ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Techno-politics of Disavowal and Disdain in an Urbanising Frontier

‘Designed to Fail’

By taking the case of sewage infrastructure in the city of Gurgaon, the paper makes two observations. First, it argues that the dismal state of infrastructure in most parts of Gurgaon is linked to a culture of uncertainty around the roles and responsibilities of different governmental bodies and around the administrative designation of urban, rural, and transitional areas. It suggests that such pervasive uncertainty is generative, creating a policy vacuum that not only allows private service providers to have a free run but also produces “a system that is designed to fail” for some and not others. Second, the paper argues that sewage networks, or their absence do the techno-political work of routinely overlooking and disavowing spaces that house local villagers, migrant subaltern classes, and the urban poor.

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Updated On : 23rd Aug, 2017

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