Friday, March 28, 2014

What is the role of municipal corporations in cities and how do they help for harmonious living?

Author: Sachin Gupta | Find me on Twitter

Owning a home is a dream that most individuals and families cherish. Not only it provides for stable shelter, societal acceptance, financial well being, but it also enables easy access to the credit market by working as collateral comfort / security. As per the Census 2011, 31.16 per cent of the total population is in the urban areas. However, owning a home is just one piece of harmonious living in the city of your dream/choice. There are other pieces which provide for the true wholesome living experience in a city. Some of these pieces are civic amenities such as water supply, sewage, drainage, recreational parks, internal roads, maintenance of buildings, etc.

And all of these amenities are provided by the local municipal corporations. Without the proper functioning of these corporations, living in a city would hardly be enjoyable. Even though, private developers are coming up with self sustainable townships that can address some of these issues, but importance of municipal corporations cannot be underestimated. These are government official bodies that provide civic services and administer a city with a population of 200000 or more inhabitants.

Therefore, having the knowledge about these municipal corporations is important in order to make sure that above listed civic amenities are provided continually. In the following table, information about municipal corporations is provided for Indian states and union territories such as West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Punjab, Puducherry, Orissa, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Goa, Delhi, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chattisgarh, Chandigarh, Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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