Urban Development at #CK2018

April 5th 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Session: Planned and Serviced Land for Urban Expansion 

Venue: Marigold 

Round Table: Financing a Virtuous Cycle of Integrated Land Development through Alternative State-Led Mechanisms 

WRI India is set to release a publication titled “State Led Alternative Mechanisms to Acquire, Plan and Service Land for Urbanization in India” during the Connect Karo Conference to be held from 4-6 April 2018 in New Delhi. A brief presentation will be made by the authors of the publication on the findings and recommendations of the publication. For the integrated development of land and the introduction of public purposes, 4 aspects need to be addressed together which are i) the acquisition of land, ii) its planning iii) its servicing and iv) the capture of its value post development. Capturing of the value of land is embedded in the various State led mechanisms through development charges, betterment levies, land sale/ mortgage proceedings etc. However, an assessment of whether the value captured in one scheme/ project by the public agency is sufficient to fund a subsequent land and services development scheme needs to be ascertained. If this is achieved within the State led mechanisms, then it sets in motion a virtuous cycle, allowing city peripheries to get planned and serviced to meet the demands of rapid urbanisation. This will thereby reduce the dependence of the urban authorities on debts and associated financial risks in land development. The session will convene key experts and knowledge from across India to discuss the same. 

April 5th 2:00pm – 6:00pm 

Session: Ideation lab: Contextualizing Value Capture for Operationalizing Transit Oriented Development in Indian Cities 

Venue: Marigold 

To facilitate a common understanding amongst stakeholders (developers, financing institutions, government and citizens) of value capture for operationalizing the Metro rail policy, WRI India, is organizing an ideation lab at our flagship annual conference - Connect Karo 2018. The aim is to hold a discourse on value capture mechanisms by identifying challenges and opportunities in Indian cities, sharing global and local (India specific) case studies, and ideating on suitable mechanism and way forward for various stakeholders in the Indian context. The ideation lab with distinguished experts will convene, deliberate on and build capacities of the actors involved in operationalizing the Metro Rail policy through value capture. 

Panel Discussion

  • Mr. Paritosh Gupta, CEO, IL & FS, IDC
  • Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Chairman, TIFAC committee & Secretary MoUD (Retd.)
  • Mr.Sumit Ghosh, Regional Head, Citibank
  • Mr. O.P Agarwal, CEO, WRI India
  • Shreya Gadepalli, South Asia Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)

Moderator: Dr. Aniruddha Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

April 6th 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Session: Clean Air Action Plans 

Venue: Marigold 

The session will begin with a high-level overview of Delhi’s “known necessaries” – the set of shifts that would need to happen in the city and its air-shed in order to achieve cleaner air. 

· WRI Presentation on what we know needs to happen 

· Keynote speech on the small stumbling blocks 

· Followed by breakout sessions, in which working groups comprising representatives of public, private, and community actors with expertise in particular solutions areas will work in parallel to develop 3-5 year action plans, estimates of resources required, and wish lists for public, private, and community contributions to achieving targets associated with cleaner air. 

The session will close with a brief presentation from each working group on the combination of resources (money, authority, technology, behavior change, and human capital) needed to achieve the target. WRI team moderator will then synthesize and highlight possible ways to line up these resources. 

April 6th 2:30pm-6:00pm 

Session: Roundtable on “People, Housing and Transit- the Question of Affordable Housing and Accessibility” 

Venue: Marigold 

To facilitate an understanding of the relation of people, housing, transit and to seek answers to the question of access to affordable housing in the era of landmark reforms and rapid urbanization, WRI India, is organizing a round table discussion at Connect Karo 2018, our flagship annual conference. The aim is to discuss at a macro level, the issue of housing affordability in global cities and in India, and more closely, the impact of large infrastructure investments (such as mass transit) on housing, how the private sector can contribute effectively and what can be plausible ways forward for Indian cities to close the gap in affordable housing. The round table with distinguished experts will convene, deliberate and build better understanding among the diverse actors involved in bridging the affordable housing gap. 

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Prof. PSN Rao, Director, School of Planning and Architecture and Chairman DUAC

Roundtable Experts:

