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Organized Panel Session

4 - Land Resource Management in India – Issues Involved

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Kadamba, Lower Ground Floor

In this paper we will discuss the major issues in land use planning in India for efficiency, equity and overall sustainable development. The land is the most important component of the life support system as well as the most important natural resource. Land is a finite resource. Land availability is only about 20% of the earth’s surface. Land is crucial for all developmental activities, natural resources, ecosystem services and agriculture. For India, though the seventh largest country in the world, land resource management is becoming very important. India has over 17% of world’s population living on 2.4% of the world’s geographical area. The developmental targets of India and the social, cultural and environmental aspects demand land in enormous amount. There is a need for optimal utilization of land resources. There is a need to cater land for industrialization, development of essential infrastructure facilities and urbanization. Ever since independence, India's planners and policymakers have shown concern for the efficient use of land, water, and other natural resources for accelerated as well as sustainable economic development. The questions of efficiency, equity, and environmental protection have been flagged in almost all Five Year Plans. 

Nilachal Ray

Government of India, India

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