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Getting to the Green Frontier
Jan 26, 2022

Getting to the Green Frontier

The Indian government’s commitment to pursuing low-carbon development is evident in its ambitious targets and path-breaking climate initiatives

Harnessing data to optimise air quality policies
Jul 24, 2023

Harnessing data to optimise air quality policies

A dynamic framework incorporating predictive policy formulation supported by data can be the next phase in tackling air quality issues effectively and

Have Indian cities bid farewell to the Bus Rapid Transit System?
Nov 03, 2020

Have Indian cities bid farewell to the Bus Rapid Transit System?

BRTS cities are now struggling with a surfeit of public transport systems — the normal bus service, BRTS and the Metro.

Health Infrastructure Planning Amid COVID-19: The Case of Mumbai
Jan 13, 2021

Health Infrastructure Planning Amid COVID-19: The Case of Mumbai

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented stress on India’s urban public health infrastructure, underscoring the need for urban planning to account for increased demand for health amenities during crises. This paper evaluates the city of Mumbai’s 1991 and 2034 development plans and finds inherent infrastructural inadequacies. It calls on urban-policymakers to complement development plans with robust dynamic health strategies that conside

Healthcare infrastructure remains neglected: The case of Nanded hospital
Nov 09, 2023

Healthcare infrastructure remains neglected: The case of Nanded hospital

To address the issue of poor healthcare infrastructure, the states need to prioritise this sector by diverting funds, creating more capacity in existi

Household consumption expenditure in India: A small share for energy
Apr 25, 2024

Household consumption expenditure in India: A small share for energy

In India, expenditure on energy grew faster than expenditure on food and non-food expenditure. This could either mean energy prices increased or that

How do you measure new movements?
Apr 11, 2013

How do you measure new movements?

During a discussion on "Urban Middle Classes and the Ascent of New Politics in India" at ORF, it was noted that success should not be measured in terms of the ability to ensure successful electoral outcomes but as an attempt to make better societies.

How Fares the PMAY (U)? Taking Stock of India’s National Housing Programme
May 12, 2022

How Fares the PMAY (U)? Taking Stock of India’s National Housing Programme

Across India’s burgeoning cities, the supply of affordable homes is highly inadequate to keep pace with the growing need; as a result, slums and other informally built areas, where living conditions are extremely poor, have grown. In 2015 the Indian government implemented a national housing programme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (urban) or PMAY (U) to bridge the gap in affordable housing. This report evaluates the progress of PMAY (U), and finds

https://www.orfonline.org/research/no-childs-play-the-enduring-challenge-of-creating-child-friendly-cities/
May 15, 2023

https://www.orfonline.org/research/no-childs-play-the-enduring-challenge-of-creating-child-friendly-cities/

Child-friendly cities’ is an emerging concept in the urban management sector in many countries across the globe, including India, where it complements government schemes that aim to develop India’s urban spaces as centres of human capital development, knowledge hubs, and drivers of growth and prosperity. These flagship missions include, for example, the Smart Cities Mission and the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMR

ICT and education in India: Gains and gaps
Jan 24, 2024

ICT and education in India: Gains and gaps

The NEP 2020 can help ensure that a holistic approach towards the integration of technology with different functional requirements of the sector is un

Implementation of revised MVA penalties
Sep 17, 2019

Implementation of revised MVA penalties

While saving lives is a laudable objective, good driving habits alone are not enough to bring down deaths. Quality of roads, competence and freshness

Improving accountability in management of municipal solid waste
Feb 24, 2014

Improving accountability in management of municipal solid waste

While the civic agencies responsible for daily cleaning of streets and removal of garbage are not demonstrating the desired level of efficiency, many urban residents do not follow any of the waste disposal rules, making waste management increasingly difficult.

Increasing inequality a big challenge in Brazil too
Apr 01, 2013

Increasing inequality a big challenge in Brazil too

The Brazilian economy is in a new period of transition. Its challenges today are of tax incentives in order to steer foreign investments towards the domestic shores and curbing rising inequality and urban-rural divide.

India's smart 100: 10 cities, 10 lessons
Sep 15, 2014

India's smart 100: 10 cities, 10 lessons

Narendra Modi seems serious about building 100 smart cities. Just look at how the port city of Dholera in Gujarat is shaping up. It's might as well become an emblematic talisman of how a few handpicked men and women can build a new urban India at breakneck speed.

India's Smart Cities Mission: An Assessment
Dec 28, 2015

India's Smart Cities Mission: An Assessment

In June 2015 the Modi government launched the Smart Cities Mission, a major urban development initiative designed to improve living conditions and achieve higher economic growth in 100 cities across the country. The Mission offers the State and city governments yet another opportunity to think creatively and work towards the betterment of their cities. Will India succeed in this venture, and would the future 'smart cities' be equitable and sustai

Indian cities and floods
Oct 22, 2019

Indian cities and floods

There is a need to look at city bariatrics — and articulate policies that disincentivise demographic density towards better urban sustainability.

Indian cities—Stunted by partial democratisation
Dec 29, 2021

Indian cities—Stunted by partial democratisation

The Indian government should address the challenge of municipal inequity, and ensure that better opportunities are available to enhance urban governan

Indian Consumption Expenditure Survey: Focusing beyond the trends
Mar 29, 2024

Indian Consumption Expenditure Survey: Focusing beyond the trends

By studying India’s consumption patterns over time, effective policies can be undertaken to boost India’s economic growth

India’s economic rise is not translating into a rise in city liveability
Feb 23, 2023

India’s economic rise is not translating into a rise in city liveability

There are enough indications that the standard of living of Indian people remains the same despite  India’s robust urban economic productivity

India’s G20 Presidency and the future of cities
Dec 08, 2022

India’s G20 Presidency and the future of cities

India now has the unique opportunity to outline and action specific U20 goals to link with the larger objectives of G20

Informal migrants in maximum city
Apr 21, 2020

Informal migrants in maximum city

Why have the informal workers not been able to form a pressure group, or demand for better rights to housing or living in Mumbai?

