Gujarat is one of the most urbanized states in the country with urban population of 2.57 crore accounting for 42.58% of the State's total population of 6.04 crore. The decennial growth rate of urban population is 35.83%. The urban sprawl comprises eight Municipal Corporations and 159 Municipalities including 18 Class "A", 33 Class "B", 45 Class "C" and 63 Class "D" Municipalities. Over and above, there are 16 constituted Urban/Area Development Authorities and 113 designated Area Development Authorities.
Burgeoning growth in urbanization has brought with it an increased pressure on physical and social infrastructure. The challenges of urbanization have unleashed a whole world of opportunities. Fully responsive to the needs and aspirations of the urban residents, the State Government formulated a comprehensive urban governance strategy and road-map in the "Urban Year 2005" under the visionary leadership of the Hon'ble Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Creating Clean, Green, Efficient,
Vibrant, Productive and Sustainable Cities
within a reasonable time-frame
with due thrust on People's Participation and Public-Private Partnership

This was followed by the environment-friendly campaign "Nirmal Gujarat" and "Garib Samruddhi Yojana" aimed at the empowerment of the urban poor. The vision has been widened and carried forward in the framework of the "Swarnim Jayanti Mukhya Mantri Shaheri Vikas Yojana" (Chief Minister's Urban Development Scheme) initially with an ambitious outlay of Rs. 7,000 crore to help realize the Urban Vision as also administrative & fiscal reforms in the Urban Local Bodies(ULBs), and subsequently with Rs. 18,000 crore over the next five years.

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Shri. Mukesh Puri, IAS

Principal Secretary

Gujarat Urban Development Mission