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Governance of Megacities: Fractured Thinking, Fragmented Setup

K.C. Sivaramakrishnan (Author)

This is an elaborate study comparing the five large metropolitan regions of India - Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad. It traces the evolution of urban and metropolitan governance in India and examines the key aspects related to urban dynamics such as urban and regional planning, economic competitiveness, infrastructure and land management, environmental sustainability as well as the challenges in resource mobilization and metropolitan governance. The study is based on an extensive compilation of data on aspects such as demographics, economy, infrastructure, society, environment, political character, and institutions for governance. It provides an introduction to megacities in the Indian context and explains how urbanization was never promoted in the Indian Planning regime. While contributing greatly to the economic growth of the respective states and the country, the physical and demographic growth of these megacities has been accompanied by an ever increasing demand for infrastructure and essential services as well as social and environmental pressures. The governance and management of megacities has thus emerged as a formidable challenge to policymakers, administrators, and urban professionals. This book elucidates how urbanization was inevitable and was finally recognized as an economic and social reality by the Tenth five year plan.

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K.C. Sivaramakrishnan

After joining the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1958, and holding various assignments in West Bengal, K.C. Sivaramakrishnan moved to Delhi in 1985 where he served as the first Project Director of the Central Canga Authority, Secretary in the Ministry of Urban development, and Secretary (Supply) till his retirement in 1992. He also served in the World Bank as Senior Advisor, Urban Management. Since his return to the country in 1996, Sivaramakrishnan has been with the Centre for policy research as professor. Presently, he is Chairman of the CPR Board. He is also associated with the Institute of Social Sciences, Delhi, as senior fellow. In the academic sphere, Sivaramakrishnan was a Parvin fellow at Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University (1965), Visiting professor and Homi Bhabha Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (1977), and Senior lecturer at the Economic development Institute of the World bank (1978-1982). Trained in economics, political science and law, he has authored several books and papers on urban management, decentralization, electoral reforms and environment. He is also enrolled as a member of the Supreme Court Bar. 

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Title Governance of Megacities: Fractured Thinking, Fragmented Setup
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.01.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 0199454132, 9780199454136
length xli+326p., Illustrations; Maps; 23cm.