Utkarsh is a Senior Consultant & Team Leader with the Center for Urban Planning and Policy (CUPP), CRDF, CEPT University and has been involved with CRDF since 2014. He is an urban planner, with more than 22 years of experience in both public and private sectors while working on large scale urban planning projects in India and Afghanistan. His areas of work range from development plans, master plans, town planning schemes, development regulations (DCRs), policy formulation for urban and rural spatial and strategic plans and research on statutory framework.
Some of the significant projects Utkarsh has led are development plans for Guwahati Metropolitan Region, Patna Metropolitan Region, Bhopal Development Authority, Vizhinjam Port Influence Zone, Varkala Municipal Corporation, Mandal Becharaji Special Investment Region, Dholera Special Investment Region, Bazarak, and Charikar Municipality Afghanistan. He has worked extensively on Town Planning Schemes for Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Bhuj Area Development Authority, Bhachau Area Development Authority, Mandal Becharaji Special Investment Region, Dholera Special Investment Region and PCPIR Special Investment Region.
Utkarsh has also been working on various policy research studies such as formulation of an inclusionary housing zone in cities, and affordable housing delivery by markets, building flood resilience through lake interlinking, manuals for preparation of Development Plans, Town Planning Scheme & Local Area Plans. Utkarsh has also worked on recommendations for improving the planning regime in Gujarat, framing model land use and service level benchmarks with appropriate enforcement mechanism for urban clusters, role of Land Management in Pre and Post-Disaster Planning and Responsiveness, such as Impacts on urban land markets, streamlining urban planning and land management in Gujarat, and legal and administrative reforms for Development Regulation in Gujarat.
Utkarsh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology with a specialization in Construction Technology and Master’s Degree in Urban Planning with a specialization in Housing from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He is also involved in academics at CEPT University since 2008.