The standing and competitiveness of a country is largely determined by how the development and growth of its cities are managed. This paper examines the existing environmental situation in Indian cities with the objective of focusing on the emerging urban environmental crisis, which is receiving far less attention than issues such as global warming or the scarcity of water resources. Other important issue often overlooked while discussing the degradation of city environments are the roles of urban governance and city management. This paper is an attempt to critically analyze the role of urban governance in improving the city environment. It is argued that the present environmental crisis can be averted by a serious effort to redefine the roles of various institutions which govern the city and organizations that provide urban services.
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