Status of Urban Local Governance in India: With a Case Study of Delhi

The report surveys the status of urban local government bodies in Indian states including their functioning, delivery of basic services, finances, elections, and reservations. The key findings of the report include variations in the constitution of urban local bodies (ULBs) in India, the inadequacy of ULBs in delivering public services, the weak financial status of ULBs and lack of taxation power, and finally erratic elections of the municipalities. Another area that the report focuses on is the institutions that are built to ensure self-governance and citizen participation. Through the case study of Delhi’s municipality, the report highlights that citizen participation institutions are inadequate and decentralisation in Delhi creates huge bottlenecks in governance due to overlap between local, state and central governments.

Report prepared by Sidhant Kumar, Research Assistant.

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