The three promoters of Town Catalyst hail from poorly developed old towns. It is their dream to convert their hometowns into a well developed near smart-city if not a completely smart one. People in general share the same sentiments about their hometowns and want to see them develop beautifully which they should be able to take pride in. Central Govt. has set out ambitious plans for development for villages, towns and cities and has allocated, as per information available, an amount in excess of 5,00,000 crores fund to be utilized in next 5 years starting from year 2021 on rural and urban area development under various Missions announced by it. The responsibility of such area development activities and its implementation, however, fall under the purview of concerned State Govts. with about 50% of the fund coming from them. The State Govts. in turn get such work executed by their Municipal Authorities, Public Works Department, Urban Local Bodies, etc. Despite noble intentions of the Central and State Govt. and huge funds being available there is hardly much happening on the ground and funds remain unutilized. It is needless to mention that any area development work is in the interest and demand of local people, a testimony of accomplishment of local political leaders in addition to being a matter of pride for the State and the Central Govts. Yet, we hardly find any substantial progress in rural/urban area development.
In the opinion of Town Catalyst the reasons for such sluggish area development activities are mainly lack of expertise and initiative from Sate owned Local Area Development Authorities, their inability to pursue developmental proposals with concerned authorities for sanction of funds, lack of skills for liaising with concerned State and Central Govt. authorities for technical clearances, inadequate contracting and project management capabilities, etc. Thus, there is a dire need for able private consultants who can handhold the Local Area Development Authorities, mostly State owned, and guide them through the process of planning, contracting/procurement, project management and quality surveillance till completion. Under this backdrop Town Catalyst as a consultant and project management and supervision agency offers itself as an agency to complement the role of State-owned Local Area Development Authorities.
Our core values
- Transforming lives of people of villages, towns, and cities by development of their area of residence through holistic and integrated planning.
- Use of state of art Technologies and concepts to ensure environmentally and socio-economically Sustainable development.
- Conduct ethnographic studies to identify cultural heritage, tourism potential and socioeconomic needs.
- Strategizing area development activities to ensure rapid execution and minimal inconvenience to the residents during construction.
The Imperative Needs
Many old towns and smaller cities in India evolved without much planning and continued without much development and amenities. The quality of lives in such towns and cities could not keep up anywhere close to the modern urban life. Such towns and cities are mainly governed by the local Municipalities.
The cities face issues like poor hygienic condition, poorly maintained roads, quality of water not meeting prescribed standards, inadequate sewer treatment, unorganized waste disposal lacking scientific measures and neglected landscaping. These issues are interdependent on each other. Municipalities don’t have in-house expertise to work in brown field expansion projects with interdependent issues.
Catalyst have the experience to execute large infrastructure projects with interconnected auxiliaries and ancillaries with multiple inputs. This collective experience will aid them to TRANSFORM poorly managed cities and towns into better towns and cities using science, technology and software. It understands that the transformation cannot be at the cost of the cultural and social norms of the city/town and will seek to retain its uniqueness and, hence, the pride of the locals. Also the development and reconstruction activities will be planned in a way to cause minimum inconvenience to the local residents.
Our prospective Network Partners
Town Catalyst is having a team of well trained and skilled professionals in the area of town planning, architecture, engineering, contracting, project management and quality management. However, depending on the requirement of clients, there may be a need to outsource certain services from external agencies namely Network Partners. This need may arise in certain specialized fields. Town Catalyst has therefore networked with a few specialized agencies/institutions and look forward to tie up with many more as and when the need arises.
Our Network Partners are:
- Indian School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi – for town planning and architectural services
- Central Road Research Institute, New Delhi – for specialized road construction and traffic management services
- GarudaUAV, Noida – for drone based area survey
Town Catalyst aims to provide a one stop service to all the State owned Local Area Development Authorities. Town Catalyst is also available to provide advisory services to State and Central Govt. Urban Planning Departments.
Clients who can avail consultancy services are:
- Municipal Authority
- Public Works Department (PWD)
- Urban Local Bodies (ULB)
- State Industrial Development Corporations (SIDC)
- Urban & Housing Development Boards
- Private Builders and Developers
- NITI Aayog
- Urban Development Ministries
- Consulting Firms needing our support