Policy Cornerstones for the Next Leap: Summary of Discussions

IIHS | 2023


The UPD is a flagship IIHS event hosted by the IIHS Practice Programme. It has, since 2014  brought together in the last week of November, India’s leading urban thinkers and practitioners. They come together under one roof to reflect on the state of the urban and the policy agenda needed to realise the rich development possibilities India’s urbanisation presents. Past editions of the event have informed several national and state level policy stances. These, in turn, have gone on to shape the country’s urbanisation.

The ninth edition of the UPD was held at IIHS’ Bengaluru City Campus over 29-30 November 2023 on the theme of Urban India: Policy Cornerstones for the Next Leap. UPD 2023 engaged about 60 participants from diverse spheres of action – policy, regulation, business, finance,
research and academia – in discussions on six key themes that will determine the future of Indian cities: economic growth and development policy; governance and administrative reforms; city and infrastructure financing; improved land management; re-imagining infrastructure as service; and, promoting green innovation.