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Urban renewal

Half Ticket

In transport and housing, the big urban movers, the public-private debate still holds us back.

Half Ticket
Rahul Surve
Half Ticket
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Meanwhile, in the capital, the metro is a successful initiative by an autonomous authority with the Delhi government and the GoI as stakeholders. The Delhi Metro Rail Corp, in fact, now advises other state/autonomous authorities like the Punjab government or Hyderabad administration on like projects. In Bangalore, the metro is a state initiative. In Hyderabad, the metro is an Andhra Pradesh government initiative, guided by the Union ministry of urban development. In Kochi, the debate is still on over the need for a metro; for now, it's being shepherded by the Kerala government. At the other end, it's early days on how the Delhi government-promoted and IDFC-supported High Capacity Bus System (HCBS) will fare on the ground.

'Urban renewal'—whatever its other components—is driven by massive transport projects. But most of India's recent initiatives on this front follow the conventional public entity or government-led model rather than the more contemporary PPP model. Why hasn't the partnership model struck roots in transport—and the other determining urban parameter, housing? Even in this liberalised era, typically a government or government-funded autonomous authority takes charge of a mega project start-to-finish or completely outsources it to private entities for construction and operation. "The Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) is still a good model rather than the government getting into partnerships," says Anil Deshmukh, Maharashtra public works minister.

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