The CRISIL Awards for Excellence
in Municipal Initiatives were recently presented by S Jaipal Reddy, minister for
urban development, at the national conference on Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal
Mission (JNNURM) at DRDO Bhavan, in New Delhi.
the 35 cities that participated in the evaluation, nine were awarded across four
categories viz. mega cities, million plus cities, other JNNURM cities, and states.
in each of the categories were the municipalities of Chennai, Vishakapatnam, Ajmer,
and State of Orissa respectively.
runners-up were the municipal corporations of Ahmedabad, Vijayawada and Madurai
in million plus cities, Raipur and Rajasthan in state category.
the centre launched JNNURM in December 2005, it recognised that mere funding of
infrastructure projects would not transform cities. A strong focus on reforms,
both at the urban local body (ULB) level and at the state level are essential
for a city''s sustainable long-term growth.
Joshi, managing director & CEO, CRISIL risk and infrastructure solutions,
explained, "CRISIL recognises the significance of this combination of funding
& reforms, and its potential to create vibrant, eminently liveable, people-friendly
cities. The Awards were launched by CRISIL in partnership with Ministry of Urban
Development and this year''s theme was ''Commitment to Reforms under JNNURM''".
added, "The Awards complement the efforts of the Ministry and provide a framework
for assessing the commitments made by the urban local bodies. Going forward, we
believe they would form the basis for assessing the progress made by the state
governments and urban local bodies in reform implementation."
year''s edition is the third yet - the two earlier editions of the Awards were
centred on the theme of "Core Reforms" and "Partnerships".
widely disseminates these best practices through a "compendium of best practices"
with the objective of catalysing change in the urban sector.