To encourage citizens' active participation in making a city ‘‘liveable’’:
If history has taught us one thing, it’s that great cities go beyond inspiring architecture and overwhelming skyscrapers. A well-networked transport system, green space and above all a planned township that provides its inhabitants that seemingly elusive quality of life are the hallmarks of a vibrant metropolis.
All this and much more can only become reality if citizens are involved in the planning of their home. And as citizens’ groups and infrastructure experts debate any city’s upcoming development plan with municipal authorities, they argue that a long-term proposal for a city can hardly succeed unless it involves local participation at each level.
In other words, it’s the people whose active participation defines the pulse of a city, not just urban planners and government bodies. Going one step ahead, private players who are in the business of infrastructure and real estate across Maharashtra and beyond say that public-private partnership also works best for urban planning and making a city ‘‘liveable’’.
In a bid to encourage such initiatives, The Times of India and Lavasa have launched the Lavasa Future Cities Campaign, www.lavasafuturecities.indiatimes.com an extensive programme that intends to kickstart a journey towards developing ‘‘future cities’’ in India
To read more, please, visit History inspires 'future cities'
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