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MUMBAI SHINES IN CITY REFORMS

Mumbai seems to be shining in city reforms as the city achieved multiple targets under JNNURM while Delhi lags behind a study has revealed. The national capital is lagging way behind other metros when it comes to the execution of path-breaking reforms under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, which aims at revamping infrastructure and urban governance in cities. But there’s good news for the financial capital as Mumbai, along with Chennai and Kolkata, has achieved most of the reforms, even optional ones, at the local body and the state level. Delhi, though, appears to be postponing timelines for them. According to the latest report on the status of urban and state-level reforms to be carried out by mission cities to get funding for projects, Mumbai and Chennai have already achieved the reform target of property tax coverage of 80% along with Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Surat. Collection efficiency of 90% has been met by Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. When it comes to introducing egovernance in city administration, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata have already implemented the reforms, while other cities like Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad and Surat have also executed reforms aimed at ensuring online utilities for people. But Delhi has failed to do so even after four years of the launch of the JNNURM. However where Delhi has figured along with 47 cities in undertaking revision of building bye-laws for mandatory rainwater harvesting in all buildings, Mumbai, which is facing a huge water crisis, has failed to meet this condition. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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