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Urban Issues, Reforms and Way Forward in India


  • Chetan Vaidya


The Government has launched a reform-linked urban investment programme, JNNURM. The paper has analysed urban trends, projected population, service delivery, institutional arrangements, municipal finances, innovative financing, and suggests that India’s future strategy should focus on: (a) inter-government transfers with built-in incentives to improve performance; (b) capacity building of ULBs; (c) investments on asset creation as well as management; (d)integrate urban transport with land use planning; (e) integrate various urban development and related programmes at local, state and national levels; (f) strengthen urban institutions and clarify roles of different organisations; (g) second generation of urban reforms should further focus on regulation, innovative financing and PPP, and climate change initiatives; and (h) different approach of supporting reform-linked investments needed for different states based on level of urbanisation. [Ministry of Finance WP]

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  • Chetan Vaidya, 2009. "Urban Issues, Reforms and Way Forward in India," Working Papers id:2311, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:2311
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    1. Indermit Gill & Homi Kharas, 2007. "An East Asian Renaissance : Ideas for Economic Growth," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6798, April.
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    1. Mukherjee, Sacchidananda & Chakraborty, Debashis, 2016. "Do Public Policy Dynamics Stimulate Anti-Incumbency Waves? Results from Indian States," MPRA Paper 73010, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    JNNURM; urban renewal programme; urban trends; urban transport; transportation; urban development; climate change; PPPs; private-public partnerships; Urban Studies; urbanisation;

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