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Local governance: the critical challenges facing urban municipalities in India

Published on: 23/04/2008

A paper from the Asia Research Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK examines recent urban sector reforms and their implications for urban governance in India.

Data was obtained on key local government characteristics for six urban centres based in the northern and north-western states of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttaranchal in India. The key characteristics include constitution and governance, duties, composition, management and finance practices, and state/local-level initiatives and problems.

The study found that India's urban local governments are overwhelmed by critical problems that affect their ability to carry out their duties efficiently. The study identifies several important questions that Indian municipalities must address if appropriate solutions are to be found.

Source: id21, 22 Jan 2008

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