India launches LAP and TPS to fast track smart cities progress

LAP And TPS

To fast track the resolution of area based infrastructure issues, the union housing and urban affairs ministry launched the Local Area Plan (LAP) and Town Plan Schemes (TPS) for 25 smart cities in the country, under which the ministry will provide Rs 2 crore as central assistance to every city for planned urban expansion. The central assistance shall be released in three installments; 20% with submission of preliminary proposal, 40% during submission of draft plan and remaining 40% during submission of final plan.

The LAP and TPS has been formulated under the AMRUT to enable planning for developing infrastructure in the brownfield areas (those parts of the city that are already developed but not able to sustain the pressure on the existing infrastructure) and the greenfield areas (periphery of the city that is prone to haphazard growth and development), respectively. They will be implemented in 25 selected cities on pilot basis. The existing areas or brownfield areas can be redeveloped by preparing LAP. While at the same time, the TPS can be implemented for planned urban expansion in the peripheral greenfield areas.

The scheme will enable the selected cities to formulate LAP and TPS for which 100% central assistance would be available. Based on the formulation of LAPs and TPS by the city concerned, prioritization of urban infrastructure projects would be taken up.

The exercise of preparing LAP and TPS is expected to be completed in a period of one year; the preliminary proposal in two months, the draft plan in 10 months. Town and Country Planning Organization (TCPO) will provide handholding support to the state nodal agency.