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Urbanisation in India

Urbanisation in India
Challenges, Opportunities and the Way Forward

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Isher Judge Ahluwalia - Chairperson, Board of Governors, the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi, India
  • Ravi Kanbur - Cornell University, USA
  • P. K. Mohanty - Chief Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh
Critical Acclaim

February 2014 | 358 pages | SAGE India
Urban areas are integral to India’s growth and development, accounting for around two-thirds of the country’s GDP. Analysing India’s rapidly expanding process of urbanisation, the book identifies the key challenges and opportunities and proposes suitable managerial and policy reforms. It addresses critical issues and puts forth suggestions for better planning financing alternatives and, most importantly, better governance for improved service delivery and affordable housing. Divided thematically into three sections, the volume takes into account the important facets of urbanisation, including the state of urban infrastructure and planning in India with due attention to sustainability, the role of finance in urban development and its dependence on governance, and  methods to generate good governance in public institutions, and the impact on housing and climate change.

The 11 essays included in this book have been written by leading analysts and practitioners, who propose critical reforms and policy interventions. The volume will be indispensable to students and scholars of urban economics, development studies, urban planning, business practitioners, policymakers as well as the informed general reader.

Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Ravi Kanbur and P K Mohanty
Challenges of Urbanisation in India: An Overview
Isher Judge Ahluwalia
Urban Infrastructure and Service Delivery
Isher Judge Ahluwalia and P K Mohanty
Planning and Markets for Urban Development in India
Montek S Ahluwalia and Ajay Mathur
Sustainable Urban Living
P K Mohanty
A Municipal Financing Framework
Jessica Seddon
Market Worthiness and Urban Local Governments
Anand Sahasranaman and Vikram Kapur
The Practice of PPP in Urban Infrastructure
Govinda Rao and Richard Bird
Governance and Fiscal Federalism
Samuel Paul
Generating Demand for Good Governance
Bimal Patel and V K Phatak
Integrating Redevelopment of Slums in City Planning
Deepak Parekh
Affordable Housing in Urban India

A most welcome contribution to the literature precisely because it shines the light on the non-financial challenges to sustainable urbanization.

Business Standard

A welcome addition to the extremely well produced product.

Business Standard

The book offers observations on a diverse number of issues and it does so in an insightful manner...all authors focus on exploring remedies rather than merely dissecting the problem...the book throws light on some aspects that we must start addressing immediately...performs the unpleasant yet required task of awakening its readers to reality.


The present volume on India’s urbanisation is timely and welcome...every paper is both analytical and practical...for anybody with an interest or responsibility in India’s urban affairs the book has a great deal to offer.... A very valuable contribution to the current discourse on strengthening urban institutions and policy in India.

Economic & Political Weekly

The book argues for a greater role of the city government in the growth of the city, the need for more investment in capacity building and infrastructure development and the need to involve the people of a locality more in governance.

The Tribune, 15 June 2014

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