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Vihag Guru
Consultant - Regional Planning Specialist , Government Agency
Delhi NCR, Delhi
An infrastructure professional having 13+ years of experience in consulting and advisory spanning across various infrastructure sub sectors, including agriculture, rural development, urban, industrial infrastructure, Training and Capacity Development, functional consultancy.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural, Urban
Professional Experience:
Working as Regional Planning Specialist involving preparation of concept note, handbook, manual, Guideline, advisories etc. Analyzed Panchayati Raj and Town and county planning acts for all State/UT to carry forward spatial planning in rural areas.

Empanelment of Mentor Institutes. Conceptualizing and supervising development of Spatial Planning Platform and Learning Management System. Economic Plan module developed which includes backward and forward linkages for Agri and Agro based industries. API and data Integration between SPMRM Spatial Planning Platform and convergence schemes. Training and capacity development of State /UTs in spatial planning

Experience in Preparation of concept, work flow, data analysis, expert views, on ground perception study, handbook, manual, project brief, presentation for officials.
Masters in Urban and regional planning and Geography. In my Master studied various aspects of urban planning, rural planning, natural resource management.
Affiliations and Achievements:
I joined Ministry of Rural Development in Feb 2019 as Regional Planning Specialist to lead the spatial planning in Rurban Clusters. Spatial planning is a completely new subject for rural area and hence Senior officials were required to be convinced about the approach. As part of consultation, I was required to inform, convince and persuade senior officials from Ministry of Rural Development in Government of India regarding approach and methodology to be followed for Spatial Plan preparation for Rural India. It required exhaustive consultation, brainstorming to convince the official about the suggestive approach and methodology.
My approach toward the subject was positive backed by through research and documentation. Preparation of concept, work flow, data analysis, expert views, on ground perception study handbook manual was prepared as part of documentation. Decision making tool using digital interface alongwith on ground implementation. It took three years to make spatial planning an accepted concept in rural planning and presently Government is perusing further research for applying it to other than Rurban Clusters.
The process required lot of patience, persistence, listening, accept others viewpoint, being problem solver for making Government understand that for well planned development a shift from sectoral planning to Spatial planning is need of the hour which would support well planned development as compared to haphazard development.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments

    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, hindi
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