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For about the last three decades, there has been a special focus in various Governments’ policies on the development and improvement of our cities across India. In 1988, the National Commission on Urbanization under the chairmanship of Charles Correa, made detailed recommendations in the areas of land, housing, water and sanitation, transport, urban poverty, urban form and urban governance. In 1992, the 74th Amendment to the Constitution was broadcast which sought to decentralize decision making in cities and towns through creation of elected urban local bodies as institutions of democratic self governance. Then in 2005, came Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), a countrywide programme which provided assistance to state governments and urban local bodies in selected cities for development and improvement.
With the present Government’s strategy of maintaining the focus of development on our cities, urban issues and concerns dominate governmental action and discourse within the public domain and circles of intelligentsia. In the present financial year budget, the government has allocated around seven thousand crores for two central schemes — Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Smart Cities Mission. The democratization of decision making process in spatial planning and design, conservation of urban environment and natural resources, sensitive approach towards history, strengthening role of municipal bodies, inclusive public spaces with utmost respect for pedestrians, environment friendly and efficient transport policies are some of the broad steps forward that are crucial in the context of urbanization.

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