LAP for Transit: Illustrated Handbook for Indian Cities

LAP for Transit: Illustrated Handbook for Indian Cities


This handbook illustrates how to make ‘local area plans’ (LAP) around transit stations for Indian cities. It is designed carefully to explain complex planning ideas in simple and visual terms. It will be useful to relevant authorities, planners, civic groups, students and, consultants who are working towards implementing integrated land use and transport planning. 

The handbook combines a set of TOD principles (based on the national TOD policy) with the LAP as a statutory mechanism (as per the GTPUD act and as championed by Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority) to demonstrate planning interventions in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and, Jaipur - cities of different size-class. There are illustrated examples of LAPs being used for 'transformation' (core city areas), 'intensification' (inter-mediate areas), and 'in-fill' (peripheral areas). This is to portray that TOD doesn’t mean ‘one size fit all’ - transit nodes need to be planned and developed depending upon their location and ‘role’ in the overall urban networks. 

The initial version of the handbook was launched by Mr D. S. Mishra, IAS (Secretary, MoHUA) and Ms. D Thara, IAS (Joint Secretary, MoHUA) along with Dr. Bimal Patel (President, CEPT University) on 5th August 2019. Since then the handbook is used to train about 350 government officials and planners across the country as part of CUPP-CRDF’s capacity building program related to Local Area Planning (LAP) and Town Planning Schemes (TPS). After being used as a training material with subsequent amendments, the current version of the handbook is finally published on the web. 

The handbook was prepared as the final output of the project ‘Planning principles of transit-oriented development in Indian cities’ funded by the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF). Dr. Rutul Joshi has conceptualized and authored the handbook along with his project team Prasanth Narayanan, Anshula Menon, and Ananya Ramesh. The handbook was prepared in consultations with and peer-reviewed by various in-house and external experts. 

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