Guidelines for Physical Infrastructure in Industrial Area Planning: A Review of the Indian Context

Kumar Abhishek, Arindam Biswas


The practice of industrial development in pre-independent India could be recognized as huge consolidation of industries in selected regions. Eventually, better planning initiatives in this sector accelerated the pace of industrial development and the pattern of development was broadened. With latest initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, National Manufacturing Policy, the Government of India envisions to increase the manufacturing sector’s contribution to GDP by 25 %. This clearly has given a significant boost to the development of industrial sector in India than ever before. This paper discusses the various existing guidelines for industrial area planning in India. It has two sections; the first section discusses the classification of an industrial area by recognized government bodies. And, the second section discusses the recommended norms and standards for various aspects of physical infrastructure in industrial area planning. The study is an attempt to put forward the ‘Indian context in physical infrastructure planning for industrial area’, which can help understand the gaps in planning approach.

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