India Infrastructure Report 2023

On December 4, 2023, the India Infrastructure Report 2023 on Urban Planning and Development was released virtually by Shri Venkaiah Naidu, former Vice-President of India, and Mr. Amitabh Pant, G20 Sherpa of India.

About IIR 2023

The India Infrastructure Report 2023 comprises 25 chapters written by prominent figures in urban development. It serves as a crucial resource for policymakers, investors, academics, and multilateral agencies involved in India’s infrastructure and urbanization.

Key Highlights

  • Focus on the transformative potential of digital technology
  • Examination of financial dimensions and PPPs
  • Emphasis on urban transportation planning and redevelopment
  • Comprehensive insights into effective urban governance

Roadmap for Urban Development

One notable feature of the report is the detailed roadmap for improving existing cities through urban redevelopment. Shri Naidu highlighted its insights into planning Greenfield cities efficiently. The report aims to enhance urban development in the region and establish connections with neighboring states.

Transformative Role of Digital Technology

The report emphasizes the transformative potential of digital technology in shaping India’s urban landscape. It focuses on ‘smart cities,’ performance criteria, and financial dimensions, giving special attention to public-private partnerships, financial sustainability, and municipal bonds.

Organizations Behind the Report

IDFC Foundation

IDFC Foundation, a not-for-profit institution, focuses on philanthropic initiatives in social infrastructure. It actively engages in research, policy advocacy, and capacity building in various infrastructure sectors.


Established in 2000 as a joint venture, iDeCK catalyzes well-planned, sustainable infrastructure projects, especially through public-private participation. With extensive experience, iDeCK contributes to infrastructure development in India.

NIUAEstablished in 1976, the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) acts as a national think-tank under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. It conducts research, knowledge exchange, and capacity development to address urban challenges.



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