Cities in Transition is a compilation of constructive and critical reflections on the issues of urban planning, housing, gender, governance, climate change, and the economy in the 21st century, focusing on India. This work places an emphasis on the state of affairs particularly policies, schemes, and implementation on the ground, highlighting the impact and mapping the way forward towards a responsible, inclusive, and sustainable built environment and effective decentralised urban governance.
About the Author
Tikender Singh Panwar is Former Deputy Mayor, Shimla, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute, New Delhi.
Being the Deputy Mayor of Shimla, he was able to create a vision with a development plan that spoke about inclusive growth, greater planned social infrastructure, and making the city – as well as the citizens – resilient. A model for democratic decentralization was also developed by strengthening the ward sabhas and empowering the ward committees.
He was also a member of the National Task Force to review the 74th Constitutional Amendment which speaks about decentralized governance.