National Workshop on “Learnings from Odisha’s Efforts of Building Resilient Cities”

Date and Time

January 28, 2022

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Online via Zoom

Shantanu Mitra

Head, Infrastructure and Urban Development, British High Commission, New Delhi, India

Kunal Kumar

IAS, Joint Secretary and Mission Director (Smart Cities), MoHUA

Anindita Mukherjee

Associate Fellow, CPR

Antarin Chakraborty

Associate Fellow, CPR

Harsh Kothari

Policy & Governance Specialist, World Bank

Shoubhik Ganguly

Senior Infrastructure Advisor, British High Commission, New Delhi, India

Moderator Shubhagato Dasgupta

Senior Fellow, CPR

Daljeet Kaur

Climate and Environment Adviser, British High Commission, New Delhi, India

On behalf of Housing and Urban Development Department (H&UDD), Government of Odisha and British High Commission in India, the Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) initiative at Centre for Policy Research is pleased to invite you to:

National Workshop
“Learnings from Odisha’s Efforts of Building Resilient Cities”

The session will be online via Zoom, Please register here. The session will also be live-streamed on the CPR Facebook page.

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 Time  Thematic Area  Speaker
 14:00 –   14:10  Welcome Remarks & Setting the   Context  Shantanu Mitra, Head, Infrastructure and Urban   Development, British High Commission, New Delhi,   India
 14:10 –   14:25  Address   Kunal Kumar, IAS, Joint Secretary and Mission   Director (Smart Cities), MoHUA
 14:25 –   14:50  Presentation on Odisha’s Efforts for   Smart and Inclusive Urban   Development   G. Mathi Vathanan, IAS, Principal Secretary, HUDD,Govt of Odisha
 14:50 –   14:55  Launch of the Knowledge Products  By Dignitaries
 14:55 –   15:00  Vote of thanks  Anindita Mukherjee, Associate Fellow, CPR
 Session 1:  New Habitat Planning through Smart Geospatial Tool
Moderated by: Shubhagato Dasgupta, Senior Fellow, CPR 
 15:00 –    15:10  Online tool for city-level Slum free   planning – Learning from Odisha  Antarin Chakraborty, Associate Fellow, CPR
 15:10 –    15:50  Panel Discussion
 M. Govinda Rao, IAS, MD, Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board, GoTN (tbc)
 Anoop Kaur, Manager (Urban Planning), PMIDC, Dept. of Local Government, Punjab
 Ajay Suri, Senior Adviser, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
 Banashree Banerjee, Planning and Housing Expert, India
 15:50 –    15:55  Moderated Q & A
 Session 2:  Livelihood and Urban Wage Employment Initiative for the Urban Poor
Moderated by: Daljeet Kaur, Climate and Environment Adviser, British High Commission, New Delhi,   India 
 15:55 –  16:05  Urban Wage Employment Initiative,   Odisha  Harsh Kothari, Policy & Governance Specialist,   World Bank
 16:05 –   16:45  Panel Discussion
 Shiv Das Meena, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply   Department, TN (tbc)
 Dr. Rajan Chedambath, Director, C-HED, Kochi, Govt of Kerala (tbc)
 Shantanu Mitra, Head, Infrastructure and Urban Development, British High Commission, New   Delhi, India
 Hitesh Vaidya, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA)
 Amita Bhide, Professor, School of Habitat Studies, Centre for Environmental Health, TISS
 16:45 –    16:50  Moderated Q & A
 16:50 –    17:00  Closing Remarks  Shoubhik Ganguly, Senior Infrastructure Advisor,   British High Commission, New Delhi, India

About the Webinar

The challenges associated with the rising slum population are not new. The increased vulnerability of India’s urban poor since the onset of COVID-19 has once again brought to our attention the insecurity of tenure, fragile living conditions, livelihood, and socio-economic status of the urban poor. The state of Odisha embarked on a journey in addressing these challenges with the implementation of the JAGA Mission by providing land rights to the slum dwellers in its first phase. Building on the same, Odisha formulated programmes for providing access to basic infrastructure, strengthening communities, and providing gainful employment opportunities. Odisha is the first state in India to develop the Urban Wage Employment Initiative (UWEI) – MUKTA to tackle the livelihood crisis of the urban poor in the face of the ongoing pandemic. Around 450,000 urban poor slum dwellers were engaged in the creation of urban infrastructure for slum upgradation in convergence with the JAGA Mission. It not only protected their incomes amidst the ongoing pandemic but also created community assets, strengthened community institutions, enhanced ecological resilience, and applied innovative technologies to enhance the sustainability of welfare schemes and measures.

The H&UDD-BHC-CPR partnership for “Building State Capacities for land, planning and slum upgrading for resilient cities in Odisha” has been working closely with the H&UDD, Government of Odisha to roll out the above-mentioned interventions. Under the partnership, three knowledge products on 1) New Habitat 2) Urban Wage Employment Initiative, and 3) Online Tool for City-Level Slum Free Planning, have been developed for documenting the learnings from these endeavors.

In order to disseminate learnings from Odisha’s efforts and deliberate on the interventions taken by the national and other state governments necessary for building resilient cities as we build forward from the ongoing pandemic, a National level dissemination workshop on “Learnings from Odisha’s Efforts of Building Resilient Cities” is being jointly organised by British High Commission, India and SCI-FI CPR in partnership with H&UDD, GoO.


Use of Geospatial Data for Implementation of BASERA by Anoop Kaur.
A Thousand Leaves Online Tool for City Level Slum-Free Planning by Antarin Chakrabarty.
Urban Wage Employment Initiative (UWEI)/MUKTA by Harsh Kothari