REVISITING INDIA'S URBAN DEVELOPMENT
For the past two years, INHAF has invested in efforts to prepare itself to participate in and contribute to the national response formulation process to the urban development challenge in the form of policy debate and program design, using learning from JNNURM as a basis.
With the demographic trends showing cities growing rapidly and the urban sector’s contribution placed at close to 65 % of the GDP (and rising rapidly), cities are the future of the country. Making cities liveable and productive calls for investment in infrastructure for better living and enhanced economic productivity. JNNURM was the major initiative in that direction (mainly in infrastructure for better living). It was, therefore, necessary to learn how it worked and what it did for the cities and its citizens
JNNURM was the major initiative in that direction (mainly in infrastructure for better living). It was, therefore, necessary to learn how it worked and what it did for the cities and its citizens With these learning INHAF is equipped to stage a wider debate in bringing new thinking and perspectives on meeting India’s daunting urban challenge creatively. The idea is to create a platform where the state and non-state actors could share ideas and learning, develop collective thinking on issues, argue their solutions of today’s problems and articulate their vision and plans for cities of tomorrow. INHAF is focusing its attention on concepts of smart cities, housing for all, creating livelihood opportunities, better infrastructure and participatory governance.