Dec 9, 2011

Participatory Planning: Interoperability of stakeholders for sustainable planning

By - Anoop Jha

Interoperability to fast forward urban and regional planning process

In a democratic setting, urban and regional planning projects are implemented through participatory process and evolves  many stakeholders including planners, individuals, agencies, NGOs, authorities, states and political fraternity and to hence presents a complex challenge to bring all these stakeholders at the same platform and consensus, in the set period of time. Success of project depends on the “Interoperability” of these stakeholders, lesser the friction faster would be the job done.    

Interoperability is a functional aspect of planning during project lifecycle and its operation and maintenance period. It can be defined as an index of interaction of different agencies working together for implementing and operating a planning project. There can be different issues in interoperability like, interstate resource dispute, disagreement on resource allocation, conflict of interest, environmental concerns over negative externalities of project. There is a growing need for strategic intervention at different levels of planning process for a consensus on interoperability for sustainable planning. It’s a tool for cohesive planning process and the need of time.    
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