1. ABOUT THE BOOK
2. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
3. WHY THIS BOOK HAS BE WRITTEN
4. TABLE OF CONTENTS
3. ABOUT THE BOOK
NAME : FUNDAMENTALS OF TOWN PLANNING
PUBLISHUER:DHANPAT RAI PUBLICATIONS(P) LTD.
PRICE :175 RS
1ST EDITION :1989
2ND REVISED EDITION :1993
19TH RE-PRINT :2015
Total No.Of Pages :147
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5. WHY THIS BOOK HAS BE WRITTEN?
• The main aim of this book is to create knowledge for students , the
true concepts of town planning and its fundamentals in bold relief
and at the same time to contain the full aspects of the syllabi of
various Indian Universities .
• Author has made an attempt to enlarge its scope so as to make it
useful to the Councilors, Local Bodies , Legislators , Civic Officials and
Community Development Authorities.
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6. TABLE OF CONTENTS
Total number of Chapters -16
2. Growth of Towns
3. History of town planning in India
4. Elements of City Plan
9. Parks & Playgrounds
10. Public Buildings & Town Centres
12. Communication& Traffic Control
13. Urban renewal and Re planning the Existing towns
14. Master Plan
15. Planning Law and Legislation
16. Village Planning
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7. CHAPTER-1 INTRODUCTION
• In this chapter author gave introduction about Planning and its origin
with these aspects
• Planning Age , Concept of Planning , Concept of Town & Town Planning.
• Aims and Objectives of Town Planning.
• Principals and Necessity of Town Planning .
• Author also discussed about
• Duties and Powers of Town Planning Officer.
• The Great Town Planners of Modern Age and their Principals
a) Sir Patrick Geddes
b) Sir Ebenezer Howard
c) Clarence Stein
• Brief explanation on
• Individuality of Town
• Forms of Planning
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8. CHAPTER 2- GROWTH OF TOWNS
• In this chapter author discussed about
• Origin of Towns
• Types of towns
• Stages in the growth of towns
• Methods of External Growth
• Based on the growth of the towns author has defined growth
according to Origin & Direction .
• Growth according to origin is divided into two types
• Natural and Planned Growth
• Growth according to Direction is divided into two types
• Horizontal and Vertical Growth
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9. CHAPTER 3 –HISTORY OF TOWN PLANNING IN
• This chapter discusses about or says that Town planning is not a new
idea in India . It is as old as its rich Culture and Tradition.
• Brief history of town planning at different periods in India.(3000b.c-
Post Independence (After 1947))
CHAPTER 4 –Elements of City Plan
• This chapter discusses what a town generally consists of
• Town Centre , Suburbs ,Industrial areas ,Network of Roads ,Open Spaces.
• Elements of City Plan
• Distribution of Land
• Method of Financing a Town Planning Scheme
• Aesthetics of Town Planning
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10. CHAPTER- 5 SURVEYS
• This chapter discusses about
• Necessity of surveys
• Collection of Data for Surveys
• Types of Surveys are given with Samples
• Methods Employed To Collect data
• Preparation of Maps and Drawings
• Standard scales and Data representation by using colors and Symbols.
• Finally preparation of Report
CHAPTER- 6 Zoning
• This chapter discusses about
• Importance of zoning
• Classification of zoning
• Use Zoning
• Height Zoning
• Density Zoning
• Zoning powers
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11. CHAPTER- 7 HOUSING
• In this chapter Author described about the necessity of housing for
• Main aspects of this chapter are
• lay out of residential units are to be considered principals of Neighborhood
Planning and how a neighborhood Unit Planning should be done and given
examples of Reilly Plan and Radburn Plan.
• Types of Layouts , Classification of housing , Housing Problems in India ,
Agencies for Housing Schemes are mentioned .
• This chapter starts with Meaning of Slum and Discusses about Causes
, Effects on Town Life .
• Precautions to be taken against formation of Slums and Slum
• How financial assistance for Slum Clearance schemes
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12. CHAPTER-9 PARKS AND PLAY GROUNDS
• This chapter starts with necessity of Recreational facilities , Types
Forms , Designs ,Park systems , Standards of Open Spaces and gives a
brief explanation why Urban areas need Open spaces.
CHAPTER-10 Public Buildings & Town Centres
• Author describes how Public Buildings & Town Centres are important , grouping
of public buildings their locations and types of Public Buildings
• He also explained about what are the Major Buildings should be at town Centre
• Main administrative , business n entertainment , and cultural center of town .
• This chapter starts with general scenario of industries in India and how rapidly
they are growing , where Industrial sites should be located , planning for
industrial areas , industrial waste , effects and treatment of industrial wastes
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13. CHAPTER-12 COMMUNICATON AND TRAFFIC
• This chapter deals with need for communication and transport facilities
and Functions of roads
• Important Aspects Mentioned
• Requirements of Ideal City Road
• Aesthetics and Design Considerations of town roads their classifications , Types
,Traffic Management , Surveys , Congestion in Cities , Remedies for Traffic Control
and congestion and road elements etc.. Are explained in this chapter
CHAPTER-13 Urban renewal and Re planning the
• This chapter discusses about necessity of re-planning andobject of
re-planning , what data to be collected .
• Author discussed about URBAN RENEWAL and its advantages.
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14. CHAPTER-14 MASTER PLAN
• This chapter starts with definition of master plan , its objectives ,
Necessity , how data to be collected , preparation maps , stages and
implementation of master plan are clearly explained with legal status
of master plan in India
CHAPTER-15 PLANNING LAW AND LEGISLATION
• Necessity and evolution of planning and Legislation are discussed in
this chapter .
• Brief Explanations :
• Development Control
• Building Bye-Laws
• Functions of Local Authority
• Provisions of Building Regulations , Acts
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15. • This chapter gives a brief about
• Social concept of a village
• Difference between rural and urban , village types
• Principals of village Planning
• Village re development projects , Preparation of Development plan (Master
plan) and general principals , problems , schemes of rural housing are
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• The contents in the book have been well discussed, elaborated where ever
necessary & adequate explanation has been given with reference to pictures &
maps which made an easier way to read and understand and language is in basic
level so that any student can easily understand concepts .
• So , I would recommend this book to students of planning, planners and for
• It is an extensive resource book for gaining knowledge in town planning in India.
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