Costs and Challenges of Local Urban Services

Evidence From India’S Cities

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ISBN:

9780198060840

Publication date:

06/08/2009

Hardback

288 pages

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ISBN:

9780198060840

Publication date:

06/08/2009

Hardback

288 pages

Kala Seetharam Sridhar

Suitable for: This book will be of interest to students and scholars of economics, sociology, urban studies, and public policy. It will also be useful for policymakers, NGOs, development agencies, and urban planners.

Rights:  World Rights

Kala Seetharam Sridhar

Description

With the world population expected to become two-thirds urban by 2025, cities in many developing countries are reeling under the negative impact of poor public services. This book analyses the provision of urban infrastructure by examining the costs and prices of key urban services in India. In the first study of this kind in India, Costs and Challenges of Local Urban Services examines the extent to which pricing structures of urban services conform to the marginal cost pricing principles. Using field data from six cities–Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bangalore, Pune, Jaipur, and Surat–the essays present a comparative perspective on diverse fiscal and institutional arrangements. Two detailed case studies–Ludhiana (Punjab) and Rajkot (Gujarat–identify various means to improve urban services. The book addresses three key questions: First, what are the marginal costs of water supply in India's cities? Second, with respect to services such as solid waste management, sanitation, sewerage, street lighting, and roads, what is the total expenditure required for ensuring a certain benchmark level of services? Finally, what are the challenges faced by India's cities in reforming their service delivery? Timely and relevant, the book provides invaluable inputs for service delivery reform in cities of developing countries.

Kala Seetharam Sridhar

Kala Seetharam Sridhar

Kala Seetharam Sridhar

Kala Seetharam Sridhar

Description

With the world population expected to become two-thirds urban by 2025, cities in many developing countries are reeling under the negative impact of poor public services. This book analyses the provision of urban infrastructure by examining the costs and prices of key urban services in India. In the first study of this kind in India, Costs and Challenges of Local Urban Services examines the extent to which pricing structures of urban services conform to the marginal cost pricing principles. Using field data from six cities–Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bangalore, Pune, Jaipur, and Surat–the essays present a comparative perspective on diverse fiscal and institutional arrangements. Two detailed case studies–Ludhiana (Punjab) and Rajkot (Gujarat–identify various means to improve urban services. The book addresses three key questions: First, what are the marginal costs of water supply in India's cities? Second, with respect to services such as solid waste management, sanitation, sewerage, street lighting, and roads, what is the total expenditure required for ensuring a certain benchmark level of services? Finally, what are the challenges faced by India's cities in reforming their service delivery? Timely and relevant, the book provides invaluable inputs for service delivery reform in cities of developing countries.

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