Urban Local Government, Infrastructure Planning and the Urban Poor - CASUMM-CIVIC study

The idea for a proposal to study the socio-economic and spatial impacts of large infrastructure projects on the periphery of Bangalore arose within CIVIC in 2005. There was insufficient information regarding the 8 urban local self governments (ULSGs) surrounding Bangalore although it was known that the most rapid development was taking place there. CASUMM’s involvement in the project dates back to November 2006 when its members started discussions with CIVIC on how such a research study could be carried out. This was also around the time that the state government announced plans to create a Greater Bangalore Municipal Corporation (what came to be known as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike- BBMP) by annexing all the 8 urban local self governments (ULSGs) around the Bangalore Municipal Corporation as well as 110 surrounding villages. CASUMM and CIVIC agreed that this provided a timely opportunity to understand how the transition in governance was taking place on the ground from Gram Panchayat (GP), City Municipal Council (CMC), and Town Municipal Council (TMC) to BBMP, and the larger implications for decentralized governance and local democracy. The project titled
“Urban Local Government, Infrastructure Planning and the Urban Poor” formally commenced in March 2007.