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Stormwater harvesting in cities can solve multiple problems

Floods are becoming quite common in our cities now a days. But its should be noted that floods in our cities are mainly caused by the uninformed manner in which cities are interfering with...

Cities need to protect and promote culture and creativity sectors

We all know that both cities and the culture and creativity sectors have been hit particularly hard by the current COVID-19 pandemic, with large cities often containing the greatest share of jobs at risk....

Making cities really liveable

Quality of Our urban services delivery in the water, waste, and energy sectors is poor, to say the least. This is mainly due to legacy systems, inadequate funding, and restrictive policy and regulation. At...

Protect children from climate change effect

India is one of the youngest nations in the world (in terms of average age of the population) and has the second highest population in the world. It is in this context that the...

We need to act before things go out of hand

Recent reports point out that Indian Ocean is warming at a higher rate than other oceans due to which India may witness increased heat waves and flooding, which will be the irreversible effects of...

Water scarcity looming over urban India

Water scarcity has specifically magnified for most of our Metro cities and especially for cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Pune with depleting groundwater levels, widening of water demand and supply gap and rising...

Prevent encroachments in and around heritage sites

Encroachment in and around the monuments and archaeological sites has been one of the most debated issues and almost in every session of the Parliament our elected members invariably ask questions about the heritage...

Policy initiatives needed to promote smart homes in India

The government has set a very ambitious target of transforming 100 Indian cities into smart cities in next few years. But the fact is that the full potential of smart city cannot be reaped...

‘Global war(n)ming’ bells are ringing

Monsoon has covered almost the entire nation and it has already started (as usual) playing havoc with human lives and property. Some of the cities like in Mumbai life has come to a standstill...

Don’t let the cities to fail

Words like livability, sustainability, mixed use and walkability have become too fashionable in urban development and planning. Though these concepts have noble goals their usage in Indian cities are mostly restricted to plan documents...

We need to device alternative to city master plans

The city master plans are supposed to make proposals/schemes for the provision of various facilities and ensure that the basic amenities/services are in place and in that process they are also supposed to guide...

Adequate housing to poor is the need of the hour

Economists have long been urging to give more emphasis to adequate housing as they recognise it as an important component to public health and social justice. Poor housing quality and lack of access to...

We need to revisit our parking policy

Along with rapid pace of urbanisation and bulging mid-income group population, India has seen an exponential growth in its vehicle population which comes with attendant issues like pollution and scarcity of parking space. In...

We have a lot to learn from the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the extent of our vulnerabilities and inequalities, especially in urban perspective. Cities have been at the forefront of the crisis, as indicated by the scenes of enormous suffering, job...

We need to manage spatial growth better

A building is no longer just a structure with four walls and a roof but often considered as an edifice that gives identity to the city itself. With middle-income countries with high and growing...

Remove bottlenecks on the path of urbanisation

Even though the size of India’s urban population is significant and larger than the population of the United States of America, for its level of income, urbanization appears to be low in India. As per...

We need to act on our promises

Energy sector is the backbone of our economic activities and at the same time is the source of around three‐quarters of greenhouse gas emissions today. Therefore, energy sector holds the key to averting the...

We need to draw our post Covid action plan

Covid-19 which has already been declared as global pandemic by the WHO has affected the normal lives of citizens world over and disrupted their work, causing severe physical, social, and economic distress. In India,...

Create more opportunities in cities

Our future is urban. More than half of the 1.4 billion residents of India are expected to live in urban areas in next few years. Further, our country already has some of the largest...

Our future in cities

Cities account for most of the GDP generated in the country. Meanwhile, they are also responsible for most of the carbon emissions. Further, COVID-19 has made cities seem less attractive as the density and...

Provide stamp duty concessions to Green buildings

Since last few years real estate (especially residential segment) was passing through rough patch and Covid-induced lockdown almost hit a final nail on the coffin with many companies reporting zero revenue for some months...

Some states becoming more vulnerable to climate change

According to recently published report, “Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Adaptation Planning in India Using a Common Framework” states in eastern part of the country like, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Mizoram, Orissa, Assam, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh and...

Let’s not goof up with NUDM

In February this year Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs along with Ministry of Electronics and IT launched the National Urban Digital Mission (NUDM) that aims to create a shared digital infrastructure for urban...

Let’s make our cities liveable first

As India is marching towards becoming the largest country in terms population in the world, every town or city in the country is also growing in terms of its population, housing, traffic and so...

Public participation in development programmes is necessary

With Budget session of 2021 coming to an end, now all eyes will be focused on implementation of the budget proposals, especially the ones relating to urban development. Though some segments of urban development...

Our decarbonisation efforts can help economic recovery

Energy efficiency improvements are vital to global decarbonisation and can directly support the green energy transition by reducing the magnitude of required capacity investment. According to United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) statistics, carbon emissions...

