ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Local Area Development Paradox

The Case of the Chennai Corporation

Despite an increase in allocation of local area development funds to councillors and  mayors of the Corporation of Chennai over the last decade, their utilisation has dwindled. Whether this paradox could be attributed to plain and simple inertia afflicting the city councillors or bureaucratic hurdles, is something which needs to be analysed.

Local governance in Chennai is ridden with a curious paradox. The elected representatives have substantial funds to spend on development works, and there is a pressing need for infrastructure, yet the funds are not being utilised.

According to data provided by the Corporation of Chennai under the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2005, more than 80% of funds allotted to successive mayors of Chennai for development works over the last 10 years remain unutilised.[i]

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