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Union Budget 2023-24: Allocations for India’s urban sector
Mar 15, 2023

Union Budget 2023-24: Allocations for India’s urban sector

The highest allocations being given to the housing and transport sectors indicates that the government’s priority during 2023-24 is to provide shelt

Using AI and blockchain tech for transparency in urban governance
Jun 22, 2018

Using AI and blockchain tech for transparency in urban governance

People are going to ask government for answers, and the solutions will lie in getting transparency through new-age systems.

What urban India must learn from Mumbai’s pandemic efforts
Nov 29, 2021

What urban India must learn from Mumbai’s pandemic efforts

The Mumbai Model has shown how decentralised, collaborative and data-driven governance can effectively overcome a crisis even in the densest and poorl

Why do ‘urbanised’ villages resist being labelled as urban local bodies?
Sep 22, 2020

Why do ‘urbanised’ villages resist being labelled as urban local bodies?

‘Urbanised’ rural areas must migrate to regulations that would get urbanisation right.

With urbanisation, a new breed of politician is set to dominate Indian governance
Mar 21, 2014

With urbanisation, a new breed of politician is set to dominate Indian governance

The politics of India is changing. The change will come not just through macro measures like the introduction of large-scale manufacturing or modern agriculture, but in a number of small ways - better schools, safer cities, better urban facilities, mental institutions and jails, fairer purvey of justice and so on.

#PublicTransport: सार्वजनिक परिवहन के कारण शहरी यातायात की भीड़ पर पड़ने वाला प्रभाव
Oct 20, 2023

#PublicTransport: सार्वजनिक परिवहन के कारण शहरी यातायात की भीड़ पर पड़ने वाला प्रभाव

उचित नीतिगत उपाय और सार्वजनिक परिवहन के प्रदर्शन में सुध

#अर्बननक्सल से ‘मी टू अर्बन नक्सल’: विचारधाराओं के टकराव के बीच नक्सली हिंसा
Sep 04, 2018

#अर्बननक्सल से ‘मी टू अर्बन नक्सल’: विचारधाराओं के टकराव के बीच नक्सली हिंसा

सच ये है की एक तरफ ये गिरफ्तारियां कमज़ोर होती सिविल लिबर्टी और मौलिक अधिकारों की मिसाल है, आज़ाद आवाज़ के दमन की कोशिश है, तो सच ये भी है की नक्सल्वाद अपराध है, नक्सली हिंसा भी ह�

5th BRICS Academic Forum Recommendations
Mar 11, 2013

5th BRICS Academic Forum Recommendations

The 5th BRICS Academic Forum, comprising experts and scholars from the research and academic institutions of India, China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa, met on the 11th and 12th of March 2013 in Durban and has come up with a 5-point recommendations.

70 Policies — State Bank of India Act, 1955
Aug 03, 2018

70 Policies — State Bank of India Act, 1955

Through the six decades of SBI’s presence, the initial objective of extending “banking facilities on a large scale, more particularly in the rural

A fixed annual statutory fund could be the answer to cash strapped cities
Jun 18, 2020

A fixed annual statutory fund could be the answer to cash strapped cities

The pandemic has highlighted both the increasing significance of cities in the larger national governance ecosystem as also exposed their vulnerabilit

A Proposed Roadmap to Enhance Last-Mile Connectivity in India’s Metro Rail Transit Systems
Aug 14, 2023

A Proposed Roadmap to Enhance Last-Mile Connectivity in India’s Metro Rail Transit Systems

Evidence from several countries suggests that last-mile connectivity solutions—the transport options available to commuters from the origin of their journey to the point of accessing a public transit system—enhance citizens’ mobility and increase metro rail ridership. This brief evaluates India’s operational metro rail transit systems to identify the missing links in the provision and effective implementation of last-mile connecti

Adapting cities to climate realities
Mar 02, 2024

Adapting cities to climate realities

Adapting to climate change is no longer optional. Failing to adapt will lead to severe human, economic, and environmental losses.

