The Indian Government took the historic step of launching the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in December 2005 with a view to give fillip to urban infrastructure development in 65 major cities by mobilising Rs.50,000 crore from the Central budget and by getting a matching Rs.50,000 crore from the State governments and the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs). The response to JNNURM has been very good. As a consequence, projects costing Rs.95,385 crore have already been sanctioned and are under various stages of implementation. This book reveals the nuances and thinking behind the JNNURM, its implementation and status on the ground and suggests the way forward. The current urban reform process undoubtedly offers tremendous opportunities to rethink economic and development priorities. This book is timely given the re-affirmed commitment of the government to urban development. It is an essential read for all interested in policy, planning, urban develop-ment and renewal issues.
M. Ramachandran is Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. Member of the Indian Administrative Service since 1972, Dr. Ramachandran has handled several international assignments.||Sameer Kochhar, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director, Skoch Consultancy Services is an industry veteran with a multifaceted career spanning over two and a half decades. He is considered to be one of the most respected independent voices on inclusive development and citizenship issues in India. Deepak B. Phatak is Subrao M. Nilekani Chair Professor at the Kanwal Rekhi School of Information Technology at Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. He is an eminent consultant and advisor to many organisations on issues related to Information Technology. H. Krishnamurthy is Principal Research Scientist, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He has more than 30 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting. His areas of interest includes: communication and networking and internet technologies. Gursharan Dhanjal, an expert in strategic affairs, is Executive Vice President, Skoch Consultancy Services. He has over 17 years of working experience ranging from academics to research and business journalism to consulting. His areas of expertise include research, and rich media content