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Sarani Khatua

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Sarani Khatua
Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Urban Economic Studies, University of Calcutta, India

Khatua, Sarani. "MUNICIPAL FINANCE OF SUBURBAN MUNICIPALITIES-KOLKATA METROPOLITAN AREA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 4, no. 3, Mar. 2019, pp. 1646-1662, Accessed Mar. 2019.
Khatua, S. (2019, March). MUNICIPAL FINANCE OF SUBURBAN MUNICIPALITIES-KOLKATA METROPOLITAN AREA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 4(3), 1646-1662. Retrieved from
Khatua, Sarani. "MUNICIPAL FINANCE OF SUBURBAN MUNICIPALITIES-KOLKATA METROPOLITAN AREA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 4, no. 3 (March 2019), 1646-1662. Accessed March, 2019.

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Generating fiscal resource to enable provision of basic services and infrastructure has been a challenge especially in the Indian scenario, which has witnessed considerable urbanization in recent decades. The metropolitan areas, which dominates the urban scenario, often considered in holistic way. In order to delve deeper into the multiplicity of a metropolis, and look into the suburban scenario with regards to municipal revenue, this paper takes the case of suburban municipalities of Kolkata Metropolitan Area. Through the review of recent municipal revenue data obtained from state government the study tries look beyond the core city. It explores to find that even after almost twenty seven years of structural adjustment initiative launched in India, percentage of own revenue remains low for the suburban municipalities and they are more dependent on central and state government grant. Being part of the metropolitan area, the municipalities remain within the domain of the planning authority and the dependence has remained intact, despite the respective local self-government are constitutionally recognized. This reiterates local self-government's status in India more prominently in Kolkata as state dependent rather than a separate governance institution.