Civic IssuesSeven of the world’s most densely populated cities are located in India. The urban growth of cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore has been continuing, unchecked and unplanned with under-investment in infrastructure for far too long. In a recent report by McKinsey, it has been highlighted that India needs to invest at least $1.2 trillion in its urban infrastructure over the next two decades.
India currently invests only $17 per capita, which, when compared to other countries, is extremely low. While improving the quality of urban infrastructure is important, a more pressing issue is enriching the quality of citizenship – the role played by urban residents in influencing local civic bodies and in the local decision-making process, leading to a higher quality of civic life.