The role of local governance in India is as crucial as it is under-appreciated. Capacity and issues around administrative powers have always proved to be a challenge that has restricted our cities from achieving their full potential. ULBs across the country lack autonomy in city management and several city-level functions are still managed by the state. Lack of devolution of taxation powers and poor user charge structures often lead to stressed municipal finances. These challenges have led to poor service delivery in cities and have created administrative and governance challenges at the municipal level. This panel will deliberate upon such existing gaps and practical ways to address this challenge.