Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia is Chairperson, Board of Governors, ICRIER. She was Chairperson of the High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Services, the Government of India (2011). Her book “Transforming Our Cities: Postcards of Change” (HarperCollins, 2014), has received wide acclaim. She was awarded Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2009.
It is the state governments that have to go for greater devolution of financial resources, provide more autonomy to mobilise their own revenues, build their capacity for urban planning and management, and carry out legislative and administrative reforms to create an enabling environment in which cities can transform themselves to become healthy, smart and livable