Vidhi’s report on financing urban local bodies looks at the legal impediments that restrict urban local bodies in Karnataka from being financially independent. The report finds that City Corporations of Benglauru, Mysuru, Mangaluru and Davangere rely heavily on State Government grants and are unable to maximize their revenue potential due to shortcomings in the law. Areas such as self-assesment scheme, guidance value determination, levy of penalty for property tax have been looked at in eyes of law in the report. The report also looks at collection of water charges and innovative financing options which can be strengthened by changes in the law.
Shashank Atreya is a Research Fellow at Vidhi, Bengaluru. He is a graduate of law and business administration. He works primarily with the Karnataka Government to advice various departments in the areas of municipal governance, urban development, urban transport and education. In his past assignments, Shashank worked as an Associate with Chase-India, a public policy consulting firm in Delhi.
Alok Prasanna Kumar is Senior Resident Fellow and Team Lead, Vidhi Karnataka. His areas of research include Judicial Reforms, Constitutional law, Urban Development, and Law and Technology. He graduated with a B.A. LL.B. (Hons) from the NALSAR University in 2008 and obtained the BCL from the University of Oxford in 2009. He writes a monthly column for the Economic and Political Weekly and has published in the Indian Journal of Constitutional Law and National Law School of India Review apart from media outlets such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Scroll, Quint and Caravan. He has practiced in the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court from the chambers of Mr Mohan Parasaran, and currently also co-hosts the Ganatantra podcast on IVM Podcasts.