  • Mr. P.S. Uttarwar, Addl. Commissioner, DDA (Retd.), Consultant, DDA and Consultant, IRSDC
  • Mr. Paresh Sharma, Chief Town Planner, Govt. of Gujarat
  • Mr. Sivamathan, Director finance, NMRCL and erstwhile GM Finance DMRC
  • Mr. Ravikant Joshi, Team Leader to technical support group, National Urban Livelihood Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) 
  • Dr. Sudhir Krishna, Chairman, TIFAC committee on Technology Needs Assessment for Sustainable Habitats and Former Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development.
  • Mr. Swetal Kanwalu, AGM (Planning), MMRCL
  • Ms. Rekha Dewani, Chief Architect, Wave Infratech Pvt. Ltd
  • Mr. Subhash Vashisth, Director, Jindal Group
  • Mr. Tarun Sharma, Director and Co-founder of Nagrika
  • Mr. Girish K.S., Local Director - Strategic Consulting, JLL
  • Mr. Sanchit Bhatia, Senior Associate, Brookfields
  • Mr. Ankush Malhotra, Sr. Vice President, UMTC (TBC)
  • Ms. Mriganka, Principal, HTAU
  • Mr. Sumit Ghosh, Regional Head, Citibank
  • Mr. Palash Srivastava, Director, IDFC
  • Mr. Bhupesh Rathore, President, Yes Bank
  • Mr. Paritosh Gupta, CEO, IL & FS
  • Prof. V.K. Phatak, Dean faculty of Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) university and Chief Planner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) (Retd.)
  • Mr. Sunil Agarwal, Associate Dean and Director of school of Real estate, RICS and Managing Director, BlackOlives venture
  • Ms. Jaya Dhindaw, Director Integrated Urban Practice, WRI India

Moderator: Dr. Jessica Seddon, Global Director, Integrated Urban Practice

April 6th 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Session: Data Driven Cities 

Venue: Willow 

The session on Data Driven Cities will act as a platform for key stakeholders (Public, Academia, Industry and Government) to discuss about the challenges and opportunities for alignment in data sourcing, sharing and analytics. The panel will deliberate on the ways to converge the efforts of government, private, non-profit, academia and others in this direction and make cities socially inclusive, economically vibrant and ecologically sustainable, through data-driven platforms and thus, evidence-based planning and decision making. 

The session will focus on the following: 

• Ways to address the issues in accessing, analysing and visualizing data (Open data, tools) 

• How data could transform the service delivery, public participation and businesses in cities 

• Better utilization for data in planning and management of cities (land allocation, prediction, preparedness and resilience) 

• Ways to address the issues with the existing institutional resources and legal frameworks (Manpower, capacities, funding, data security) 


Dr.AK Jain, Commissioner (Retired), DDA

Dr.Daniel Shah, Director, Research Councils UK in India (TBC)

Dr.Jagan Shah, Director, NIUA (TBC)

Mr.Shiv Marwaha, Associate, WWF India

Mr.Gaurav Anand, Chief Manager, Environment & Sustainability, JUSCO

Mr.Thejesh, Chairman, Datameet

Mr.Teja Malladi, Senior Associate (Practice), IIHS

Mr.Vishwajeet Singh, Program Officer (Spatial Analytics), WWF India

Ms.Jessica Seddon, Director of Integrated Urban Strategy, WRI

Ms.Jaya Dhindaw, Director of Integrated Urban Practice, WRI India

Mr.V.SuryaPrakash, Associate, WRI India

April 6th 2:00pm – 6:00pm 

Session: Last Mile Connectivity 

Venue: Willow 

The session entitled ‘Can you get me from A to B please?’ explores tested approaches and lessons learnt on enabling intermodal integration and last-mile connectivity for sustainable urban mobility. With a focus on bridging existing gaps in urban transportation, the session brings together research institutes, mobility service providers and policy makers to explore new and tested models of innovation and collaboration, and to understand their potential for scaling up while minimizing negative impacts such as congestion, inequity of access, carbon emissions and air pollution.

The session is jointly organized by partners of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). TUMI, initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is one of the central implementation commitments for the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and part of the Quito Implementation Plan (QIP). TUMI paves the way for global shifts in transportation and mobility by supporting transport system management and urban mobility efficiency in African, Asian and Latin American cities.

The following topics will be taken up during the session:




Introduction to TUMI and the setting the context of the workshop

Sarah Habersack-Project manager, GIZ Smart-SUT 

& Chhavi Dhingra,Head-Capacity Building

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH 

 & World Resources Institute (WRI)

Public private collaboration for enabling last-mile connectivity to mass transit and enhancing the delivery of mobility services: case study from Bengaluru

Sudeept Maiti- Senior Manager & Chaitanya Kanuri- Senior Project Associate


Mobility Stations as a tool for Intermodal connections: learnings from Leipzig, Germany.

Jan Rickmeyer, Transport Policy Advisor


How non-motorized transport can enable seamless connectivity between different modes, and the role of policy frameworks in facilitating this (case studies from Chennai and Pune)

Aswathy Dilip, Senior Programme Manager

Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP)

Electric mobility in Indian cities

Vijay Saini,Senior Programme Officer

ICLEI-  Local Governments for Sustainability

Financing integrated mobility solutions in Indian cities

Pascal Saavedra-Lux, Senior Sector Specialist -Urban Development


Addressing sustainable intermodal connectivity in México City

Jüergen Baumann, GIZ Advisor at Connective Cities and the C40 Cities Finance Facility

C40 Finance Facility


The session will be in the format of an interactive roundtable, with presentations followed by multi-stakeholder discussions. The session is expected to be of relevance to urban and transit authorities, traditional and new mobility service providers, and policy makers.