Thursday, September 23, 2010

Case for improving the urban services

This book makes out a case for tapping the potential of land, either by lease or outright sale, as a means of financing urban infrastructure and public services.

The proportion of urban population in India grew from 11 per cent in 1901 to 29 per cent in 2001. What urbanisation has meant for the people's quality of life is clear from these data: 20 per cent of the country's population has no access to safe drinking water; 58 per cent lacks safe sanitary facilities; and over 40 per cent of the garbage generated is left uncollected.

The book is based on a study of the correlation between the financing and delivery of urban services, including water supply, sewerage, street lighting, and solid waste management, and the cities covered are Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, and Bangalore.

Full review here Hindu

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