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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