Indian cities have experienced rapid growth in the past years, opening up vast opportunities but also giving rise to big challenges for the governance of megacities. Through intensive study of secondary materials and direct meetings with policy makers at various levels, the project examines various aspects of governance in the five megacities Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai to find ways to improve metropolitan governance. An accompanying series of events brings together researchers, policy makers, and the public in order to spark a discussion on how to advance metropolitan governance.

The 74th amendment has treaded the path for multi-level governance of urban regions. So far however, the interplay between different levels of governance in metropolitan areas has remained ineffective for a variety of reasons, which the project analyses. The functional agencies in place right now are struggling with public resource management, ecological problems, and the provision of services. The study investigates, inter alia, the problems associated with solid waste management, transport, water resource, and land management.

It also hopes to shed light on puzzles regarding the demographics of urban regions and their various classifications. Furthermore, the research will investigate patterns of migration and how they relate to patterns of employment and economic activities. The resulting findings will allow for more informed and effective policy in the metropolitan areas of India.