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Masters in City Planning | II Sem Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

The Musi River flows through Hyderabad and covers a distance of 28 km within the city. It broadly divides the city into Old city and New city. Today, the river has become a receptacle of untreated domestic and industrial waste dumping out of Hyderabad.



The project aims at revitalization of a stretch of land along the river Musi, in Hyderabad, and to propose activities that improve the present scenario and can add to the economic development of the region. The site under consideration is a 1.5 km stretch along the river at a major intersection that connects to the old city of Hyderabad a major commercial and cultural link. The basic approach was to transform the demarcated area into a heritage corridor with associated activities that can ameliorate the ecological and socio-economic condition of the region.

musi riverfront revitalisation

heritage precint, hyderabad

Zoning Considerations included Climate, Topography, Visibility, Accessibility, Ecology, Watersheet locations, Site Density, on the basis of which the various activities and zones were distributed.

Conceptual Analysis Developing on the basis of the existing heritage structures of Hyderabad

musi riverfront revitalisation

heritage precint, hyderabad

musi riverfront revitalisation

heritage precint, hyderabad






The project was divided into three major components - The river walk - The Ecological Park SITE PLAN - The Heritage Precinct


mapping ward 34, kharagpur

The underlying purpose of the task was to study a ward and comprehend the landuse pattern and thus analyse the reasons for the existing trend . A ward area (No. 34) in Kharagpur town had to be mapped and its landuse distribution plotted. Further, the incompatible or discordant landuse typologies were identified and issues concerning the landuse distribution were highlighted. CLIMATIC ANALYSIS The ward area was firstly analysed based on climatic conditions and the natural topography of the region that gave a clear idea regarding the distribution of activities over the ward. It also emphasized the potential sites and discordant sites over the ward.

NATURAL FEATURES An Irrigational Canal Kansaboti runs along the Southern end of the ward. The area south to the canal is primarily agricultural. Few areas along the canal are marshy. Planned Settlements are present on the plain areas.

OBSERVATIONS The height from the sea level goes on decreasing towards South and East. The highest point of this Ward is at the centre and the North. Natural drainage follows the arrows in red. The area shown with darker gradation indicate lower areas with maximum water logging during rainy seasons. Areas depicted with lighter gradation more suitable for habitation and justify the pattern of land uses found out during survey.

Drainage Pattern

mapping ward 34, kharagpur

Mapping the physical and social infrastructure elements brought to foreground the adequacy of provision of various services. Some zones were found to have adequate amenities While some lacked basic amenities such as drinking water. This highlighted the disparity in the ward on the basis of economic status. As per the given ward administrative boundary for ward no. 34: Total Area 157.94 Ha Total Population (2001 data) 8000 approx. Rate of Growth in 2012 3% of the total population Current population - 8240 Density of ward 52 persons per Ha.

landuse study of ward 34

plotting through primary survey

The prominent feature of the landuse analysis was the improper distribution of social infrastructure and open spaces.

Analyzing the Plot sizes

landuse study of ward 34


Analyzing the land Price

landuse study of ward 34


An area of 80 Ha was designed to permit equitable distribution of all population


Gross Area: 78 Ha Gross Density: 20-30 DUs/ Ha Expected Population: 11700 Expected No. of Dwelling Units: 2340 No. of Households under Group Housing category: 35% : 819 No. of Households under Plotted Housing category: 65% : 1521

neighborhood planning
Site Potential/ Constraints Canal at Southern end of site Arterial roads north and east of site Forest areas at the corner of the site Requirements Central Location of Major Commercial and institutional activities Industrial zone located close to the main road and EWS Housing Segregation of Industrial from Residential Areas HIG Housing on southern zone of the site, a little farther from the main roads for seclusion and fresh breeze Group Housing provision for UMIG, MIG, and LIG Provision of Multiple central green spaces



neighborhood planning


institution planning & design

Site planning and Design of an Educational Institution over an area of 6.5 ha. The Centre for Advanced Biomedical Engineering has 4 departments namely, Micro Biology,, genetic Engineering, Biomechatronics, and Tissue Engineering along with hostel faculties and faculty housing.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Library Institute of Microbiology Institute of Tissue Engineering Simulaiton Paviliion Institute of Genetic Engineering Institute of Biomechatronics Archives 8 Auditorium 9 Administration Block 10 Hostel Block 1 11 Hostel Block 2 12 Hostel Block 3 13 Guest House 9 14 Dispensary 10

Residential Zone Clinical research Center

The project is an introduction to site planning of a comparatively smaller scale. The task was to plan for a residential development in an area of 6.55 acres. The given site was planned after meticulous calculations Dwelling Unit areas and FAR. And later calculating the effective Density, water requirement, and other physical and social infrastructure.

site planning
residential development
The task aimed at appropriate facilities and infrastructure planning and management. Highlighted the approach to incorporate quantitative aspects of planning into the qualitative domain of design.


tessellation models
to tackle issues in slum housing programmes
Winning entry in the Micro PG category at the 11th International Conference for Good Governance- Municipalika. The paper highlighted application of tessellation planning in solving certain micro level issues in housing programmes.

Slum improvement programmes do not address specifically to certain micro level issues.The research aims to incorporate tessellation planning to re-strategize models in slum free planning, where relocation is the only solution for untenable slums. The process also includes addressing micro level issues through Tessellation planning for Acceptance.

Tessellation planning, or more specifically Honeycomb Housing (in terms of residential typology of use), has an additive base of: - Mathematics: to support the geometry, layout and the desired dwelling unit density. (QUANTITATIVE) - Socio-cultural aspects: of space and relative proxemics, human psychology and ethnic grouping. (QUALITATIVE)

tessellation models
to tackle issues in slum housing programmes
The Slum for which the model was designed is located in the heart of Rourkela close to the Malgodam where the Freight Yard is present. It is a densely packed slum/ basti situated on encroached railway land ,identified under RAY Residents are majorly engaged in Steel Works, animal rearing, carpentry and welding. Infrastructure provided by the Municipality in-sufficient. (Community taps present, absence of toilets -open defecation practiced, presence of kutcha roads, and open drains) Investigative Experiment: A Few Details Area Existing No of D.U.s Scenario 8.8 Ha (~88000sq.m.) 329 Existing Situation (At present as per observations) 329 37 D.U. / Ha Open 10% of total area About 3.9 kms 3.6 Ha Estimated at 28% of total area (including few roads existing and under construction) Expected Changes on adopting a Tessellation model 522 (increased about 1.58 times) 59 D.U. / Ha About 38% of total area About 2.4 kms 1.9 Ha Estimated at 15% of total area by

No. of D.U.s Density Green Spaces

Road Length Road Area Concreted Area

tessellation models
to tackle issues in slum housing programmes

The positive results encourages the use of tessellation for planning. However, as the economic aspects of such form of planning in Indian context has not been done earlier, a feasible option would be to experiment by introducing it on small scale model settlement systems.