The built environment of the cities is largely governed by the practices being following in planning and developing different land uses on their lands. Reducing land-man ratio, housing shortage, traffic and transportation problems, safety issues, water crisis, solid waste mis-management, sanitation, etc. are the key challenges faced by the bigger cities of India. One of the strongest reasons for these problems has been the inappropriate approach followed in land use planning and development. The Master Plans of the towns and cities and prepared without giving due regards to the urban settlement system of the region. The examination of inter-linkages and inter-dependencies of the urban settlements of different sizes help it determining the role of a particular town or city. The Master Plan prepared to best fit the role to be performed makes the town or city to function as a primate settlement or a dependent entity. The nature and magnitude of urban infrastructure to be provided becomes more pragmatic. An analysis of system of urban settlements of Punjab as per Census of India 2011 is done to identify the urban regions for which the Master Plans should be prepared following regionalization approach. This approach helps in determining the role of smaller towns around to act as dormitory or satellite towns around the primate city. An effort is made to appraise the local planning area (LPA) earmarked for Master Plan purposes against the urban regions identified through the study.
Keywords: Built environment, master plan, urban system, urban settlements, rapid urbanization
[This article belongs to International Journal of Landscape Planning and Architecture(ijlpa)]
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|Received||October 3, 2022|
|Accepted||October 17, 2022|
|Published||October 27, 2022|