Infrastructure, institutions and industrialisation: The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and regional development in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
Aug 21, 2023

Infrastructure, institutions and industrialisation: The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and regional development in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh

The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) is one of several infrastructure megaprojects underway in India, intended to boost industrial modernisation and generate manufacturing employment for India’s young, largely unskilled workforce. Field research in DMIC investment sites in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh shows that its implementation is highly uneven across States and regions. The research, along with the literature, suggests that regional ind

Intimations of a very hot summer
Apr 14, 2020

Intimations of a very hot summer

Facing a double whammy — the strategic window closing, and ground situation in Kashmir improving — Pakistan will do whatever it can to create disturbances in J&K to bring the issue back in focus.

IPCC’s reminder: Not just climate-smart but also water-wise
Apr 14, 2022

IPCC’s reminder: Not just climate-smart but also water-wise

The mitigation of climate change will be successful only if water risks are factored in while drafting ‘climate-smart’ strategies.

IPEF में भारत का किरदार: देश के मुनाफ़े का लेखाजोखा
Jun 18, 2022

IPEF में भारत का किरदार: देश के मुनाफ़े का लेखाजोखा

IPEF की रूपरेखा में ख़ामियों के बावजूद ये ढांचा भारत को दक्ष

It's Rajapaksa all the way
Jan 27, 2010

It's Rajapaksa all the way

The victory confirms earlier predictions that the fulcrum of national politics has moved away from the urban centres and their elite

Kashmir: How election boycott has become a deadly trap for NC and PDP
Oct 31, 2018

Kashmir: How election boycott has become a deadly trap for NC and PDP

The results of the Urban Local Body polls show that the BJP and the Congress, piggybacking on the boycott of the two main parties of Kashmir valley, m

Lopsided development threatens China
Aug 18, 2011

Lopsided development threatens China

Balanced urbanisation and rural development is an urgent requirement in China, if it has to fulfill its goals of sustainable development. For this purpose, budgetary allocations and farmers' support have to be tweaked, along with agricultural modernisation.

Lost in transit: Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA)
Jan 08, 2022

Lost in transit: Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA)

With metro rail adding one more layer to urban mass transit, an autonomous UMTA is necessary to increase the modal share of public transport in urban

Mainstreaming sustainability outcomes in big infrastructure projects
May 13, 2020

Mainstreaming sustainability outcomes in big infrastructure projects

Urban infrastructure projects using brownfield or greenfield development can cause damage to natural habitats. To achieve the Agenda 2030 goal of “leaving no one behind” while mitigating the destruction of habitats, an integrated approach towards infrastructure development must be adopted. This paper outlines the current paradigms of sustainable infrastructure provision, highlighting how and why sustainability outcomes are overlooked at diffe

Making affordable cities a reality in India
Sep 24, 2019

Making affordable cities a reality in India

The high costs of living in cities the world over make it difficult for the poor to live a life of quality and dignity. Yet, the poor in rural regions, as in the case in India, often resort to migrating out of their villages to search for employment and opportunity in the urban areas. Globally, Indian cities are ranked amongst the cheapest in cost of living; within the country, however, they are significantly more expensive than rural settlements

Making cities more inclusive
Apr 27, 2023

Making cities more inclusive

City planning and development agencies must take steps to resolve problems faced by vulnerable urban populations

Maldives: Reconciling to reconciliation
Mar 21, 2012

Maldives: Reconciling to reconciliation

In Maldives, with the People's Majlis, or Parliament, commencing its delayed inaugural session for the current year with the customary address by President Mohammed Wahid Hassan, even if in the midst of disturbances caused by Maldivian Democratic Party.

Managing on-street parking in Indian cities
Mar 14, 2024

Managing on-street parking in Indian cities

The surge in vehicle ownership has created a persistent on-street parking challenge amidst increasing demand for parking space

Master plan for Delhi – 2041: An opportunity for proposing effective solutions
Oct 29, 2020

Master plan for Delhi – 2041: An opportunity for proposing effective solutions

From 2021, Delhi’s new master plan, for guiding future development during 2021-41, will be applicable. The plan is currently under preparation and i

Medical education in India: Democratisation through public infrastructure creation
Jan 24, 2024

Medical education in India: Democratisation through public infrastructure creation

By increasing the number of medical colleges and subsequently the healthcare workforce, India is working towards ensuring enhanced healthcare access f

Mumbai’s annual tryst with deluge
Jul 12, 2019

Mumbai’s annual tryst with deluge

The consequences of reckless urban planning in Mumbai — earlier intermittent — have now aggravated.

Municipal bonds: A sustainable source of finance for Indian cities
Jun 10, 2020

Municipal bonds: A sustainable source of finance for Indian cities

There have been various factors that have limited the growth of the municipal bond market, but importantly it reflects the state of finances in the in

Municipal finance reforms in South Africa and its applicability for India
May 27, 2019

Municipal finance reforms in South Africa and its applicability for India

It is time that India lays emphasis on changing its approach to urban governance and makes pragmatic changes in its policy books to make its cities fi

Municipal governance - The Indian narrative
Nov 25, 2014

Municipal governance - The Indian narrative

Municipal governance has once again taken centre stage in Indian polity. There is a current re-shaping of narratives within the national government to make local governance effective. It is realised that deficit in the delivery of urban services results in chaos, which forms the basis for citizens doubting the functioning of the local government.