JnNURM

Jnnurm

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) was launched in 2005 to provide investment support to 63 cities across the country to build much-needed municipal infrastructure, including roads, water and sewerage networks, storm water drains, and more. The program also included a specific component to improve “Basic Services for the Urban Poor.” Unfortunately, residents of Chennai have little access to comprehensive information about the impacts of the Mission in the city, the nature of projects taken up in the city and the progress made on these projects. Especially on the explicitly pro-poor components, the Mission seems to have failed to meet its own goals. Despite the emphasis on the provision of tenure security for the urban poor, no steps have been taken in that direction so far. Crores of rupees have been pumped into resettlement projects far away from the city centre despite the mission’s intention to provide for the urban poor “near their place of occupation.” Does the implementation of the mission in the city, especially the component focused on the urban poor, reflect the spirit in which the mission was proposed?

With the first phase of the JnNURM set to end in 2012, Transparent Chennai is doing in-depth research on its implementation in the city, with an emphasis on its impacts on the poor. Our research and outreach aims to raise awareness of the schemes, evaluate their impact, and point to the lessons to be learnt from the first phase in preparation for the second phase of the JnNURM and the Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY). Our team works closely with a local network of slum-based organizations, civil society groups, students, academics and activists to ensure that implementation of upcoming schemes will better benefit the urban poor and increase their access to basic services.

 

Key Research

Materials from Public Meetings

Slums, resettlement, and tenure in JNNURM & RAY (2384)
Changes to come: JNNURM II, Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) (2532)
The JNNURM in Chennai 2005 - 2012: An assessment with focus on the urban poor (1617)
Possible Future Strategies for JNNURM and RAY (1615)
The JNNURM and Access to Basic Services (1735)


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