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Urban Development


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Past Secretaries:

Dr. Sudhir Krishna (Profile)


Economically vibrant, inclusive, efficient, secure, safe and sustainable urban habitats


To help promote cities as engines of economic growth by facilitating improvement of urban infrastructure with assured service levels and efficient governance for better quality of urban life.

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In the federal structure of the Indian polity, the matters pertaining to urban development have been assigned by the Constitution of India to the State Governments. The Constitution (74th Amendment) Act has further delegated many of these functions to the urban local bodies. The 
constitutional and legal authority of the Govt. of India is limited only to Delhi and other Union Territories and to the subject which State 
Legislatures authorise the UnionParliament to legislate. 
However, the Govt. of India plays a much more important role and exercises a larger influence to shape the policies and programmes of the country as a whole. The national policy issues are decided by the Govt. of India which also allocates resources to the State Governments through various Centrally Sponsored schemes, provides finances through national financial institutions and supports various external assistance programmes for urban development in the country as a whole. Policies and programme contents are decided at the time of formulation of Five Year Plans. The indirect effect of the fiscal, economic and industrial location decisions of the Govt. of India exercise a far more dominant influence on the pattern of urbanisation and real estate investment in the country.


  1. Facilitate creation of basic urban infrastructure relating to water supply, sanitation and urban transport to improve service levels
  2. Creating enabling policy environment for efficient and inclusive urban governance
  3. Facilitate implementation of Urban Sector Reforms under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission
  4. Capacity building of key stakeholders including elected representatives for efficient urban management
  5. To facilitate planned development of the National Capital Region
Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
Improvement in economic productivity of cities Planning Commission/Ministry of Finance/Ministry of Commerce/State Government and Urban Local Bodies Percent contribution to GDP from urban areas % 60 64 66 68 70
Improvement in Social inclusiveness/basic infrastructure/amenities Planning Commission, M/o RTH, Ministry of Drinking Water, State Government and Urban Local Bodies Households with piped water system % 52 54 57 60 62
    Increase in the number of cities with organised public transport No. 66 67 68 70 72
Improvement in Urban Environment Ministry of Environment and Forests, CPCB, Ministry of Water Resources, State Government and Urban Local Bodies Household coverage of Municipal Solid Waste % 37 38 41 44 45
    Household coverage of toilets % 72 74 76 80 81
    Household coverage of sewerage network % 14 15 17 20 22


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