ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH (ISSN No. : 2320 -7000)
VOLUME : 1, ISSUE : 4,October-December, 2013
 
THE LAND QUESTION AND JAWAHARLAL NEHRU URBAN RENEWAL MISSION
Piu Chatterjee
 
ABSTRACT
The mission statement of JNNURM states that the aim of the mission is to encourage reforms and fast track planned development of identified cities. The focus points of the mission are efficiency in urban infrastructure and service delivery mechanisms, community participation, and accountability of Urban Local Bodies towards citizens. The paper argues that a project of the scale of JNNURM would require huge tract of land. However, the mission leaves aside the question of arranging sufficient land. A convenient option of the concerned authorities is to make land available by cleaning up slum lands which have been the home to pauperized rural populace who migrate to cities. The objectives of the mission also fail to comprehend that land is a very important resource with regard to the economy of the urban poor and utmost for their survival. This puts a heavy strain on urban land and other resources which are increasingly freed from less productive uses such as small scale manufacturing or housing for the poor and deployed for the purpose of profiteering. The paper concludes that issues of accessibility of land for urban poor have not been properly addressed in the mission and this might emerge as the faultline between different set of stakeholders.
 
KEYWORD
Geographic Information System (GIS), Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Liberlaization, National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP), slum, Urban Infrastructure and Governance (UIG),Urban Land Ceiling and Regulation Act (ULCRA).
 
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