Urban Spatial Data Framework for Small and Medium Towns


Historically, only large cities and metropolitan areas were considered to be the ‘engines of economic growth’. The focus of various government policies, programs, schemes, etc. related to urban spatial planning was largely focused on development of metropolitan areas and large cities. More recently however, it has been acknowledged that these Small and Medium Towns (SMTs) play a vital role in maintaining the hierarchy of urban structure and inducing overall growth within the region. These towns may also play a vital role in providing socio-economic linkages to both cities and rural areas. They require equal attention and priority in driving them towards planned growth in the future. This study analyses the existing spatial planning and data framework for Small and Medium Towns in India. It aims to suggest various strategies to standardize the spatial planning and data capturing approach for Small and Medium Towns in India.