Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Governement of India
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) is the apex authority of Government of India at the national level to formulate policies, sponsor and support programme, coordinate the activities of various Central Ministries, State Governments and other nodal authorities and monitor the programmes concerning all the issues of urban development in the country.
The Ministry was constituted on 13th May, 1952 when it was known as the Ministry of Works, Housing & Supply, Subsequently it was renamed as Ministry of Works & Housing when a separate Ministry of Supply came up. The name of the Ministry was changed to Ministry of Urban Development in September, 1985 in recognition of the importance of urban issues.
As per Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules 1961, planning and coordination of urban transport systems with technical planning of rail based systems as well as tramways including elevated high speed trams within municipal limits or any other contiguous zone fall under the purview of this ministry besides various other activities.