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Last Updated: January 23, 2012, 22:30 IST

Indians want metros to become city states

According to a CNN-IBN and GfK Mode Poll, a majority of Indians lacks a sense of belonging with the city it lives in.

New Delhi: Do Indians lack a sense of belonging with the city they live in? According to the 'State of the Nation' poll by CNN-IBN and GfK Mode, a majority of the urban citizens say they would never get involved in community welfare associations.

Research Organisation GfK Mode conducted the survey in eight cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh

The survey was conducted between January 11 and January 14, 2012. In all, 1731 persons above 18 years of age were interviewed.

According to the poll, only 1 per cent respondents get involved with activities of Resident Welfare Associations on a daily basis. Thirty-eight per cent people say that they sometimes get involved with the activities of RWA or Group Housing Society. However, 61 per cent people never get involved with the activities of RWA.

The cities of the south and west are most active, whereas the cities of the north are the least active with 88 per cent people in Delhi saying that they never get involved with the activities of RWA.

Lack of time and a feeling that city officials are corrupt is what keeps urbanites away from community involvement. When asked about the reasons for their non-participation, 65 per cent people said that lack of time was the main reason, 45 per cent felt that their involvement was not necessary, 27 per cent people felt that civic agencies were corrupt and 19 per cent said that civic agencies discouraged public participation. Time pressure is a key barrier to higher involvement with community activities. Four out of 10 in Delhi and Bangalore feel that the civic agencies are corrupt.

Majority say that major metros should become city states and have their own chief ministers. When asked whether people think if most of the corporators or councilors were dishonest, 42 per cent people said that some of them were dishonest, 35 per cent said that they believe that most of the corporators were not honest, 19 per cent said that all councilors were dishonest and only four per cent people feel that none of them were dishonest.

Sixty-one per cent of the people agreed to the suggestion of turning Metropolitan cities into city states like New Delhi and have their own chief ministers.

However, when asked if people will vote to elect their councilor or ward representative, 87 per cent said they will.

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first published:January 23, 2012, 22:30 IST
last updated:January 23, 2012, 22:30 IST