Addressing the issue of fire safety in metropolitan cities of India
Jul 30, 2019

Addressing the issue of fire safety in metropolitan cities of India

In times of growing urbanisation, the importance of fire safety in urban spaces must be seen. If not, we will be walking unprepared into a deadly infe

Air Pollution in Delhi: Filling the Policy Gaps
Dec 18, 2020

Air Pollution in Delhi: Filling the Policy Gaps

Delhi, a Union Territory that is home to India’s capital, New Delhi, is among the world’s urban agglomerations with the most toxic air. The magnitude of air pollution is massive. It causes devastating impacts on people’s health, the city’s environment, and economic well-being. Despite overwhelming evidence of the severity of air pollution and its consequences, however, India’s policy measures remain weak. This paper identifies the most

Amphan, Sundarbans and an agenda for reconstruction
May 25, 2020

Amphan, Sundarbans and an agenda for reconstruction

Cyclones are a regular occurrence in the region and contrary to the commonly held perception, the mangrove ecosystem is quite resilient to momentary d

An old German city shows a new green logic
May 21, 2014

An old German city shows a new green logic

Hamburg wants to go completely car free in the next ten years, and it wants to achieve it by networking all its green Space creating a new paradigm of walkable and cycleable urbanity.

Analysing Madhya Pradesh’s strategies for developing small towns
Feb 16, 2023

Analysing Madhya Pradesh’s strategies for developing small towns

As urbanisation in India is gathering pace, decentralised and dispersed urbanisation should be adopted by more states

Are megacities the best option for the future?
Dec 22, 2020

Are megacities the best option for the future?

While megacities generate mega economy, they hurtle down the hill on almost all benchmarks of livability — a way must reverse this trend.

Are vertical forests a solution to Mumbai’s climate problem?
Dec 18, 2020

Are vertical forests a solution to Mumbai’s climate problem?

Vertical forests are a way of urban reforestation and are key towards allowing humans and various other species to coexist.

As India chase $5 trillion economy, it faces daunting tasks to improve life
Nov 14, 2019

As India chase $5 trillion economy, it faces daunting tasks to improve life

The transition to a $5 trillion economy will require many drastic changes, especially in the pace of urbanisation.

As India rebuilds its economy, it is time to make it circular and sustainable
May 28, 2020

As India rebuilds its economy, it is time to make it circular and sustainable

Circular economic model of growth offers India the roadmap for making ecological and economic welfare complement and sustain each other.

ASICS अहवाल आणि शहरी बदलांच्या 10 साधनांचे विश्लेषण
Jan 03, 2024

ASICS अहवाल आणि शहरी बदलांच्या 10 साधनांचे विश्लेषण

विकासाच्या मार्गावर असलेल्या भारतातील शहरी आव्हाने काह

ASICS की रिपोर्ट और शहरों  में परिवर्तन लाने के लिये ज़रूरी 10 उपाय: एक विश्लेषण
Jan 03, 2024

ASICS की रिपोर्ट और शहरों में परिवर्तन लाने के लिये ज़रूरी 10 उपाय: एक विश्लेषण

भारत के शहरों से जुड़ी चुनौतियों के काफी गहरे एवं व्यवस्�

Assessing Co-benefits from Metro Rail in India: Industrialisation and Land Value Capture Financing
Jan 06, 2023

Assessing Co-benefits from Metro Rail in India: Industrialisation and Land Value Capture Financing

The report examines India's urbanization, highlighting rapid population growth, metro rail expansion, sustainable transport policies, and financing challenges, while assessing efforts in localization and revenue enhancement for metro systems.

