Re-visioning Indian Cities probes the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) right from its inception to its present-day avatar. The book significantly adds to the knowledge base on the urban history of India.
Commencing with a historical background of the JNNURM, the book traces the evolution of public policy in India on urban growth. In the process it provides an understanding of the complex urban issues and examines whether the JNNURM is a project response or a policy response to these problems.
The rationale behind the choice of the cities covered by the Mission, the scope and coverage of the work undertaken and the progress till date are extensively discussed. The formidable problems of mega-city governance and the difficulties of correlating rural and urban development at the district level are reviewed.
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.