Is Burrabazar just a microcosm for the whole of India?
Swastik Pal captured the aftermath of Thursday’s deadly collapse of an under-construction flyover on Vivekananda Marg, Kolkata.
The government’s plans to demolish the Nehru Pavilion and Hall of Nations in Delhi’s Pragati Maidan and build new structures in their place have raised the ire of critics
Kolkata Flyover Collapse is Reminder that India Needs a Comprehensive Strategy for Accident Prevention
India needs to work towards a comprehensive accident-prevention plan, the first step to which is building a reliable information database.
Her swirling, curved structures made her one of the most sought after contemporary architects.
Rampant violations of coastal zone norms are eating up the city’s coastlines, one illegal road or building at a time.
Ulsoor Lake is one of the last strongholds in a water-starved city whose hundreds of old reservoirs have largely been drained to be built upon or reduced to dumping grounds in the last 40 years.
Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram ranked the highest of the 21 cities studied in the Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems, but they still lagged behind benchmark cities London and New York.
A German legal scholar has been waiting 15 years for the Calcutta High Court to decide a contempt case against him. Until then, his 2001 book on the role of PILs in urban India cannot be distributed.
Public art in Mumbai, never very edifying, has been joined by some colourful and strange installations in different parts of the city.
What makes matters worse in Delhi are the incessant tide of migrants, misaligned institutional structures (unwisely split between the Centre and the quasi-state of Delhi), and BJP’s ongoing vendetta against AAP.
The smart cities programme needs to reinvent its entire urban planning process even if only for the reason that it’s fallacious to assume creating assets makes a city smart.
This is a good opportunity for the Delhi government to push through transport initiatives, because there is a social consensus about the need to tackle pollution
Seeing the strength of the campaign, politicians from all major parties have now extended support for the cause.
The rest is randomly dumped in rivers, seas, lakes and wells, polluting three-fourths of the country’s water bodies, according to an analysis of various data sources.
Arguably his most notable contribution has been in designing low-cost and post-disaster reconstruction housing.
Chennai is only the latest example of demographic and environmental changes leading to urban flooding. Without a focus on more equitable planning, such disasters are bound to recur.
Created by two designers planning to sell it for Rs.15-20, it shows all the public transport routes crisscrossing the city in a readable way and offline.
The present attempt to reduce the number of cars on the road is well-intentioned but misguided in the long-run unless there is the political will to adopt a wider set of restrictions.
Imphal: Six unnatural deaths, 70 injured on a single day is by all means a tragedy. This despite the desensitisation to violent deaths that insurgency torn places like Manipur has undergone. But the fact is the casualty figure from Monday’s tremblor could have been much worse, if at […]
While such initiatives are likely to work for shorter periods when pollution levels are too high, for people to change their travel habits and leave their cars for public transport, walking and cycling, there needs to be considerable public investment in these areas — and a change of mindset.
Despite the Tamil Nadu government’s best explanations, questions remain as to why the Public Works Department failed to manage the situation.
Petition in Madras High Court says Tamil Nadu government guilty of dereliction of duty
As heavy rain continues to contribute to the devastating flooding in Cumbria, there have once again been calls – notably from the environmentalist George Monbiot – for the reforestation of our uplands, to help tackle rural flooding. The government has stated that it is funding the planting of […]
Given just a few hours to warn residents of the impending flood, the authorities struggled to save Chennai.
The Tamil Nadu government was grossly negligent in failing to warn people about the deluge that swallowed Chennai
Now begin the repairs and the terrible task of cleaning up our lives. But the deluge though has also changed something in all of us.
Let’s blame the developed world for being the principal culprit for global warming. But let’s not allow the developer world within India for the loss of water bodies, water ways and flood plains.
As the flood waters recede and the displaced recover their homes, how will the government intervene and ensure that the process of recovery isn’t as painful as the effects of storm?
“Someone negotiates with the boatmen and pays them Rs.3,000 to ply him across to his family on the other side and then to bring them back. They make a clean Rs.6,000. None of us have that kind of money.”
The intense rain that continues to swamp Chennai begs the question: is it due to climate change? And if so, what questions does it pose for us all?
Even if it’s the sole silver-lining, focusing on the resilient spirit of the people of Chennai distracts us from understanding the real damage we’ve taken thanks to the disappointing civic infrastructure.
The shutting down of the iconic music store Rhythm House in Mumbai further takes away the charm of the Kala Ghoda precinct
Chennai kicked off the last month of the year with over 200 mm of precipitation on a single day, which is more than what the entire month usually receives.
Anyone who has studied history knows that the people of the Indus Valley civilisation built cities and towns with excellent drainage and sewage systems. Five thousand years later, have we in India moved forward or backward?
For Fernando Haddad, mayor of the biggest city in the southern hemisphere, a Smart City is all about better public services, democratic space and inclusive growth, even if it comes at the cost of re-election.
Technology and e-governance are not likely to change entrenched behaviour, such as the relationship between the police and the citizen
Farmers who were asked to give up their land to build a new city are a disgruntled lot and questions remain about the environmental costs too
Smart Cities might offer one set of technologically determined solutions to human and social problems but smartification may also come at a great cost to one’s subjectivity as a citizen.
Regenerating its heritage could go a long way towards restoring its lost glory that Kolkata so ardently desires