and sanitation, except Delhi none of the other five have less than three agencies to service them. There are eight bodies in Bangalore for making policy and guide industries. Mumbai has over twenty. And all these while for rural areas the state and central governments have agreed they need a single window clearance system to make decisions work.
In some respects Delhi is special within the group as it is the only one which has a state government broadly co-terminus with the urban area and therefore holds out the promise of faster decision making. The problem of decision making lies in these other Indian cities, locked in a political Gordian knot. Delhi is simpler to unravel but here too the silence of AAP on for instance Delhi and NCR’s contrasting needs show they are unaware of these complexities. Cutting water or power rates is not the most pressing among those.
Subhomoy is a deputy editor based in New Delhi