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NURM and the Poor in Globalising Mega Cities

Darshini Mahadevia
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 41, No. 31 (Aug. 5-11, 2006), pp. 3399-3401+3403
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4418529
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NURM and the Poor in Globalising Mega Cities
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Abstract

The central government's National Urban Renewal Mission is expected to convert select cities into "world class" urban centres. The submission for basic services that falls under the NURM would benefit the poor only if they have security of tenure and their settlements and dwelling units get connected to these networks. The land question is central to making affordable housing available for the poor. Since the mission does not address this question, how would a city become world class without reaching out to half its population? The mission will instead encourage processes that would displace the poor, rather than include them in the process of city transformation.

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