We need to take a holistic view of our climate change challenges

Whenever there is a spotlight on issues of sustainability or the urban climate crisis, it is usually the metros that are at the centre of it though the situation is no better in rest...

Its time to evaluate the efficiency of our urban programmes

The rise in the concentration of urban population in recent years vastly outpaces the capacity of local city administration catering to the needs of the people. This challenge is being faced by all the...

Give extra push to urban mobility

In 2020, when the Budget was announced, Coronavirus was just a local problem of China. But in last one year we all know how the local problem of China became a global problem and...

Let’s aim to achieve our economic & environmental goals together

Year 2030 will be an important year (and hopefully a memorable one) – it will be the year by which we have to fulfil our commitment towards climate change under Paris Agreement and also...

PMAY-U slippages should be avoided

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U) like its rural counterpart has a noble objective of providing houses for the homeless poor. Under this programme, 1.12 crore houses are aimed to be constructed and that too...

Unorganised labour force to get more benefits

The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitaraman, in her budget speech has indicated that gig, building, and construction-workers are likely to get benefits like health, housing and insurance. The government will launch a portal that will...

Budget – Good job, but could have been better

Going into the making of the Budget 2021, India’s economic condition was precarious as the nation had to spend all its resources in combating the deadly pandemic. So, it was foolhardy to expect anything...

Budget should lay foundation for the new decade

Year 2021 is important because of many reasons. It’s the first year of the new decade and the steps we take now will decide our fate during this decade. Also, 2021 is important because...

We need to learn from Singapore’s experiment on housing

Housing is a basic necessity and in India we are struggling over the years to fulfil this basic need. Housing for all has been the noble objective pursued by governments after governments both at...

Make most of the post pandemic opportunity

Now the city planners will have double challenge – to design city to combat pandemic like Covid-19 and also climate change. Healthcare had neve been a factor, at least in India, in the city...

Challenges and priorities of year 2021

Year 2021 has arrived and along with that new hope has emerged. Availability of vaccines for Covid is a good news but at present only date and year have changed with the challenges of...

Year 2020 was a bad one but taught us some lessons too

At last, year 2020 is coming to an end. The year will be remembered for the devastation caused by the pandemic as millions of lives were lost and many suffered due to disruptions caused...

Corporatisation of public services should be considered as an option

As the urban areas are the places where most of the Indians are going to live in the coming years India has to improve its urban areas to achieve objectives of economic development and...

Improve governance at ULBs level

It’s true that governance is the weakest and most crucial link which needs to be repaired to bring about the urban transformation so urgently needed in India. Funds required for urbanisation are huge and...

Incorporate green energy into urban planning

Nearly 55% of the global population lives in urban areas and this ratio is bound to increase as the pace of urbanisation in highly populated countries like India picks up. Since most of the...

Future urban design should consider social planning too

Urban Design is nothing but understanding, organizing, and shaping relationships between buildings, streets, open spaces, landscape elements, and natural features. However, outbreak of Coronavirus and subsequent impact on human behavioural pattern may add one...

Corporates need to take GHG emission problem seriously

Procurement of renewable energy is one of the faster, relatively economical and more importantly, is the easiest solutions to tackling carbon emissions and as such they have become the natural choice of various agencies,...

Code on Social Security should ensure proper utilisation of BOCW funds

Last week, the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment notified the draft rules under the Code on Social Security, 2020 inviting objections and suggestions from the stakeholders. The process was delayed by at least...

Water scarcity is staring at Indian cities

Water is one of the basic necessities of life and it is increasingly becoming scarce not only in India but all around the world. However, in our country the problem is very severe as...

We need to strengthen our antiquities protection system

We have been regularly hearing our rich antiques being regularly auctioned abroad and we are unable to do anything about it. It’s true that administrative negligence and lack of maintenance have led to many...

Prepare cities for bigger role

Cities, migration, and trade have been major catalysts of progress in the developed world over the past two centuries and these stories are now being repeated in the developing world’s most dynamic economies. India...

Promote circular cities

Reducing our carbon footprint should not be restricted to some segments of the economy but should go into everything. Products must be built to last a long time, to be repaired and from materials...

City planners should take parking woes seriously

In India, as elsewhere, one of the signs of the progress is the increasing number of vehicles on roads. Increasing vehicle population come with their own set of problems and now a days the...

We should not divert our focus against global warming

If the coronavirus has diverted our resources and attention from global warming it doesn’t mean that everything is fine on climate front. Some important facts like Siberia seeing its warmest temperature on record this...

We need to be careful while using GIS

As urbanisation becomes increasingly necessary to achieve global economic growth use of modern technologies to attain the ultimate goal is becoming rampant. Geographic information system (GIS) is one such technique which has been increasingly...

