There exists a vast difference between the projected spatial growth and the reality in which urban transitions happen. Indian cities are at cusp of rapid urbanization. The presence of land resources, economic opportunities and development potential leads to the chain reaction of urban processes and emergence of newer patterns of sprawl in the peripheral areas. 

The process of land acquisition and green field development stands chaotic as there seems to be a ruckus as per the proposed zoning and land use. Intermediary zones overlapping rural and urban jurisdictions are re – imagined as a multi-functional territory; engaging populations in mixed land use and high end economic opportunities and services. The rise in speculative land prices, hoarding of land in the name of investment, loss in agricultural land and plantations, absence of active public transportation system, incompetent planning are a few issues that have boiled up due to chaotic peri-urban development in and around cities in India.

Though there is the presence of statutory development plans, laws and land use maps, the planning is fragmented and uncontrolled. Lack of clarity in development control and urban by laws also results in socio-economic disparity and by passing of sprawl. Deficiencies in planning and governance has left these areas open for the rampant construction of illegal structures by individuals and groups. Private real estate developers are also able to convince villagers with attractive prices to acquire, gain control and hold agricultural land, and carry out illegal sub-division and disposal when land values increase. There are cases of peri-urban areas being colonised by private builders and public sector agencies that cater only to the interests of influential groups.

There is a need for rational regional plan with focus on affordable housing, public transportation and public amenities. It should unfold the question of impending labour and informality, agriculture and livestock, industry and affordable housing and commute to city center. Formulating an effective regulatory regime and peri urban planning agencies can aid in inclusive rural-urban cluster development. Focusing on the Indian context, the workshop engages with the multi-dimensional and complex nature of the peri-urban regions in India.


Prof Sudhir Chella Rajan teaches at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras. He was formerly Head of the Department (2011-2014) and was Coordinator of the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability (2010-2016), where he is currently Area Coordinator for Land-Use. He obtained an inter-disciplinary doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles in 1994 and has worked in progressively senior positions in government, research consultancies, NGOs and academia. His interests are primarily at the interface of political theory and the environment; in particular, on the opportunities for democratic politics in the face of composite social and environmental encounters. 

Rajan has worked on emergent policy dilemmas in automobile pollution regulation in California, the politics of power sector reform in developing countries, conflicts in relation to energy access and climate change policy, the patterns of social change needed in transport in the United States for fair climate policy, ethical approaches to addressing climate change and sea level rise, new interpretations of the resource curse in resource-rich developing countries, changes to the periurban landscape in South India and on ideas of grand corruption in environmental and everyday discourse. His latest book is A Social Theory of Corruption, Harvard University Press.


9.30 AM – 3.30 PM UK TIME


UK TimeIndia TimeProgrammePresentations topics
9.15-9.30 AM2.45-3.00 PMWaiting Lobby opens
9.30-9.45 AM 3.00-3.15 PMPart 1 Introduction
9.45-10.30 AM 3.15-4.00 PMKeynote by Prof Sudhir Chella Rajan, IIT Chennai, IndiaBuilding a collaborative agenda for a periurban initiative: Lessons from PERI-CENE
10.30-10.40 AM4.00-4.10 PMPresentation 1 by Aisharya Bhattacharjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, IndiaCOVID-19 and Mobility: Exploring new Geographies of Mobility in Peri-Urban Regions of Indian Megacities
10.40-10.50 AM 4.10-4.20 PMPresentation 2 by Ashish Prabhakar, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, IndiaHope in my backyard: Governance, NRM and the waste conflict in Vilappilsala
10.50-11.00 AM4.20-4.30 PMPresentation 3 by Dr Devanjan Khuntia, G D Goenka University, Haryana, IndiaInert City & the Periphery as the New Site of Protest
11.00-11.10 AM 4.30-4.40 PMPresentation 4 by Fathima Zehba M. P, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, IndiaQuality of Life Variations in Urban and Peri-Urban Settlements: A case of Kozhikode,  Kerala, India 
11.10-11.30 AM 4.40-5.00 PMQ & A
11.30-11.40 AM 5.00-5.10 PM BREAK
11.40-11.50 AM 5.10-5.20 PMPresentation 5 by Shanthala V, BMS College of Architecture, Bangalore, IndiaAssessing Social Amenity Site Provision in Emerging Residential Districts on Urban Periphery- Case of Bangalore
11.50-12.00 PM 5.20-5.30 PMPresentation 6 by Sunanda Kapoor, Manipal University, Jaipur, IndiaManaging the Impact of Urban Sprawl on Peri-Urban Areas of Chandigarh
12.00-12.10 PM 5.30-5.40 PMPresentation 7 by Susan Cyriac, National Institute of Technology,
Calicut, India
Assessment of the Spatial Dynamics and Settlement Classification of Rural Urban Continuum Settlements: A Case of Kerala, India
12.10-12.20 PM 5.40-5.50 PMPresentation 8 by Swati Sharma, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal, IndiaImpact of governance on the dynamics of peri-urban areas 
12.20-12.30 PM 5.50-6.00 PMQ & A
12.30-1.30 PM 6.00-7.00 PMLUNCH BREAK
1.30-1.40 PM 7.00-7.10 PMPart 2 Introduction
1.40-2.10 PM 7.10-7.40 PMBreakout Room Activity 1
2.10-2.30 PM 7.40-8.00 PMDiscussion
2.30-3.00 PM 8.00-8.30 PMBreakout Room Activity 2
3.00-3.30 PM 8.30-9.00 PMDiscussion and Conclusion

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