Urban planning professionals awarded by REPL

One of India’s premier real estate & infrastructure consultants, Rudrabhishek Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. (REPL) recently organised the second annual J.P. Bhargava award for the Best Urban Planning thesis at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The event assumes greater importance because of the participation from government bodies, academics and public & private institutions such as, NCRB, TCPO, HUDCO, IIPA, DDA, MCD, IUT, NCR Cell – UP, NPC, SPA, JMI, Amity University, Ansal, YEIDA, MoUD and other government bodies.


REPL confers this award to encourage the young urban planners by recognising their thesis. Entries were invited from all the AICTE approved institutes and ITPI offering master’s degree or P.G. diploma in urban and/or regional planning. A jury, consisting of prominent planners evaluated the entire thesis on parameters like innovation, practicability, depth of analysis and conclusions.


Pradeep Misra, CMD, REPL, said, “This award is constituted in the memory of Late Jagdish Prasad Bhargava, a renowned urban planner who have served the country many years and his designed made remarkable changes in country’s infrastructure. Planning and managing the development of contemporary cities is one of the major societal challenges all over the world today. There is a tremendous scope for the urban planning professional and such completions will encourage the new talent  to think innovative and ideate new”.


The finalists were Hemant Sharma of SPA – Delhi (Identification of Future Smart Cities in a Region’: A case study of State of Karnataka); Purva Saxena from SPA-Bhopal (Low Carbon Mobility Plan for the CBD: A Case Study of M.P. Nagar, Bhopal); and Christy Ann Cheriyan of CEPT- Ahmedabad (Assessment of Transit Transfer Experience, Case of Bangalore.  Winner received cash prize of Rs. 1 Lakh, while two other finalists were given Rs. 50,000/- each.


The 2nd Bhargava Award Winner, Hemant Sharma said, “I can barely express my happiness on receiving this Planning Thesis Award, when I am just on verge of starting a professional career. Having opportunity to interact with so many veteran urban planners, is sheer delight for me.”


Prof. J.H. Ansari, director, REPL; R.P.Kaushik, advisor, YEIDA; and Meena Bhargava, GM, YEIDA adjudged the prestigious competition and the audience selected the winners.