“India’s cities are old and multi-layered. The medieval is over laid with the imperial, the imperial with post-independence settlements and the post-independence portions are now heavily inter-layered with slums, unplanned or unauthorized colonies and new colonies developed by builders with neither character nor aesthetics.” - Late Dr. M. N. Buch, IAS (Retd)
Dr. Buch held many senior positions in the Government of Madhya Pradesh and in the Union Government. He was Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority; Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, and Vice-Chairman, National Commission on Urbanization. He founded the National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment in Bhopal and served as its Chairman till the end.