Basic Urban Services, Decentralization and Local Development in Mumbai

The main purpose of this research project is to examine and analyse the differentiated changes affecting various urban services (water, power, sewerage and solid waste management) in the context of liberalisation, decentralisation and the ongoing reforms of the public sector.

Our starting point is the existing diversity of transformations according to sectors as well as the local political context.
This project will first examine the diversity of reforms (unbundling of public monopolies, introduction of private sector, participation of civil society et al.), the implementation of new modalities of service delivery (new coordination mechanisms among actors, modes of financing, spatialized policies according to the types of habitat) and their impact on access to services. It will also place this analysis in the context of urban reforms envisaged by the Central government (municipal accounting reforms, city challenge fund, output-based financing of urban local bodies). It finally aims at assessing how these new forms of urban governance, by contributing to the emergence of a hybrid model of service delivery, participate in the reshaping of the relationships between States and Urban Local Bodies and enable urban local bodies to drive their own economic development. Field work will be carried out in Mumbai, through quantitative surveys and qualitative interviews. This project is part of a collaboration between IRD (French Institute of Research for Development), the CSH and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai.


Institutional partnerships

- Go to the website IGIDR : Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (Mumbai, India)
- Go to the website IRD : Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (Paris, France)

Occasionnal Papers

- Download file "An alternative to conventional public water service : “user group networks” in a Mumbai slum", written by DE BERCEGOL Rémi, DESFEUX Adeline, edited by CSH Occasional Paper N°30, New Delhi (37 pages). Year of publishing: 2011.


- "Splintering urbanism in Mumbai: Contrasting trends in a multilayered society.", written by ZERAH Marie-Hélène,, 2008.
- "Middle Class Neighborhood Associations as Political Players in Mumbai.", written by ZERAH Marie-Hélène,, 2007 (XLII, 61-68 pages).
- "Le rôle des associations de résidants dans la gestion des services urbains à Hyderabad.", written by ZERAH Marie-Hélène,, 2007.
- "A l’heure de la participation pour la desserte des services urbains : le cas de Mumbai - Inde -", written by ZERAH Marie-Hélène,, 2006 (191-204 pages).
- "Reconfiguration of Power Relationships: Policies towards Urban Services in Mumbai.", written by ZERAH Marie-Hélène, edited by International Conference on Accumulation and Dispossession: Cities in the New Global Order., 2006, Mumbai.
- "Gouvernance métropolitaine et pilotage de réseaux techniques. Le cas de la région métropolitaine de Mumbai", written by ZERAH Marie-Hélène, edited by Revue Française d’Administration Publique, 2003, Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Paris, n°107 (395-407 pages).
- "Gouvernance métropolitaine et pilotage de réseaux techniques. Le cas de la région métropolitaine de Mumbai.", written by ZERAH Marie-Hélène,, 2003 (395-407 pages).
- "Dix ans de libéralisation de l'économie indienne : les effets limités de la gouvernance dans le secteur de l'eau et de l'assainissement.", written by ZERAH Marie-Hélène,, 2003 (91-106 pages).


- "Etude du réseau de distribution d'électricité à Mumbai. Interaction entre le mode de gestion du réseau et les dynamiques de fragmentations urbaines", written by FILIOR F. edited by MPhil dissertation, ENTPE, Vaux-en-Velin (70 pages). Year of publishing: 2004.