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  Madras Miscellany
The Hindu

Former Chief Minister Kalaignar Karunanidhi should be a happy man if he gets hold of a copy of Architecture in India since 1990 by Prof. Rahul Mehrotra, well-known Mumbai architect and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard University (U.S.). Mehrotra might during his presentation on the book in Madras recently have made passing reference to the Kalaignar's obsessive project as being a building more akin to a modern Reichstag, but he obviously had thought enough about it to include it in his book as one of the landmark creations of the last 20 years. Of the building raised in a rush to be a new Millennium Tamil Nadu Legislative and Secretariat Complex, Mehrotra writes, “One of the first examples of a state assembly building in the post-liberalisation era in India is the State Assembly.” And he added in his presentation that it was probably intended to reflect the modernity and internationalisation prevalent in a State seeking global investment in almost every field from industry to infrastructure. The one feature of the building which struck Mehrotra the most was “the creation of a courtyard element for usage in various forms — a central plaza, an access and distribution area, and an open water tank …” He adds, “The urban plaza circle marks the perimeter for all other subordinate bracketing structures, thus notionally forming the ‘hinge' between the people and the elected government.”

Govt refuses to relax land norm for high rises
Hindustan Times

The state government has turned down the proposal of Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to drastically reduce the land requirement for developing high rise townships, saying that the existing civic infrastructure of the Millennium City may collapse if more residential complexes are allowed. The MCG had mooted the proposal to reduce the land requirement under its jurisdiction to facilitate developers to set up more projects. However, the town and country planning department that regulates the real estate development turned down the MCG request, saying that more real estate development would put extra pressure on the existing civic infrastructure such as sewerage and water supply lines, drainage system and road network. It was proposed to reduce land requirement to five acres from minimum 100 acres for a plotted colony and to one acre from minimum 10 acres for high rise gated community projects.

As cities grow, transportation plans must head for the future
The Times of India

One of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission's (JNNURM) visions is to have cities where the public mass transport system rules. Which is why projects like the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) have become so important in Pune and Ahemdabad . But experts say that in states like Maharashtra where urban corridors in the vicinity of the cities are emerging as a result of intensified urbanisation, the city-centric focus of urban transportation must change to include a larger area that will cater to an urban conglomeration.

Derbyshire town centre plans for more improvements
BBC News

Residents in a Derbyshire town are set to find out what plans are in store for their town centre.
Derbyshire Dales District Council began work to regenerate the centre of Matlock three years ago, improving Crown Square and Matlock Bridge. A consultant's report into the next phase of work will be presented to the council on 9 September. Latest plans include a major new retail scheme on Bakewell Road and extra car parking for the town centre.

Comprehensive parking policy the need of the hour'
The Times Of India

The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) is planning to come up with a comprehensive parking policy for the twin township area.
Expressing the need for such a policy, municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma on Tuesday said that pedestrian safety issues need to be considered comprehensively while planning for road traffic and transportation projects.

State to amend Town Planning Act: Minister

Karnataka Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar has informed that government is planning to bring an amendment to the Karnataka Town and Country Planning Act, 1961 based on model of a legislation developed by Town Planning Organisation, New Delhi.
Speaking to newpersons after reviewing the work of Department of Urban Development here today the minister said the Town Planning Department has been asked to prepare a draft of the Act in two months time.

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