The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission would be launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on December 3.
The mission would cover about 60 cities with a million-plus population, all state capitals and some other cities considered important from religious, historical and tourist point of view, Prime Ministers media advisor Sanjay Baru said on Monday.
It would give focussed attention to the integrated development of urban infrastructure and services, with special emphasis on provision of basic services to the urban poor, including housing, water supply, sanitation, slum improvement and community toilets/baths.
The mission would be guided by a national steering group chaired by the urban development minister and co-chaired by the minister of state for urban employment and poverty alleviation.
The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission would be launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
The main thrust of the sub-mission on urban infrastructure and governance would be on major infrastructure projects relating to water supply, including sanitation, sewerage, solid-waste management, urban transport and road network.
Programmes like slum-improvement and rehabilitation, sites and services, night-shelters, community toilets and housing for the poor would be taken up by the sub-mission on basic services to urban poor.