ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
-A A +A

JNNURM as a Window on Urban Governance

Its Institutional Footprint, Antecedents, and Legacy

David Sadoway ( teaches in the Department of Geography, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, Canada. Govind Gopakumar ( teaches in the Centre for Engineering in Society, Concordia University, Montreal. Vinay Baindur ( is an independent researcher and activist on urban governance based in Bengaluru. Madhav G Badami (madhav. teaches in the School of Urban Planning and the McGill School of Environment, McGill University, Montreal.

Owing to its scope, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission is an excellent window for understanding the evolution of urban governance in India, despite its closing in 2014. The JNNURM’s aspirations were belied by its realities of progressive centralisation, degraded local capacities, commercially-oriented infrastructure development, and intercity and intra-city inequalities. We identify and discuss three signatures that shaped its conceptualisation, operationalisation, and outcomes: flexible networks of policy actors and advisors; mobile policy ideas, best practices, and norms; and the pervasive role of consultancies. These signatures appear to endure, to varying degrees, in new urban programmes, with potentially far-reaching ramifications for urban governance.

Updated On : 18th Jan, 2018


(-) Hide

EPW looks forward to your comments. Please note that comments are moderated as per our comments policy. They may take some time to appear. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW.

Back to Top