Research papers

In recent years, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has been one of the most significant initiatives of the Government of India, aiming at meeting infrastructure needs of Indian cities, improving quality of life of people and speeding up the process of governance reforms. With this background, the objectives of the Mission clearly emphasise infrastructure development, asset creation and asset management, ensuring adequate funds for cities, scaling up service delivery, planned development of cities and providing basic services to the urban poor including security... more

In recent years, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has been one of the most significant initiatives of the Government of India, aiming at meeting infrastructure needs of Indian cities, improving quality of life of people and speeding up the process of governance reforms. With this background, the objectives of the Mission clearly emphasise infrastructure development, asset creation and asset management, ensuring adequate funds for cities, scaling up service delivery, planned development of cities and providing basic services to the urban poor including security... more

Despite high levels of growth of Bangalore, a considerable proportion of people continue to live in poor conditions. The question why they are getting excluded and
why the growth is not trickling down to them needs serious attention. The high growth enhances the purchasing power of the affluent sections and makes life even more difficult for the less affluent. The money power and influence of the upper classes and big corporations in the corridors of power enable them to influence government decisions in their favour as it is their funds that help political parties to win elections... more

In recent years, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has been one of the most significant initiatives of the Government of India, aiming at meeting infrastructure needs of Indian cities, improving quality of life of people and speeding up the process of governance reforms. With this background, the objectives of the Mission clearly emphasise infrastructure development, asset creation and asset management, ensuring adequate funds for cities, scaling up service delivery, planned development of cities and providing basic services to the urban poor including security... more

The most significant initiative of the UPA government in the last year has been the move to set up the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) with its promise of Rs. 1,25,000 crore to 63 chosen cities. The rationale is that cities are currently inefficient in raising resources to meet their growing needs and are also inefficient in governance. Hence the Centre proposes to bail out cities with funds to meet their infrastructure needs, however, on condition that cities carry out certain governance reforms (some mandatory and some optional) which will make them self-... more

Ward committees were formed as mandated in the 74th CA in Bangalore in 1999.
This was a progressive step taken by the government and Bangalore Mahanagara
Palike (BMP) towards decentralising the functions and bringing administration closer
to the masses. However, wards committees have not been formed in any of the
municipal corporations other than that of Bangalore, even after 12 years of the
legislation in Karnataka, which is a gross violation of Constitutional provisions. In
Bangalore, wards committees were functional for a short period between... more

This guide documents the experiences of citizens in participatory processes in planning, implementation,
monitoring and social auditing of development activities conducted in the following wards of Bruhat
Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike:
1. Sagayapuram, Ward No 60
2. Visveshwarapuram, Ward No 50
3. Ejipura, Ward No 68
4. Ganesh Mandir, Ward No 56; and
The experiences gained during this process are collated together to help social activists who wish to do the
same kind of activities in other wards or to conduct “Model Ward” activities in... more

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