High Powered Expert Committee (HPEC) of Ministry of Urban Development

High Powered Expert Committee (HPEC) of Ministry of Urban Development
Estimating the investment requirements for urban infrastructure services – Report of the High Powered Expert Committee (HPEC)
The report documents the nature of the urbanisation challenges facing India. Its central message is that urbanisation is not an option. Posted on 22 Mar, 2011 09:13 AM

Urban InfrastructureThis report on Indian urban infrastructure and services is an outcome of the High Powered Expert Committee (HPEC) chaired by Isher Judge Ahluwalia set up by the Ministry of Urban Development in May, 2008 for estimating the investment requirement for urban infrastructure services. It is an inevitable outcome of the faster rates of growth to which the economy has now transited. Indeed, urbanisation is itself a process that will support growth. The Committee has made recommendations on how to deal with these challenges of urbanisation.

The Committee has held several meetings with officials from the Government of India, state governments and local governments and also met with academicians and other stakeholders such as Asian Development Bank with interest and expertise in Indian urban issues.

The report argues that the challenge of managing urbanisation will have to be addressed through a combination of increased investment, strengthening the framework for governance and financing, and a comprehensive capacity building programme at all levels of government. The Committee has projected very large investment requirements for providing public services to specified norms and also supporting the growth process. The challenge of financing these investments is inextricably linked with the challenge of governing the cities and towns of India.