Research Studies

Publication Date: March 2011

The present study documents ten urban transport initiatives / projects undertaken or are being undertaken in ten cities of India. It covers four Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) projects of Ahmedabad, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur; five modern city bus services of Jalandhar, Jabalpur, Surat, Vadodara and Jalgaon; and multilevel underground parking project of Kolkata. Apart from Jaipur Public Transport (through BRT and modern city bus service) project, the remaining are Public-Private Partnership (PPP) based projects. For each, the study documents description of...

Publication Date: December 2010

Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India are getting grants from the Central Government as well as from the State Governments. These central and state grants are mainly based on the recommendations of Central Finance Commissions (CFCs) and State Finance Commissions (SFCs). This study thus focuses on various devolution packages and system of grants-in-aid suggested by the SFCs and CFCs in the five selected states and ten selected ULBs. These are: Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal and Ujjain); Orissa (Bhubneshwar and Puri); Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Vellore and Alandur); Gujarat (Ahmedabad and...

Publication Date: June 2003

Objective  of the Study:

Urban education has been severely affected by the spurt of urban population and expanding cities. The present study is thus an endeavour to understand the complexities of education service delivery in urban areas with the objective of reading into state urban education policy. This was undertaken in five selected cities-Jaipur, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Bhillai and Cuttack. Children from the selected squatter settlements in these cities were randomly identified using the following criteria- children attending...

Publication Date: December 2004

Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in India often face the pressure of inadequate resources to meet recurring expenditure and investment needs for core urban civic services. However, these authorities are making concerted efforts to enhance their resource base through a series of reforms at local levels. Several ULBs in Tamil Nadu is making rapid strides in resource mobilisation and capacity building at local levels by implementing accrual accounting systems, enabling regular revision of property taxes, facilitating public-private partnerships, offering incentives for better...

Publication Date: January 1988

In recent years 'Sites and Services' (S/S) projects have been one of the most widely applied tools to facilitate the low income urban population in terms of incremental rather than the conventional housing. In India too, these projects have been replicated on a large scale in all types of towns. The present study thus tends to look into the main constraints in the financing, generation, realisation and absorption processes; in order to suggest how this S/S approach can be more effectively applied to facilitate the low-income urban population in the wider context of...

Publication Date: January 1998

 

Urban India is in the midst of a transformation. In an era of economic reforms, liberalisation and globalisation, cities and towns are emerging as the centres of domestic and international investment. This is primarily due to their advantages of aggolmeration and the economies of scale and scope. The cities have been the locations of industrial and commercial activities and seats of government. Further, modern educational, health and entertainment facilities are most plentifully available at the city locations. Being the reservoirs of skill,...

Publication Date: February 1994

Urbanisation in India has been accompanied by two contrasting features - growth in economic activities and deterioration in the quality of life. One of the reasons for deteriorating quality of life in urban areas is the inability of the city governments to manage and augument the provision of infrastructure and services to meet the growing demands. It is now also being recognised that urban service delivery is not a problem that can be solved only by providing additional financial resources to local bodies. Recently, various forms of partnership arrangements between...

Publication Date: January 1990

The focus of the present study is to evaluate the impact of the IDSMT programme on the basis of certain set of questions such as, should the programme be continued in the Eighth Plan or not; if the programme is to be continued, then should it continue in the same form or in a different form; what has contrained the effective implementation of the IDSMT programme. The study however has shown that the process of selecting the towns for accelerated development under this programme has not been proper. It has thus been suggested in the study that IDSMT programme should be...

Publication Date: November 2005

The objective of the study are as follows:

  1. Review the current state of implementation of various mandatory and discretionary provisions of the Constitution (74th Amendment) Act;
  2. Number of urban local bodies (ULBs) in each State along with their names;
  3. Number of councilors number of women councilors, number of councilors belonging to Scheduled caste (SC) , Scheduled Tribe(ST), Backward Classes (BC).
  4. Number of SC/ST chairpersons;...

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