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Urban governance in India: Issues and challenges
The book tries to encapsulate paraphernalia of chapters pertaining to aforesaid matters. Poornima Kumaria defines the concept of urbanization and its growth in its demographic, economic, social, morphological realms
WITH RAPID urbanization, proliferation of cities, increasing population, there arises new challenges as these new vistas open up. Here comes a timely compilation of the issues, in the form of compilation of scholarly articles in the book titled Urban Governance in India: Issues and Challenges, associated within the prolematique of urbanization.

Urbanisation is an irreversible phenomenon now. Though the majority of the population still lives in villages, the nation is dominantly identified with image of its cities, as the jargon goes "Chak De India!" as opposed to Bharat, where the former is used in context to describe the urban while the latter to pronounce the rural lexicon. The rise of cities poses challenge to govern them well. Government can only be a falicitator, new policies are needed to tame forces of dynamic times, resources and funding, trade off between expectations and delivery, scope of participation avenues for public and private forces are significant factors to be pondered over and factored in for sound policy making.

The book tries to encapsulate paraphernalia of chapters pertaining to aforesaid matters. Poornima Kumaria defines the concept of urbanization and its growth in its demographic, economic, social, morphological realms etc. Prof Mohinder Singh and Amit Kumar try to give an outline about structures of urban local self-governments in India like constitutional sanctity to Municipal Corporations with the 74th constitutional amendment act.

Prof Sushma Yadav meticulously underlines how with the process of urbanization has been iniquitous in terms of its impact on lives of those who thrive in cities. She gives a detailed analysis of remedies to counter it like effective monitoring of poverty, development of infrastructure etc.

There are good case studies included in the book. Dr Ravinder Sharma talks about solid waste management in Jaipur city, Dr Adkisurender talks about Suryapet Municiplaity in Andhra Pradesh, Manoj Dixit and Akansha Nigam highlight about Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Plant in Lucknow. These chapters serve the useful purpose of learning from each other, though urban areas are diverse in terms of economics, demography yet there is common aspect of scarcity with forces of demand being in surplus over the supply.

The present global era is defined by the Internet revolution. How the tools of information technology are being used to cater to challenges of urbanisation – Logistics of E-urban governance is described in the chapter by Prof Sangeeta Sharma and Manish Kumar Meena. How the operational framework, how the base of people participation via the web is becoming enlarged, how technology boom is making matters easy and transparent for the urban democratic set up.

Thus, to sum up an apt compilation at an appropriate time. A useful handbook for students, teachers and researchers. However, the exorbitant price needs to be looked into so as to make it affordable for all.

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