Exploring Potential of Public Land Based Revenues to Finance City Infrastructure: An assessment using linear programming for Guntur Municipal Corporation


  • Prasanth Vardhan Puttaparthi School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada, India
  • Ayon Kumar Tarafdar School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada, India
  • Abdul Razak Mohamed School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada, India




public land revenues, urban infrastructure investments, linear programming, revenue optimization, leasing strategies


Municipalities are in search of exploring alternative own revenues to finance urban infrastructure investments in India. As compared to others, monetization of public land is within the functional domain of local governments subject to certain constraints. This study employs a linear programming model incorporating the constraints enforced by state government to assess the potentials of public lands for urban infrastructure capital investments. This approach is largely different from the existing literature, which does not determine the capacity of municipal public lands based on realized revenues. This investigation finds that certain proposed leasing strategies for Guntur Municipality under different simulations as done in this research have potentials to realize 240% more revenues compared to ‘business as usual’ scenario and hence, provide new policy insights for leasing public lands in a revenue optimization perspective. The framework adopted by this helps local governments to estimate the potentials of public lands and establish revenue targets.

Author Biographies

Prasanth Vardhan Puttaparthi, School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada, India

Mr. Prasanth is an Infrastructre planner with 10 years of experience in research, industry and academics. Currently prusing Ph.D. research on the title 'lLand Resource Managment for Guntur municipality', a case of Andhra Pradesh.

Ayon Kumar Tarafdar, School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada, India

Dr. Ayon Kumar Tarafdar (Associate Professor, Planning) completed his doctorate degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Norway) in 2010, with the acclaimed full-time Norwegian Government Research FellowshipHe has 23 publications with international journals and publishers (ISBN/ISSN), 5 book chapters, and 13 international conference presentations (see attached CV for details). He has experience of over fourteen years in research, industry and teaching (over seventeen years if the time spent for acquiring all his educational qualifications is included).

Abdul Razak Mohamed, School of Planning and Architecture Vijayawada, India

Urban and regional planner with a basic master’s degree in Sociology, recently completed Executive Masters in e-Governance form Ecole Polytechnic, Lausanne, Switzerland. Dr. Razak has written 40 research articles in the national and international journals and about 15 international conference and 25 national conferences attended. Chapters wrote in about 10 books on Sociology, Town Planning, Environment Education, and e-Governance subjects. Wrote about 5 resource books on Research Methodology, Urban Planning and Urban Sociology, Disability and City Planning. Published number of popular news paper articles, interviews and letter to the editor are also adds to his credit. Wrote Environment Education booklets for school children and teachers on Neighbourhood, Water Conservation, Floods and Droughts, Trees in Urban Environment and Environmental Exhibits in Schools. Organized around 6 international conferences and 15 national conference on various issues.


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