Panchayati raj: Failing the urbanization test12 min read 30 Apr 2013, 12:12 AM IST
Lack of decentralization means municipalities lack power, resources to meet rising aspirations of ‘middle’ India
Othakadai, Madurai (Tamil Nadu)/Hubli (Karnataka): S. Paramasivam, president of the Othakadai panchayat, has big plans for his area. “Rainwater harvesting, removal of encroachments on roads, waste recycling, covered drainage, bigger primary health care centres and community parks," lists the 58-year-old, who has spent 30 years in the stainless steel business that dominates industry in Othakadai (population 25,000), 18km from Madurai.
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