New Delhi, Feb 15: Criticising the previous UPA government's approach on urban planning, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu has said that the "top-down" approach resulted in "design flaws" and led to "sub-optimal performance" by states under the JNNURM scheme.
After taking charge of the ministries of Urban Development and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in July last year, he had initiated extensive consultations with states, Union Territories, municipal bodies and other stakeholders with the objective of taking all on board on the NDA government's initiatives.
The consultation process on various NDA initiatives like Smart City and Housing for All by 2022 concluded in Kolkata on Saturday.
"The protracted consultations were organised to involve states, Union Territories and urban local bodies at the stage of conceptualisation of new schemes... So far, urban schemes used to be designed in New Delhi and states were asked to implement them in a top-down approach, which was not desirable," Naidu said.
"That approach resulted in design flaws and implementation issues leading to sub-optimal performance by all states and UTs under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) over the last nine years," he said, adding that he was "keen to reverse this philosophy and instead go for a bottom-up approach with inputs and ideas flowing from urban local bodies and states."
Naidu said that the consultations were meant to share the NDA government's initiatives for the urban sector with the states and UTs so as to bring them on board about the initiatives on Smart Cities, National Urban Development Mission for 500 cities, Housing for All by 2022, Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana (DAY) for skill development in urban areas and Swachh Bharat Mission.
In view of the need for huge private sector investment in the new schemes, detailed consultations were also held with realtor bodies like NAREDCO, IREDA, etc.
With the focus on adopting information and communications technology (ICT) platforms to improve urban governance, several rounds of consultations were held with Indian and foreign IT companies as well.