Thursday, February 22, 2007
How to solve the problem of Uttar Pradesh
Pratap Bhanu Mehta has a article in Indian Express where he says that the way forward, to break the gridlock of UP politics, is to break UP up into three small states. I think there is merit in this approach. In parallel, enlarging the state of Delhi to include NOIDA and Gurgaon would improve urban planning. NOIDA and Gurgaon are already suburbs of Delhi; it is time for this to be recognised in administrative arrangements. In a similar vein, a way to improve electricity distribution in Maharashtra is to enlarge the size of the footprint of BSES, and thus reduce the economic impact of MSEB. This idea works for the other two private distribution companies - Ahmedabad and Calcutta - also. To the extent that territory responds to performance, and is not a jagirdari, this would induce greater pressures to perform.