Innovations for the Urban Poor, 2009

India Urban Space Urban Expo 2007– Transforming India’s Cities

The India Urban Space Expo held from September 27-30, 2007 at Mumbai was organized by Jana Urban Space Foundation (then India USP), in partnership with the Ministry of Urban Development, GoI and Indian Architect & Builder. The event aimed at uniting the entire chain of urban stakeholders thereby helping people make the right connections, fostering learning and catalyzing change.

Cities are about bringing multiple energies into a vibrant social and economic fabric, and the expo reflected that by bringing multiple energies together -to share, to learn, and most importantly, to implement as opposed to non-integrated conferences of the past which dealt with issues such as water, street lights, sewage, governance etc. in isolation. The event successfully brought together over 1000 delegates from all over the world – technical experts, local elected representatives, party members, commissioners, urban administrators, city engineers and officials, academicians, private sector representatives, civil society institutions and citizens.


The IndiaUSP – IL&FS Urban Implementation Awards 2007 for excellence were instituted to reward the city governments and agencies which had excelled at execution of urban infrastructure projects and service delivery and to encourage sharing and replication of best practices amongst cities. A total of 30 entries were received from cities across the country, and were judged by an independent expert group at the MoUD, on the basis of excellence or innovation in aspects of technical design and engineering, procurement and contracting, project management and project financing.

The awards were announced at the inauguration of the expo and comprised of a citation, trophy and a sponsored international study visit to a modern utility in a developing country environment to learn from and share experiences in urban management.

The 3 winning entries were from Suryapet Municipality, for a “Dust Bin Free and Zero Garbage Suryapet Town”, Indore Municipal Corporation for a public-partnership model in building city roads and U.P. Jal Nigam for use of innovative trenchless technologies for building sewer systems in congested areas in Rampur.


The event comprised of three components – Urban Expo, Workshop Programme and Policy Programme.

The Urban Expo brought 33 Urban Local Bodies and Urban Agencies face to face with 41 of India’s top urban infrastructure players. A unique feature of the Urban Expo was the one-on-one meetings organized between interested city officials and senior representatives from companies at Business Kiosks. The themes of these meetings were closely related to the priority urban infrastructure projects of participating city delegates.

The Workshop Programme comprised of spatial planning and technical workshops on a diverse range of topics such as Urban Transportation, Water Supply, Sewerage & Drainage, Solid Waste Management, Affordable Housing, IT Governance and Municipal Financing. These workshops were aimed at capacity building of officials involved in urban infrastructure projects and services delivery.

The Policy Programme on “Guaranteed Urban Land Title” brought together experts from different parts of the world, who shared generously the successes and challenges of providing robust records and security of tenure from other countries.

Sponsors who generously supported the idea of IndiaUSP Urban Expo, 2007 with spontaneous generosity were – IL&FS, HCC, IDFC and GMR, Feedback Ventures, SAP, ABM, GE Water, ESRI.

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