Assessing the Merger of Delhi’s Municipal Corporations
Jul 20, 2023

Assessing the Merger of Delhi’s Municipal Corporations

In April, the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2022, merged the North, South, and East Delhi municipal corporations into a single urban local body (ULB) called the Delhi Municipal Corporation. The unification is expected to lead to better service delivery, greater financial strength, economies of scale, and eliminate administrative duplication. However, the Act does not outline the functional and financial domains of ULBs and aspects

Balancing Old and New in Delhi: Modern Delhi’s Perspective on Built Heritage Conservation
Aug 23, 2023

Balancing Old and New in Delhi: Modern Delhi’s Perspective on Built Heritage Conservation

While existing literature provides solid documentation of conservation policy and legislation, coverage of civil society's perceptions and role within conservation schemes is relatively sparse. This paper presents the under-represented perspective of modern Delhi on the policies and realities of heritage conservation.

Barrier-free boulevards: Designing cities for all abilities
Jun 11, 2024

Barrier-free boulevards: Designing cities for all abilities

Inclusion in urban planning is often an afterthought, leading to ineffective retrofitting. A paradigm shift is needed to make inclusive design a core

Bhutan’s goal of a green city: Pathways for a syncretic Indo-Bhutan development
Jan 18, 2024

Bhutan’s goal of a green city: Pathways for a syncretic Indo-Bhutan development

Bhutan’s forthcoming urban expansion will be a great opportunity for Indian urban planners to closely observe an urbanism model rooted in the ethos

BRICS cities require smart policy solutions
Sep 01, 2016

BRICS cities require smart policy solutions

Urban governance in BRICS countries will require different policy solutions because of differing circumstances.

BRICS in Africa: A development dream?
Mar 26, 2013

BRICS in Africa: A development dream?

The BRICS-Africa partnership provides the potential for positive cooperation between developing nations in the future. It is this potential that delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will be trying to cultivate and deepen over the next couple of days in Durban.

BRICS Think Tanks Council set up
Mar 11, 2013

BRICS Think Tanks Council set up

Think tanks from five BRICS countries, participating in the 5th Academic Forum meeting in Durban, have announced the setting up of the BRICS Think Tanks Council (BTTC).

Budget 2019: Smart politics, smart economics
Feb 01, 2019

Budget 2019: Smart politics, smart economics

Key proposals unveiled in this budget are primarily aimed at rural communities and the urban middle classes.

Budget 2021 — What is there for the cities?
Feb 17, 2021

Budget 2021 — What is there for the cities?

Direct budgetary support for urban sector schemes do not show any appreciable increase.

Building 100 Smart Cities in India: Issues to be addressed
Sep 23, 2015

Building 100 Smart Cities in India: Issues to be addressed

Most participants at an ORF conference on urban development and creation of 100 smart cities in India felt that creation of smart cities is an extremely challenging exercise and for this, careful planning and effective project implementation are required.

Building Gender-Responsive Cities
Nov 07, 2022

Building Gender-Responsive Cities

Urban planners will have to imagine novel ways of ordering and expressing their spaces to eliminate the unequal power dynamics in urbanisation

Building resilient cities: Getting the budget math right
Jan 27, 2021

Building resilient cities: Getting the budget math right

Improving the fiscal state of cities will need a holistic push from all tiers of the government.

By bailing out BEST buses of financial loss, will MCGM end up being a rich or poor dad?
May 21, 2019

By bailing out BEST buses of financial loss, will MCGM end up being a rich or poor dad?

While the financial assistance has come at a critical time and will provide BEST with the backbone to straighten itself out, it is not a panacea for i

Can ‘The Inclusive City’ be a reality?
May 09, 2024

Can ‘The Inclusive City’ be a reality?

The universal desire to establish inclusion as the driving ideal for development shall remain unachieved if it is not realised in the most significant

China’s quest for the renewables
Jul 18, 2022

China’s quest for the renewables

In its quest to achieve net zero, China has introduced new plans to promote green transition and has made significant progress in low-carbon developme

China’s quest to secure its ‘Rice Bowl’: Challenges to its food security
Feb 08, 2022

China’s quest to secure its ‘Rice Bowl’: Challenges to its food security

Can Xi continue to promise food security despite increased consumption, aging rural population, rapid urbanisation, and climate changes?