Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs06-February, 2006 17:35 IST
Prime Minister’s National Award for Excellence in Urban Planning and Design
Ar. Gerard da Cunha of Goa has bagged the first prize in the category, “Implemented Urban Planning & Design Projects” under the Prime Minister’s National Award for Excellence in Urban Planning and Design for the project Jindal Vijaynagar Steel Limited (JVSL), Bellary. City Industrial Development Corporation, Navi Mumbai took away second Prize for the project Agricultural Produce Market Complex, Turbhe, Navi Mumbai under the same category. The first prize carries a cash award of 5 lakh rupees while the second prize, 2.50 lakh rupees.

Sabarmati River Front Development Corporation Ltd. (SRFDCL), Ahmedabad has secured first prize under the category, “Innovative Ideas/Concepts and Plans in Urban Planning and Design” for the Sabarmati river Front Development Project, Ahmedabad. The second prize went to Vastu Shilpa Consultants (VSC), Ahmedabad for the project, “ Restructuring the Historic Core: Hyderabad”. The first prize carries a cash award of 5 lakh rupees while the second prize, 2.50 lakh rupees.

The awards, for the year 1998-99, were given away by the Union Minister for Urban Development, Shri Jaipal Reddy at a ceremony in New Delhi today.

The Ministry of Urban Development instituted the Prime Minister’s National Award for Excellence in Urban Planning and Design in 1995 to be given away on biennial basis for each of the following categories:

Category-I: Implemented Urban Planning and Design projects signifying built environment of an exceptional quality. Category-II: innovative Ideas/concepts and Plans in Urban Planning and Design while the projects are still in the pipeline or at the implementation stage.

The awards are aimed at identifying successful and highly imaginative innovations in city planning and design and the very best design contribution to the performance of cities and their quality of life are to be honored. The underlying notion behind this scheme of Awards is that everyone involved in city building may benefit from better nation-wide sharing of insight into intelligent urban design innovation and the nature of exceptional individual and group efforts in this field.

These awards seek to create a competitive atmosphere amongst urban planners, designers, city builders and developers either as individuals or group/organizations towards achieving improvement in the quality of life through creation of better built environment.

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