Pune s plan

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A voluminous document promises "the translation of visions into missions, missions into actions and actions into outcomes'. It is Pune's new city development plan (CDP), drafted by Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) with technical assistance from the Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion-Debt (FIRE-D) Project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This document is what decides the future course of Pune's development under JNNURM. But except for being posted on the Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC's) website since February 2006, it is hardly been circulated and is little read in Pune. Citizen groups have alleged that proper public consultation was not carried out before finalising the CDP.

Legally it is the urban local body that is authorised to hire a consultant to prepare its CDP. Sheela Barse, a Pune-based journalist and activist, in a recent article,