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REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee - Vehicles move along New Delhi's Connaught Place during evening hours, October 28, 2014.

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A governance-first approach to India’s smart cities

January 12, 2016, Adie Tomer, Ankit Bhatia and Janani Shankaran

India’s 100 Smart Cities initiative recognizes the country’s growing metropolitan areas as a frontier for opportunity. Unfortunately, the inability of municipal governments to lead may be the greatest barrier to unlocking their full potential. Within India’s federalist system of central, state and municipal government, states exercise considerable power in local urban development, resulting in inefficiencies and limited municipal capacity. Addressing these structural problems and leadership shortcomings is of utmost importance for the three cities participating in the U.S.-India Smart Cities partnership—Ajmer, Allahabad, and Visakhapatnam—and beyond. 

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