The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) is a reform driven infrastructure improvement program. To bring about urban transformation JNNURM has synthesized urban reform initiatives of the past and designed a comprehensive urban reform agenda which forms a part of the tri-partite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between Ministry of Urban Development (MOUD), the State Government and the Urban Local Bodies. The States and the cities have committed to a specific timeline for implementing the reforms within the Mission period.
The Mission Directorate wanted to take up an in-depth appraisal and assessment of the implementation of these reforms in order to capture their impact, as well as identify some of the emerging good practices and key hurdles in the implementation of these reforms. In this context, the MOUD has appointed National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), New Delhi as a reform appraisal agency to monitor the implementation of reforms being undertaken by the state governments and ULBs under JNNURM.
NIUA is carrying out reform appraisal for 14 JNNURM cities, and 18 towns (under UIDSSMT), spread over six states and two union territories.