Mukta Naik



Mukta Naik


Centre for Policy Research

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Pickup point/Address

Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021

Area of expertise

Urban planning and policy

Brief Profile of Speaker 

Mukta Naik, senior researcher at CPR, is an architect and urban planner. Her research interests include housing and urban poverty, urban informality, and internal migration, as well as urban transformations in small cities. At CPR, she focuses on understanding the links between internal migration and urbanisation in the Indian context.

Prior to joining CPR, she worked withmicro Home Solutions on a number of community-based interventions to improve housing in informal settlements. Ms Naik has written widely in the print and digital media and has also run a market research and media services company. As trustee for two NGOs that are located in Gurgaon and Uttarakhand, she is involved with community development initiatives in rural and urban locations.

Ms Naik is a graduate of the School of Planning and Architecture, where she is also a visiting faculty member. She has a master’s in urban and regional planning from Texas A&M University.

Working Group

 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

Quasi-formal transportation in the urban periphery: Regulatory notes

Coverage of presentation

Based on a survey of users and operators of auto rickshaws in Kolkata, as well as FGDs with operators of battery operated ‘totos’ in the periphery of the city, a study by Centre for Policy Research, iTrans and Centre for urban Economic Studies, University of Calcutta finds a regulatory lacuna in the management of intermediate public transport options in the peri urban areas of Kolkata. We contend that the growth of the transportation sector in the periphery has much to do with inadequate employment opportunities and easy loans for vehicles and poor regulation as well. The regulation and management of IPT requires considerable attention.Nevertheless, our study finds that IPT is a workable solution to fulfill transportation of megacity regions, both in peripheral and inner city geographies.