Assessing Urban Open spaces in Township Planning


Authors : Anmol Sharma; Neeti Khanna

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 4 - April

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6542874

Open spaces are defined as the areas that are not only green but accessible and open to the sky. The operation of public open spaces has long been regarded as an important part of domestic development in land use planning. This is not far from the prescriptions in the planning of townships which is unfortunately not being properly managed, implemented and maintained. Today open spaces in many townships lacks in usability and accessibility and do not meant the standards which make a space usable. Looking at present scenario in Jaipur, Rajasthan Township Policy, 2010 is used for planned / integrated development in urban area. But due to lack of specification related to open spaces in township policy and provision of developing townships as small as less than 2 Ha, the kind of open spaces provided by the private developers are generally either leftover spaces after plotted development or sub divided in small parcels throughout the township, fulfilling only the wholesome quantity of open spaces as per the policy but fails in its quality and usability. This research delves into evaluating the specification for open spaces in present township policy 2010, and recommending the gaps by relating it with URDPFI guidelines and township policies of other states to provide the missing standards that will check quality of open spaces provided. Also, looking at successful mechanisms used by other states for developing their urban areas, a proposal of TP Scheme at sector/neighborhood level is also proposed as an alternate to use of township policy, which provides infrastructure and facilities in an planned manner, increases the usage and values of land, and contains unorganized development through systematic land use planning.

Keywords : Open spaces, Jaipur, Township Policy, usability, URDPFI guidelines, township planning, TP Scheme.

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