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

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Directly Elected Mayors

A Step towards Democratic Urban Governance

The introduction of directly elected mayors has the potential to completely change not only the landscape of urban local body governance, but also the nature of citizens’ participation in the management of their cities. The benefits of the directly elected mayoral system and its influence on the dynamics of the existing political system are explored.

About 34% of India’s population is now living in urban areas (UN World Urbanization Prospect, 2018 report). Though the number of mega-sized urban clusters (with population > 50 lakh) has remained constant, the number of smaller urban clusters has been increasing rapidly over the years (Figure 1). These urban centres are now more “happening places” with greater investments and increased opportunities leading to sizeable migration from rural areas. However, such fast transformation has come with a myriad of problems of unplanned and unregulated expansion of urban boundaries, and mounting pressure on infrastructure and community resources resulting in poorer quality of life in these urban centres.

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Updated On : 22nd Nov, 2019
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