Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, Mumbai



In the year 1968, the erstwhile Ministry of Health, Family Planning and Urban Development and (now known as Ministry of Urban Development),  Government of India established the Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies (RCUES) at AIILSG, Mumbai to undertake urban policy research, technical advisory services, and building work capabilities of senior and middle level municipal officials, and elected members from the States of Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and UT’s of Diu, Daman, Dadra & Nagar Haveli in western region and Assam and Tripura States in North East Region. The RCUES is fully supported by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.  The Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India has formed National Review and Monitoring Committee for RCUES under the chairmanship of the Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.   The Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department of Government of Maharashtra is the ex-officio Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the RCUES, Mumbai, which is constituted by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

In the year 1991, the RCUES was recognized by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India as a National Training Institute (NTI) to undertake capacity building of project functionary, municipal officials, and municipal elected members under the earlier urban poverty alleviation programme-UBSP. In the year 1997, the Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment recognized RCUES of AIILSG as a NTI for capacity building under SJSRY, the centrally sponsored poverty alleviation programme in the States and UT’s in the western region, Madhya Pradesh, and Chattisgarh.

In 2005, the Ministry of Urban Employment and Poverty Alleviation (MOUE&PA), Government of India and UNDP have set up the `National Resource Centre on Urban Poverty’ (NRCUP), which is anchored by Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies (RCUES), All India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), Mumbai  under GOI – UNDP, project titled `National Strategy for the Urban Poor’.

In 2009, the RCUES, AIILSG Mumbai was recognized as a `Nodal Resource Centre’ on SJSRY (NRCS) by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.

Since 2000, the AIILSG, Mumbai houses the Solid Waste Management (SWM) Cell backed by the Government of Maharashtra for capacity building of municipal bodies and provide technical advisory services to ULBs in the State.  In 2008 Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) established Solid Waste Management Cell to provide technical advise for development of regional landfill sites and capacity enhancement in Solid Waste Management for urban local bodies in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

On 13th January, 2010 Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra established Change Management Unit (CMU) in AIILSG, Mumbai which was supported by Government of Maharashtra.  The CMU was anchored by AIILSG, Mumbai for Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra  from 13th January, 2010 to 30th June, 2014.

In 2010, the AIILSG, Mumbai is selected as a Nodal Agency by Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra in preparation of City Sanitation Plans for 19 Municipal Corporations and 15 A Class Municipal Councils in Maharashtra State, under the assistance of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

On 5th September, 2011, Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra established Waste Management & Research Centre in AIILSG, Mumbai, which will be supported by Government of Maharashtra and MMRDA.

The RCUES, AIILSG, Mumbai is recognized in October 2011 as a Nodal Resource Centre (NRC) for RAY by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.

The AIILSG, Mumbai is empanelled in November, 2011 as National Resource Institution for North, East, West and South Regions for `Social Development & Community Mobilization by RAY Directorate, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.

The AIILSG, Mumbai is handling major Project on Performance Assessment System (PAS) in Maharashtra covering all 259 ULBs in collaboration with CEPT, Ahmedabad & in close cooperation with Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Urban Development Department, and Directorate of Municipal Administration, Government of Maharashtra.

On 10th April, 2012 Water Supply & Sanitation Department, Government of Maharashtra established Service Level Benchmarking (SLB) Cell at AIILSG, Mumbai for undertaking research, analysis capacity building ULBs for Service Level Benchmarking analysis work in 252 ULBs in Maharashtra.

In 2014, the AIILSG, Mumbai is also empanelled as Research & Training Institution by National Health Mission, Government of Maharashtra – State Health Systems Resource Centre, Pune (SHSRC, Pune). more…