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Particulars of the Organization and functions

Town and Country Planning Organisation (TCPO) was created in 1962 by merging the erstwhile Town Planning Organisation (TPO) and Central Regional and Urban Planning Organisation (CRUPO). Since then it has been functioning as a Technical Wing of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. It is an apex technical advisory and consultancy organization on matters concerning urban and regional planning, research, monitoring and evaluation of Central Government schemes. It also advises and assists the State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings on matters pertaining to Town Planning, Metropolitan Planning, Human Settlement Policies, Planning Legislation, Urban and Regional Information System, Urban Mapping and Research & Training. TCPO is a subordinate office of the Ministry. The Chief Planner is the head of the organization who is assisted by a multi-disciplinary team of Town Planners, Architects, Engineers, Social Scientists, Economists, etc. The major functions of the Organisation are given below: 

  • Appraisal and monitoring of central sector projects /programs such as UIDSSMT, NUIS, UIDSST, SMART CITIES, and AMRUT Schemes. 
  • Assistance to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Planning Commission and other central Ministries in the formulation of Town Planning and Urban Development policies and strategies. 
  • Technical advice to State Town and Country Planning Departments, Development Authorities and Public Sector Undertakings. 
  • Undertaking research in the areas of topical interest. 
  • Preparation of Manuals and Guides on various aspects of urban & regional planning and development. 
  • Organizing training programs, conferences and workshops for in-service planners and planning officials in the field of urban and regional planning and development.
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