ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Elite Capture in Participatory Urban Governance

The responsibility of municipalities to provide crucial services is being increasingly passed on to the resident welfare associations located in middle and upper middle class areas in cities. Similar tools of intervention are absent in the slums and low-income neighbourhoods and even the local ward committees fail to represent their needs and aspirations. The RWAs are trying to sanitise their neighbourhood by attempting to remove encroachments and petty commercial establishments from their "gated" colonies. The very mechanism of the functioning of RWAs is likely to accentuate and institutionalise disparity within urban areas.



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