Planning systems to support the challenges of rapidly growing cities: Lessons from Mumbai

  • Date: Wednesday, 14 October 2015
  • Venue: TIPS Boardroom, 227 Lange St, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers: UMA ADUSUMILLA


Uma Adusumilli has been heading the Regional Planning department in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), an institution that has wide scope for Regional Planning & Development, Financing, Institution Building and Co-ordination for the last eleven years.  Prior to that, she worked for 15 years as an Urban Planner with the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), a new town planning and development agency, on the project of planning and development of Navi Mumbai newtown.

She holds a Masters Degree in Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India (1987) and also a M.Sc in Urban Housing Management from IHS, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and the Lund University of Sweden (2003).

She had a career spanning over 26 years across the  spectrum of spatial planning with focus on housing, urban and regional planning. In addition to her career in the public sector, she has been involved in research, representing India in the International Comparative Research projects between 1995 and 2004 on housing for the low income groups with emphasis on land supply, regulatory framework and partnerships.