Bhubaneswar becomes first Indian city to win the elusive Pierre L’enfant Awards 2017

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Bhubaneswar, the capital city of the Indian state Odisha, has become the first Indian city to win the elusive Pierre L’enfant International Planning excellence award 2017. The award is given out by the American Planning Association (APA) for good and advanced town planning and engaging its residents in the planning process.

The APA Awards recipients will be honoured at the Awards Luncheon at APA’s National Planning Conference in New York on May 8, 2017.

The city of Bhubaneswar

  • Bhubaneshwar is popularly known as the Temple City of India
  • The city has a history of over 3,000 years, emerging with the Mahamegha-bahana Chedi dynasty around the 2nd century BCE
  • Bhubaneswar’s Foundation Day is celebrated on April 13, the day the capital was shifted from Cuttack in the year 1948
  • German town-planning engineer Otto Kolenigs Berger prepared the master plan of the city
  • World Bank Doing Business 2009 report ranked Bhubaneswar at number 3 in terms of ease of doing business

The Pierre L’enfant Award:

  • Pierre L’enfant was a French-born American architect and civil engineer
  • He is credited for designing the layout of the streets of Washington DC in the United States
  • The American Planning Association (APA) has named an award in his honour to recognise excellence in international planning

The APA:

  • APA was created in 1978
  • It is an independent, not for profit educational organisation representing the field of urban planning in the United States
  • It serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas related to urban planning
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