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
A new film explores the ways Delhi’s poor find a small nook where they can sleep
It’s not that Indians are dirty but that the Indian state has never invested in the complete sanitation chain
The massively expensive Coastal Road will harm the environment, privilege a rich minority and break off Mumbai’s centuries old connection with the sea
The people of the slums transform the land, they transform our products, they transform our lives – can we but imagine what they would transform if they were to have a say in democratic governance?
The people of Rio feel the Olympics will pass by smoothly because it’s not new to such major events. The officials of Rio in fact see the games as an opportunity to make up to the people.
In the subcontinent, a quake of the intensity that hit Chile would have flattened entire settlements and killed thousands. What saved Chile was its building codes.
Mumbai: Under fire for its decision to ban the slaughter and sale of meat in the city for two days during the Jain festival ‘Paryushan’, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) today told the Bombay High Court that it has decided to withdraw its decision. MCGM informed […]
Passengers carrying packed raw non-veg items are being turned back from frisking points at Delhi Metro stations by CISF guards – while an RTI query shows there is no such rule.
As recently as April 2015, the government told Parliament that 1975 guidelines did not allow the names of existing roads to be changed.