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Union Home Ministry appoints committee for Seemandhra State Capital


March 28, 2014 - Hyderabad

The Union Home Ministry on Friday appointed a five member committee headed by Town planning former Secretary K Sivaramakrishnan.

The other members of the Committee who are experts in town planning and town formation Prof K.T. Ravindran, Prof Jagan Shah, Aromar Revi and Dr. Rathin Roy. The Union Home Ministry directed the committee to submit a report by August 31. The committee will look into the feasibility for forming a State Capital for the residuary Andhra Pradesh. It will take into considerations the names of the towns in the air viz., Nellore, Tirupati, Kurnool, Ongole, Vijayawada and Guntur, proposed Greenfield City.

Centre appoints advisors to Governors

In another development, the Centre has appointed two advisors to the Governor. S. Salahuddin Ahmed, former CS of Rajasthan and A.N. Roy, former Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, have been appointed as the advisors.

Prof. K Sivaramakrishnan, IAS

After joining the IAS in 1958 and holding various assignments in West Bengal, served as Secretary and Chief Executive of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority. In 1985 he joined as first Project Director of the Central Ganga Authority which pioneered a programme to combat pollution in the Ganges river and concurrently as Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment. Became Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development in 1988 and was personally involved in the legislation to amend Constitution to provide a framework for decentralisation and empowerment of rural and urban local bodies. Eventually 73rd and 74th Amendments became part of the Constitution. He retired in 1992.

Joins World Bank: He joined the World Bank as Senior Advisor, Urban Management. Since his return in 1996, has been associated with the Centre for Policy Research and the Institute of Social Sciences. Trained in economics, political science and law, he has authored several books and papers on urban management, decentralization, electoral reforms and environment. His latest book “Revisioning Indian Cities: The Urban Renewal Mission published by Sage was released in August 2011.

Prof. KT Ravindran

Prof K.T. Ravindran is Dean Emeritus at the RICS School of Built Environment. He was earlier a Dean and Professor and Head of the Department of Urban Design at School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi for over two decades. He is also the Founder and President of the Institute of Urban Designers - India, a professional association of qualified urban designers. Prof. Ravindran is a member of the academic boards of a number of universities in India and teaches classes such as “Urban Morphology” and “Humanizing Cities”. His work focuses on the development of cities, and more specifically on the inclusion and conservation of heritage buildings in modern urban spaces.

Prof.Jagan Shah

Jagan Shah is Director of the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi. Shah has served as Director of the Sushant School of Architecture in Gurgaon and has taught at the School of Planning & Architecture since 1998. From 2007 to 2010, he was Chief Executive of Urban Space Consultants, providing consultancy in policy formulation, spatial planning, heritage conservation, transportation and livelihoods development, for clients such as Infrastructure Development Finance Company, Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transport System, Jaipur Virasat Foundation, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, India Foundation for the Arts and others.

Aromar Revi

Aromar Revi is an international consultant, practitioner and researcher with nearly twenty-five years of inter-disciplinary experience in public policy, governance, and institutional development and the political economy of reform, development, technology and sustainability. He is the Director of the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS) - India’s first independent national University to address challenges of urbanisation through an integrated programme of education, research, consulting and advisory services.

Dr. Rathin Roy

Rathin Roy is the Director in the rank and pay of Secretary to the Government of IndiaInstitute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi.He held many positions including Regional Manager, UNDP and Director Asia Pacific Regional Centre, United Nations Development Programme Bangkok among many.

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