The single-agency approach to city development, coupled with disincentivising unplanned growth, has been adopted internationally. In India, the ball often gets tossed between the two leading heads-the mayor and the municipal commissioner.
As urban commute continues to be more nightmarish with each passing day, the factors are too obvious, but what can our newer cities learn from the chaos that bad planning has wrought upon India's largest cities? Instead of reducing distances and commuters, attempts have been on increasing them.
National Urban Transport Policy [NUTP] was cleared initially way back in 2006, with a vision statement, to "make our cities the most liveable in the world and enable them to become the engines of economic growth". Given the organisation of our cities' infrastructure, it will be a mammoth task for any city to bring order and predictability, let alone promote sustainable forms of transport.