New Delhi: Union Urban Development minister Kamal Nath on Friday stressed the need for designing and planning cities so that they become habitable and aesthetically attractive.
Noting that urban centres are currently growing by "default not design", he said designing aesthetic, habitable and sustainable solutions are important factors needed in the process of suburbanisation in order to attract populations to alternative, sub-urban centres of growth.
Nath was the chief guest at the inaugural session of the India Design Forum, India`s first international platform for design across industries including architecture, urban
planning, industrial and product design.
Speaking at the occasion, the minister said that "design innovation" was a pre-eminent factor in the process of urbanisation and added that a good design is an "investment".
He also said that the brisk pace of urbanisation and the free movement of people in the country have created "unprecedented challenges".