School of Human Settlements, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar successfully organized a Business Colloquium on the topic “Who Governs the City?”
Mr. Mathew Idiculla, Lawyer, and Researcher and Policy Professional from the Centre for Law & Policy Research, Bangalore, shared his views on the topic and his thoughts on the legal frailty of local urban governments in India. He started by indicating the kind of ownership the local government has for their cities, taking examples of cities like London and Bogota. He tried to explain how the mayors were outlining the city’s vision and compared it with Mumbai, where the Chief Minister is outlining the vision of the city. The evident difference that he mentioned between global city governance and Indian city governance is the power distribution among the Local Authorities.