Costs and Challenges of Local Urban Services: Evidence from Indias Cities

Hardcover | October 1, 2009

byKala Seetharam Sridhar, Om Prakash Mathur

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With increasing urbanization, rural-urban migration and associated problems have received a lot of attention in the literature and policy making. However, the question that remains unaddressed is whether India is over-urbanized in relation to the level of its development. If so, how can weidentify this phenomenon more systematically? This study examines the provision of infrastructure in India's urban areas by examining the costs of providing these services. The authors estimate marginal costs of water supply, and compare these marginal costs with the user prices actually charged invarious Indian cities. The authors also argue that under-spending in the case of several local urban services might explain poor service delivery in India's cities. They analyse the challenges in reform of service delivery in the context of developing countries, using case studies of Ludhiana(Punjab) and Rajkot (Gujarat). The effort is to study the challenges to service delivery, identify the bottlenecks in reform, and analyse means to improve and reform service delivery in these cities.

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With increasing urbanization, rural-urban migration and associated problems have received a lot of attention in the literature and policy making. However, the question that remains unaddressed is whether India is over-urbanized in relation to the level of its development. If so, how can weidentify this phenomenon more systematically? T...

Kala Seetharam Sridhar is Ford Public Affairs Fellow at the Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore. Om Prakash Mathur is Professor of Urban Economics and Finance at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019806084X

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List of Figures and TablesAcknowledgements1. IntroductionPart I:2. Sampling And Methodology for Marginal Cost Estimation of Water Supply3. Data Sources and Variable Definitions4. Findings from Data on Water Supply5. Instruments and Methods of Water PricingPart II:6. Solid Waste Management7. Other ServicesPart III:8. Urban Reforms - A Case Study of Ludhiana9. Urban Reforms in Rajkot10. Summary and ConclusionsReferences