The strategy regarding redressal of issues and challenges relating to municipal corporation, municipality and Nagar Parishad should be made after its ground study. Work on development should be done on the basis of this strategy.
Urban Development and Housing Minister Shri Jaivardhan Singh gave this suggestion during a discussion regarding the National Institute of Urbanization with officials.
Minister Shri Singh said that urban bodies must be encouraged to become self-reliant. He said that the system is fully dependent on grants for implementation of schemes.
They cannot give even 10 percent of their share. Shri Singh said that while planning development, migration from villages to the cities should also be kept in mind. Services of urban development experts should also be taken.
Director General of Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis, Shri R. Parashuram said that the elected representatives should also be imparted training soon after election along with the officers and employees of Urban Development and Housing
He said that there should also be a provision of seeking services from 30-45 year- old experienced urban development specialists. Shri Parasuram said that the institute coming up in Bhopal would be useful for other states also.
Commissioner Urban Development and Housing Shri Gulshan Bamra said that work is being done mainly in schemes like AMRUT, Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas and Smart City in the urban bodies. The redressal of drinking water and sewerage issues are included prominently.
Urban Development Expert Smt. Sunali Rohra gave a presentation on the objectives and importance of the establishment of the national institute. She told that institutes like DFID, USID, MIT, Oxford University are also willing to extend support in the establishment of the institute. She told
that there will be an independent board of 25 members for the institute.
The Institute will work as Centre for Excellence, Service Lines and Regional Chapters. This can be operated on PPP mode.
Urban population to be 38 percent by year 2025
Smt. Sunali informed that it is estimated that by year 2025, 38 percent population in India will be urban. She focussed on the causes of poor quality of life in cities, slow pace of urbanisation and lack of experts in cities. She said that urbanisation is must for the country’s economic development.
Principal Secretary Urban Development and Housing Shri Sanjay Dubey, Secretary Shri Rajiv Sharma, Director Town and Country Planning Shri Rahul Jain, Additional Commissioner Shri Swatantra Singh, Chief Advisor of Atal Behari Vajpayee Institute of Good Governance and Policy Analysis Shri M.M. Upadhyaya and Shri Chitranjan Tyagi also gave significant suggestions at the meeting.