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The mission will consist of two submissions: one on urban infrastructure
and governance and the other on basic services to the urban poor.

The government will also launch two parallel schemes: an urban
infrastructure development scheme (for small and medium towns) and a
housing and slum development programme. Central grants for these schemes
too will be linked to necessary reforms at the ground level. Officials
say scheme will have a component for special emphasis on provision of
basic services to urban poor Scheme will entail investment partnerships
among the Centre, state governments and urban local bodies The central
assistance to states and local bodies will be linked to necessary
reforms at the ground

HAVING ANNOUNCED two mega projects for rural infrastructure develop-
ment earlier in the year, the government has turned its attention to
urban India. On December 3, it will launch a scheme geared towards the
develop- ment of urban infrastructure and serv- ices. To be called the
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the scheme -- worth
more than Rs 1 lakh crores -- will cover about 60 cities with a
million-plus population, all state capitals and several cities of
religious, historical and tourist importance. The setting up of the
mission -- the first of its kind in India -- was approved by Prime
Minister Manmo- han Singh on Monday. Earlier this year, the government
had announced two mega projects for rural- infrastructure development --
Bharat Nirman and the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Official
sources said the mission would have a component for special em- phasis
on the provision of basic servic- es to the urban poor -- including
hous- ing, water supply, sanitation, slum im- provement, community
toilets/baths, etc. "Improving the efficiency of city governance through
public participa- tion and disclosure will also be among the major
objectives," said a source. The massive central assistance to states and
local bodies will be linked to the implementation of reforms, at the
micro level, that provide the necessary boost to infrastructure
development. "The objectives of these reforms are to improve the
financial condition of lo- cal bodies, their credit-worthiness, abil-
ity to access market capital for taking up new projects, secure public
participa- tion and commercial sustainability in the provision of
services," said a source. To be implemented over the next seven years,
the Urban Renewal Mis- sion will entail investment partner- ships among
the Centre, state govern- ments and urban local bodies. The mission will
consist of two sub- missions: one on urban infrastructure and governance
and the other on basic services to the urban poor. The government will
also launch two parallel schemes: an urban infrastruc- ture development
scheme (for small and medium towns) and a housing and slum development
programme. Central grants for these schemes too will be linked to
necessary reforms at the ground level. Officials say scheme will have a
component for special emphasis on provision of basic services to urban
poor Scheme will entail investment partnerships among the Centre, state
governments and urban local bodies The central assistance to states and
local bodies will be linked to necessary reforms at the ground

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JAWAHARLAL NEHRU NATIONAL URBAN RENEWAL MISSION LAUNCHED

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that our cities have
not been able to cope with the pressures of industrial development and
the growth of the services economy. In many cities like Bangalore, the
phenomenal growth of the services sector in the last decade has exerted
unexpected pressure on urban infrastructure and services. If we do not
take remedial steps, the future could be in jeopardy. The Prime Minister
was speaking at a function to launch the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban
Renewal Mission. Dr. Manmohan Singh urged the Ministry of Urban
Employment and Poverty Alleviation to work to ensure that basic services
are indeed provided to the urban poor. The issues to focus while
appraising project reports are: (i) security of tenure, (ii) improved
housing, (iii) drinking water supply, (iv) sanitation, (v) education,
(vi) health care and (vii) social security. City governments should
build in a strong component of support for urban basic services in their
plans for infrastructure upgradation, he added.

“As we build infrastructure we must also improve the quality of living
for all those who live in our cities. Our vision of urban development
has so far been uni-dimensional. This must change. We have thus far
focused more on space and less on people. We need to have an integrated
framework, in which spatial development of cities goes hand-in-hand with
improvement in the quality of living of ordinary people living there. An
important element of our strategy has to be slum improvement and
providing housing for the poor”

Shri Jaipal Reddy, Minister for Urban Development and Culture in his
address said a two track approach has been envisaged. In the first prong
of this strategy, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission
has been sanctioned to provide extensive financial support to about 60
cities for upgradation and improvement of infrastructure in a planned
and integrated manner. These cities comprise the State capitals, cities
with one million plus population and some selected cities of religious,
touristic, cultural and heritage importance. It is expected that these
cities will have a demonstration effect on others. In the second prong
of the strategy, the need of other cities and towns, which are not
included in the Mission, is sought to be addressed through an omnibus
scheme of assistance knon as “Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme
for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT).

Kumari Selja, Minister for Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation in
her address said that 63 cities are to be covered in the Mission. These
include the mega cities, metro cities, State capitals & towns of
historical & religious importance. These consist of over 40 per cent of
the slum population of the country. Hence it has been felt that tackling
these cities would not only rectify the deficiencies to a large extent
but will also set a good example for other smaller cities to follow.

A combined investment by Central Government, State Governments and the
urban local bodies of more than Rs. one lakh crore is proposed to be
spent on this programme over the next seven years.

SR/NSR
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=13824

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Reforms outlined for urban renewal

Special Correspondent

Changes in property tax planned

NEW DELHI: The Mandatory Reforms proposed in the Jawaharlal Nehru
National Urban Renewal Mission, launched on Saturday, asks municipal
bodies to levy reasonable user charges (for basic services) so that the
full cost of operation and maintenance were collected within seven years.

They would have to reform property tax to raise collection efficiency to
85 per cent. Basic services to the urban poor, including security of
tenure, should be provided at affordable prices.

The other Mandatory Reforms for local urban bodies include adoption of
modern, accrual-based, double entry system of accounting; introduction
of a system of e-governance using IT applications and internal
earmarking of budgets for basic services to the urban.

The Mandatory Reforms earmarked for State Governments are "effective"
implementation of decentralisation as envisaged in the Constitution
(74th) Amendment Act, 1992; repeal of the Urban Land (Ceiling and
Regulation) Act, 1976; reform of Rent Control laws; rationalisation of
stamp duty; enactment of public disclosure law, enactment of community
participation law and association of elected municipalities with city
planning function.

The Optional Reforms call for revision of bye-laws to streamline the
approval process for construction of buildings, development sites;
simplification of legal and procedural framework for conversion of farm
land for non-agricultural purposes; introduction of property title
certification; structural reforms and encouraging public-private
partnership.

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http://www.hindu.com/2005/12/04/stories/2005120406511000.htm