madhya Pradesh on the Bhopal Master Plan, and Preparation of Integrated Cluster Action Plans (ICAP) for 16 Rurban Cluster of Gujarat.

Utkarsh holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning with a specialization in Housing from CEPT University, Ahmedabad.



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