Urbanisation is no panacea for all our ills

Urbanization is a modern phenomenon and results in progressive concentration of population in urban unit. In India too urbanisation is taking place and of late quite rapidly. Though only 1/3rd of India’s population now...

We need climate smart cities

Cities in India (and also in many of the developing economies) often lack the capacity to quickly develop measures that respond to climate change, thus leaving residents – especially those at the bottom of...

It is time to convert waste into gold

One of the biggest crimes we are committing on our future generation is by letting the Construction and Demolition waste to really go waste. Of course, there is no conclusive data as to how...

Urbanise with human face

Crisis is not a new thing for our cities – be it Mega city or tier 4 city – all have gone through various crisis  in the past. Every year floods come and go...

We need to revitalize smart city programme

Smart Cities Mission was started on 25th June, 2015 for promoting 100 cities in the country in four different rounds for core infrastructure giving decent quality of life to the citizens for core issue...

We deserve better healthcare facilities in cities

According to a survey conducted by a well known property consultant recently the COVID-19 outbreak is likely to affect people’s choice of residence and its location in the coming days. Other things remaining the...

We need to develop education system to be come ‘Aatma Nirbhar’

Last week the Union Cabinet cleared a new National Education Policy (NEP) proposing sweeping changes in school and higher education. Present National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and modified in 1992. Therefore, more...

We need to bring construction workers into mainstream

With cost savings and rapid time to value through efficiency and scale in mind, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and complete automation were discussed in Board Rooms of many companies as a long-term goal and vision...

We need to have long term vision for our cities

Every year Cities in Motion Index (CIMI) ranks cities around the world on the basis of various parameters and this year too they have published the ranking top cities in the world. As usual,...

Let’s aim at labour intensive economic growth

According to Periodic Labour Force Survey (2018-19) 24 % of the workforce is engaged in regular wage salaried jobs offering a steady flow of income and a mere 2.2% in regular salaried jobs with...

COVID-19 should not undermine efforts to fight climate change

Presently the whole world is grappling with the pandemic COVID-19 and containing its spread. However, that should not undermine our fight against climate change and the pace of our efforts to tackle the problem...

Government should take care of MSME sector

It’s not an exaggeration if we say that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector is the backbone of our economy. Its significance is nothing less than that of agriculture sector as it helps...

COVID punctures revival hopes of realty sector

The downcycle in Indian residential property sector seems to be unending and perpetual. Now in its seventh year of downcycle, the sector has seen multiple rounds of disruptions over the years like demonetisation in...

Dharavi proves higher density not an issue

Dharavi in Mumbai is considered to be the largest slum in Asia and a month ago it was considered to be the COVID-19 hotspot. In fact, it was blamed for the spreading the virus...

We need to sort out migrant labour issues urgently

The Coronavirus outbreak has not only brought out deficiencies in our healthcare infrastructure but also has highlighted the issue of migrant workers. Most of them are employed in construction and related activities  where they...

World Environment Day 2020 is biodiversity

This year, the theme of World Environment Day is biodiversity – a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia to locust infestations across...

Take threat to biodiversity more seriously

Our ecosystems are increasingly being subjected to human-induced pressures, such as extractive use of goods, and increasing fragmentation and degradation of natural habitats. In the coming days, climate change will increasingly exacerbate these human...

Fight climate change to protect biodiversity

Environmentalists are not wrong in seeing a direct link between climate change and biodiversity. Though throughout the Earth’s history the climate has never remained the same and has always changed with ecosystems and species...

Use technology to prevent forest fire

Forest fire in Australia in September 2019 and one in California in 2018 have claimed millions of wild life and destroyed 7 million hectares of forest and grass land. India too is not new...

Control the pace of urbanisation

According to the latest data released by the government, 25 urban districts in states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are driving up daily positive rate of CVID-19...

‘Nexus Interiors’, World Interiors Day 2020

It is high time to think of energy-efficient interior designing (with social distancing) and be serious about conserving not only space but water and energy too. We are no longer dealing with the modernist gridded city...

RERA provisions need a closer scrutiny

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA) has completed three years. Three years is sufficiently long period to judge the effectiveness of the law in bringing about the changes for which it...

Treat migrant workers with dignity & respect

Coronavirus breakout and the subsequent countrywide lockdown have brought the plight of migrant workers in the country to the fore. Small industrial establishments, factories, home-based employment, construction industry and domestic work are some of...

We need flexible infrastructure

While COVID-19 has claimed more than 1,500 lives in the country so far, it has also exposed so many shortcomings in our system. Yes, ours is a resource deficient state but that should not...

