The Himachal Pradesh State is a predominantly hill State with the total population of
68.56 (6.85 Millions) residing in 55673 sq km area. Like any other part of our great
country, urbanization is fast increasing and posing variety of problems related to
urbanization in Himachal Pradesh as well. Currently urban population of the state is
6.89 Lakhs (0.69 Million) (10.04% of the total population) but it is fast increasing.
The Directorate of Urban Development was established during the year 1985-86 to
direct, control and monitor the activities of the Urban Local Bodies in the state of
Himachal Pradesh. The Directorate has been assigned the responsibility to look after
the legislative, Administrative and Development activities of 54 Municipalities (Local
Urban Bodies) i.e. 2 Municipal Corporations, 31 Municipal Councils and 21 Nagar
Panchayats which covers 6.89 Lac urban population (2011 census report) which is
about 9.2% of the total population of the state.
From 1986 to May,1994, the Directorate was performing nominal regulatory functions
which merely relates to the coordination of development works, release of grants and
passing of municipal budgets. Consequent upon the 74th amendment of the
constitution and the enactment of 3 new Municipal Acts viz. H.P. Municipal Corporation
Act, 1994, Municipal Act, 1994 and H.P Municipal Services Act 1994, numerous
Constitutional, Statutory and obligatory functions are entrusted to the Directorate. The
74th Constitutional Amendment envisages greater decentralization of administrative,
legislative and financial functions to the Urban Local Government coupled with more
and more functional autonomy to all the municipalities.
The Town and Country Planning was created as a small cell in Himachal Pradesh, Public Works Department in the year 1964. During 1979, it was created as in independent Directorate headed by Chief Engineer of Himachal Pradesh Public Works Department till 1993 when independent Director was appointed as Head of Department
- To encourage planned and systematic urban and rural growth in a comprehensive manner.
- To stop haphazard constructions.
- To make optimum use of precious urban land.
- To create conducive conditions for encouraging planned constructions.
- To plan for creating essential urban infrastructure.
- To sub serve the basic needs of poor and especially urban slum population.
- To upgrade environment for conducive habitat.
- To preserve the hilly architecture and rich heritage of the State