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Re-Visioning Indian Cities


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Preface Introduction Policy Background Coverage and Components Housing and Services for the Urban Poor The NURM and Urban Mobility Disconnects and Deficiencies The Reforms Agenda / Dealing with District Planning The Metro Dimension Reinforcements for the Reforms Agenda The TAG: Looking over the Shoulder? A Mission amidst many Realities The Mission's Journey: Thus Far and the Way Ahead Annexures Index

About the Author

K. C. Sivaramakrishnan is Research Professor and Chairman of the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India. Sivaramakrishnan is one of the leading authorities in the field of Urban Planning and Development. He entered the Indian Administrative Service in 1958 and served in the West Bengal cadre. He was the Chief Executive of the Durgapur Development Authority in 1967-71; the Chief Executive of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) in 1971-75; Project Director, Central Ganga Authority in 1985-88 and Secretary, Urban Development, Government of India in 1988-91. He was also Urban Management Advisor in the World Bank during 1979-82 and Senior Advisor in 1992-95. He was Parvin Fellow at the Princeton University in 1965-66 and Homi Bhaba Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta during 1976-77. Sivaramakrishnan's various publications include Metropolitan Management: The Asian Experience (1986), Power to the People: The Politics and Progress of Decentralisation (2000), Handbook of Urbanization in India: Analysis of Trends and Processes of the 2001 Census (2005), and Courts, Panchayats and Nagarpalikas: Background and Review of the Case Law (2009).


[This book] presents a comprehensive review of the mission and its objectives, taking a critical look at its impact on urban governance, finance, and city development.

-- The Hindu

The book takes the readers from the inception of JNNURM to where the Mission is today (till the time of writing the book)-giving statistical details along the way....To the uninitiated in the urban sector, this book provides a lot of information to enhance the understanding of the sector. The book is full of information, facts and figures. There are a lot of tables with useful statistics. The Annexures also provide worthwhile information. The book is written in the typical style of the author-with a hint of humour in many places... Re-visioning Indian Cities is a good reference book and will be very useful for all those interested in urban development, especially JNNURM.

-- Environment and Urbanization ASIA * Volume 2, No 2, 2011 *
Re-Visioning Indian Cities is a valuable source book for new research. The author brings the advantage of experience and hindsight to the book to turn a reflexive eye to the emergence of cities as loci of new governance regimes in the last decade. The book's main strength is the highly sharpened commonsense of an insider to the government...a book that must be read at leisure.-- Economic & Political Weekly
Re-visioning Indian Cities by K.C.Sivaramakrishnan is a critical review of the evolution process of the urban policy-making over the past 60 years and a critical analysis of its latest Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.-- eSocialSciences
The book is highly informative, written by one who was closely associated with the government and has worked at different levels of administration... It begins with the background of the JNNURM and ends with a discussion on its future policies and programmes... [The author] has not only covered the programme but has also examined the problems of India's towns and cities.... The book is a valuable document for experts, government servants, scholars and others interested in the JNNURM. -- The Telegraph
Re-Visioning Indian Cities presents a comprehensive study of India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) from its birth to future aspects. In its course, it throws light on India's urban history and its demographic and economic realities which have been neglected since decades...The book is recommended for all those who want to know about JNNURM in detail and understand the journey of this urban mission since its inception.-- One World South Asia
[The book] presents an informative and detailed background of the early efforts made in the area of urban development in the country...[it] provides a comprehensive picture of India's urban growth overtime, policies, plans and programmes, deficiencies and slippage, the roles of different stake holders and challenges lying ahead. -- The Book Review, Vol 37, March 2013

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