Masters Thesis 2015-2017

Understanding the role of the Kudumbashree women workers in Solid waste management of Thrissur Town

by Vishnu Sagar T.R.
Faculty: Dr. Lalitha Kamath

Collection and transporting of solid waste have large role in municipal budget and have direct impact on urban living. The term Solid Waste Management include the initial stage of waste at the household, shops or business premises, the loading, unloading and transfer of waste and all stages of transporting the waste until it reaches its final destination, a treatment plan or disposal site. Regular salaried job requires skill and high levels of literacy. But this may not be the case of the entire womanhood. Most of the urban poor are either unemployed or employed as casual labourers. They have no job security, no assets, limited skills, fewer opportunities and no surplus to sustain them.

Impact Assessment of the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme in Pilkhuwa: The Emerging power dynamics in governance.

by Harshali Dalal
Faculty: Dr. Ratoola Kundu

The objective of the research is the impact assessment of the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Satellite Town on the city and the governance in Pilkhuwa, with focus on the new water supply system and the reforms introduced, and to suggest a new process to introduce a central government led scheme and implement the reforms aimed at improving governance and enhancing capacity building in small towns.

Perspectives on Urbanization and Challenges to Governance in Churachandpur Town

by Lunkholal Haokip
Faculty: Dr. Lalitha Kamath

The Study addresses Urbanization with the concern of the Missing Level of Governing body. The concern is how the people and governing bodies are performing in this pace of rapid urbanization without town level governance. Peopleā€Ÿs perspectives and responses about Urbanization and the coming future with this pace of Urbanization are the intention of this research which will give reasons for why there can be no Town level Governing Body and reflects the play of politics in which the question of ethnicity and identity govern the communities living there and is the main obstacle for the people and the governing bodies to address the changes appropriately and effectively.

Urban Governance and capacity building at the grassrots: A study of a ward office in Municipal Corpoation of Greater Bangalore

by Pooja Vincia Dsouza
Faculty: Dr. Lalitha Kamath

This study has examined the organisation and functioning of a h Ward Office in the Municipal Corporation of Greater Bangalore. The study, being a qualitative one has used the Participative Observation method to get detailed understanding of the various factors that influence how much and what work is done by this micro institution. Two domains within the functional boundaries of the Ward Office were chosen; they were Solid Waste Management and Civil Works. Using these as means, various inferences about the staffing patterns, job roles, nature of employment, methods of appointment etc. have been used in this study.

With (out) homes (A socio-spatial discourse on the street dwelling communitites of Kamathipura)

by Kastaurika Saikia
Faculty: Dr. Amita Bhide

This study involves a ground up viewing of the lifeworlds of the street dwelling Vagri community in Kamathipura and delves into an ethnographic research to understand their sociospatiality. It tries to understand how space becomes a resource to these people in carrying out their processes of socialization and social reproduction and in the present times, how this resource is becoming scarce to them. It closely examines the dialectic of the housed and the houseless and how the spatial divide of the public-private affects both their worlds. It upholds the voice and agency of the street people in coping with their precarious existence by understanding their multitude efforts in relationship building with informal power loci or in bypassing the formal power structure in order to establish their claims and maintain their occupancy over space.

Planning and governance on VIP Road, Pune

by Armaan Jena
Faculty: Dr. Ratoola Kundu

The dissertation is divided in two parts – the first part sets up the frame with a universalistic introduction to roads and planning which is then inversed so as to introduce and enumerate the need and process of road development along the research site which is popularly known as VIP road in the city of Pune. The second part encompasses the findings and analysis that is a critique of planning and governance that has transpired on this road as well as an indictment of the prevailing ideology that undergirds transportation.