At its core, a city-renewal scheme, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission or the JNNURM is an attempt to enhance and develop cities across the nation.
The scheme is named after Pt. Jawarharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India who had the vision of a New India.
The scheme was inaugurated on the 3rd of December 2005, by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Objective of the Scheme
The primary objective of the scheme is to improve the quality of life of the residents of cities across the nation. It is considered to be one of the earliest schemes launched towards the development of cities and ran successfully for a span of 7 years; enough to bump up the advancement of the cities to the current conditions they now are.
JNNURM set the right platform for development, based on which current development takes place as we saw upcoming projects like Metro lines – both underground and over.
Funding for the JNNURM
Funding for the scheme came from both – the central and the state governments. However, the percentage of contribution from both varied from one city to another. While in some cities the centre granted 90% and state granted 10% while in others the centre granted 80% and State granted 10% while the remaining 10% was granted by loans from financial institutions.
The JNNURM stands as a prime example of successful schemes carried out in the country – the ripples of which are still felt around us. Schemes implemented these days for the enhancement of cities build up on the success of JNNURM, only to reach heights unimagined before.