State of Urban Services in Indias Cities: Spending and Financing

Hardcover | September 25, 2010

byKala Seetharam Sridhar, A. Venugopala Reddy

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With increasing population and expanding demand for urban infrastructure services, the capacities of local governments in many developing and newly industrialized countries are overburdened. Adequate infrastructure is not only necessary for increasing productivity but also raising the generalquality of living.Given the primacy of municipal finances and the importance of public service delivery for cities to become engines of economic growth, this book answers two questions: Does finance, or more specifically low expenditure, explain the state of poor service delivery? If the answer to the first questionis yes, how can urban local bodies have access to greater resources to enable them to improve their public delivery? Using case studies of four cities-Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, and Bangalore-that are representative of various regions in the country, this book examines the relationship betweenspending and services. More specifically, it examines the role of land as a revenue-generating source in India's cities.

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With increasing population and expanding demand for urban infrastructure services, the capacities of local governments in many developing and newly industrialized countries are overburdened. Adequate infrastructure is not only necessary for increasing productivity but also raising the generalquality of living.Given the primacy of munic...

Kala Seetharam Sridhar is Senior Research Fellow at the Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore. A. Venugopala Reddy is Research Officer, also at the Public Affairs Centre, Bangalore.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pagesPublished:September 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198065388

ISBN - 13:9780198065388

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List of Tables and FiguresAcknowledgementsList of Abbreviations1. Objectives, Survey of Literature, and Methodology2. Finances and Public Service Delivery in Ahmedabad3. Finances and Public Service Delivery in Kolkata4. Finances and Public Service Delivery in Jaipur5. Finances and Public Service Delivery in Bangalore6. Summary of Findings and Concluding RemarksReferences