Challenges for Urban Local Governments in India

Topics: Town, City, Local government / Pages: 185 (46100 words) / Published: Nov 26th, 2012
Asia Research Centre Working Paper 19

Challenges for Urban Local Governments in India

Written by

Rumi Aijaz
Rumi Aijaz was Visiting Research Fellow at Asia Research Centre in 2006.

A section of this working paper has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Asian and African
Studies, by Sage Publications Ltd.

Copyright © Rumi Aijaz, 2007
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Urban local government institutions/municipalities are constituted for the maintenance and planned development of urban areas. The objective is to ensure that suitable levels of infrastructure and services are available to the citizens. In many parts of India, the quality of life in urban areas is miserable and the citizens lead a difficult life. To overcome this problem, a series of reforms have been initiated by the Indian government to strengthen local-level governance. The main purpose of this working paper is to describe the major issues of governance at the local level and to identify some important challenges for urban local government institutions in India in the light of recent urban sector reforms. This assessment is based on data collected from six urban centres situated in three northern/north-western states (namely Haryana,

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