Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Cities in reform push

From Business-Standard:

The faces of at least 23 cities are going to be transformed in less than seven years.

Fed up of living in an overgrown slum? Does your city have no footpaths, no gardens, no streetlights and a municipal corporation that just does not care? All that will change soon.

In less than seven years, the faces of at least 23 cities are going to be transformed. Indian cities are going to be more orderly, cleaner and better governed.

In just four months, 23 cities have come forward to tell the ministry of urban development that not only are they ready to press forward with the reforms that are mandatory for the award of funds (see chart), but also that they would follow the time limits to put the reforms in place.

The 23 cities that have agreed to crush urban vested interests and have submitted city development plans and signed memoranda of agreement are: Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chandigarh, Raipur, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Greater Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Kohima, Ajmer Pushkar, Jaipur, Coimbatore, Madurai, Asansol and Kolkata.

Note that Bangalore is not in this list.

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