Widen the scope of CAMPA Fund utilisation

CAMPA Act or Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act was enacted with an objective to provide an appropriate institutional mechanism, both at the Centre and in each State and Union Territory, to ensure expeditious utilization in...

Climate Action should not go weak

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had projected a demand of Rs.4,295.44 crore for Budget Estimate 2020-21, against which an amount of Rs.3,100 crore has been allocated. The difference between the budgetary allocation...

We need to develop a new urban development model

In post COVID-19 period we will be exposed to some scenarios and issues for which it would be difficult to find a ready answer, especially in city planning sphere. After the lockdown is lifted...

COVID-19 Be ready for life after

More than 65,000 lives have been lost due to COVID-19 epidemic and still we have not been able win this war. Yes, ultimately we will win this war and there is no doubt about...

Why can’t we make lockdown an annual ritual?

In these days of lockdown one thing might not have gone unnoticed by many, that is, noise. For a change, it is not the noise of honking by the vehicles on the road nor...

CoA needs to revisit the definition of Architect

Recent judgment by the Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Ajay Rastogi that Section 37 of the Architects Act did not prohibit individuals not registered under the Architects Act from undertaking the...

Drastic steps needed to avoid water crisis

Water is the most essential input for our survival which is becoming increasingly scarce due to challenges of rising population, rapid urbanization, industrial growth, increasing water pollution and consequent increasing scarcity of Clean and...

COVID-19 may push us into recession

COVID-19 has now covered almost the whole world though in China its intensity has come down. If the situation continues like this for long where each country/region/locality is quarantining itself from the rest, we...

Make health impact assessment studies for urban projects mandatory

As the things stand today, COVID-19 is the worst thing to have happened to the mankind in this millennium. And unless something is done this may prove to be the worst thing that might...

International Women’s Day 2020

We hope you enjoyed reading our special feature on “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, this International Women’s Day 2020 wherein we have tried to share series of articles, stories and interviews of...

International Women’s Day 2020

"An equal world is an enabled world". This International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is drawn from a notion of “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. Generation Equality...??? Realising women's rights... ??? The reason why International women’s...

Ensure urbanisation doesn’t lead to Gentrification

One of the immediate effects of urbanisation and redevelopment is rising property values and gentrification. Rising property values as a result of urban development must benefit all residents. While gentrification offers an economic benefit...

Will we be spared of water rationing this summer?

Summer is hardly a month away and everyone is concerned about the heat and the water scarcity. While the first one is beyond the control of all of us, the second one is purely...

We need to become a circular economy fast

The amount of material consumed in the world has crossed 100bn tonnes per annum. Further, more than 40% of these materials are sand, clay, gravel and cement used for building. According to estimates, by...

Coronavirus puts additional responsibility on town planners

Coronavirus is playing havoc with human lives in China and it is spreading to other parts of the world, including India. The number of casualties, according to official sources, is crossing four figure mark...

Budget signals climate change but more actions needed

One of the highlights of the latest budget which is otherwise is a lack lustre one, is the time and space devoted for ‘Environment & Climate Change’ by the Finance Minister in her Budget...

The Budget should address concerns regarding Green Financing

India’s goal of sustainable GDP growth faces a formidable challenge in the form of climate change. According to a study, it’s estimated that global warming has caused the Indian economy to be 31 percent...

Real estate can sponsor city’s growth

Strong growth attracts more investment and its true in case of cities too. For a city which is recording strong growth its much easier to attract companies, people and capital than others and this...

To see tomorrow you have to start using yesterday’s materials

In India construction is the second largest profession, next only to agriculture. Construction being one of the important activities in the country our requirement of building material is also huge and in coming days...

Stakeholders need to be more sensitive towards CCA needs

Government’s own study has found that none of the national flagship programmes have an articulated position on Climate Change Adaption (CCA) or clear indicators to measure the extent of mainstreaming of these issues, and...

Let the 2020 be turning point in our life

We are entering the year 2020 with some bitter memories of year just gone by, i.e., 2019. By the way, we are not just entering new year but also a new decade. Therefore, its...

We need to take our heritage sites more seriously

Year 2019 was a year of mixed luck for the heritage lovers. There were some good as well as bad news on heritage front. However, the kind of risks our heritage sites are facing...

Can’t we find a solution to fire accidents in the buildings?

Another fire accident in a building has killed more than 40 people and this time it happened in Delhi. People who died were workers in an unauthorised factory and perhaps were the sole bread...

Promote investments in green buildings

Cities in India are expanding at a fast pace to keep up with high population growth and rapid urbanization. Researches show that the floor area of the buildings that dot our skylines is expected...

Urbanization should solve the problems of urban housing too

Urbanization in India is picking up pace and at this rate nearly half the population will be shifted to cities and towns in next 10-15 years. This is not India specific phenomenon and world...

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