Amit Bhatt


Amit Bhatt


WRI India

E-mail id

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Pickup point/Address

WW 10, 1st Floor Malbi Town

Area of expertise

Urban Development, Transport Planning, Road Safety, Air Quality  

Brief Profile of Speaker (incl photograph)

Text Box:  Amit is the Director of Integrated Transport at WRI India. He is based in Delhi and provides vision and leadership to all transport initiatives at WRI India. Amit has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Transport Planning. He also has a Master’s degree in Economics and a diploma in Transport Economics and Management. Amit has over 16 years of experience in the field of urban development, transport planning, road safety and architecture.

Working Group

Working Group 1: Session II - Urban and Rural Planning and Management


Sub Theme

Integrated Planning, Management and Governance Structure Imperatives

Duration of presentation

10 minutes (including Q&A)

[Soft copy of presentation maximum of 4-5 slides to be shared by 12th December 2016]

Topic/ Title


Coverage of presentation

The next generation of cities will be very different from those of the past, which requires a re-examination of conventional responses to the challenges of urbanization. It is estimated that the combined populations of China and India—more than 2.5 billion people—will move into the world’s cities by 2050, mostly to cities in Asia and Africa. By mid-century, 52 percent of the world’s total urban population will be in Asia and 21 percent in Africa and therefore, the status quo would not suffice.

While the global poverty rate is falling, the proportion of the poor living in cities is greater than ever before. This makes it harder for cities to provide basic services for all residents. WRI’s research finds that as much as 70 percent of urban residents in emerging and struggling Asian, African and Latin American cities lack reliable access to core services such as housing, water, energy and transportation. City leaders face a tension between meeting the immediate and growing demand for services, and making longer term decisions that affect the built environment.

Sector-specific approaches are a start, but they are not enough. To build thriving cities, we need approaches that transcend isolated sectoral solutions and piecemeal approaches. Urban transformation therefore, would encompass some common features—a strong coalition of urban change agents with a shared vision, successfully addressing a seminal problem that unleashes a cycle of positive change, the availability of financial resources to implement ambitious reforms, and a long-term political commitment.