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Co-authored by Revathi KL, Research Associate at the Parliamentary Office of Prof. Rajeev Gowda (M.P., Rajya Sabha) In recent times, there's been an evident rise in the number of urban centres. Addit...
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The Centre wants to create 100 such cities by 2020.
In January this year, the ‘Guardian’ profiled Professor Veena Sahajwalla as “the woman who loves garbage.” Ever since her growing up days in Mumbai, Veena was fascinated by waste because she saw it as a hidden resource waiting to be tapped into. Today, her pioneering work completely transformed the way the properties of carbon-bearing materials are understood, including discarded graphites, plastics and rubber tyres. She has received international acclaim for inventing “green steel”.
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The major cities and business centres are already groaning under the pressure of more people than they can truly handle; the overall standard of living in these cities is dropping. As initiatives such as Modi's Smart Cities campaign take off, more companies are looking to invest in non-metro cities.
NEW DELHI -- Lucknow topped the list of winners of the Fast Track competition conducted for 23 cities from as many States and Union Territories as the Centre today announced 13 more smart cities. Anno...
Mexico's young and dynamic Ambassador to India, H.E. Melba Pria, draws attention not only because she uses an autorickshaw as her official transport and plans to run the Berlin marathon in September for the Indian Cancer Society, but because bilateral trade and ties between India and Mexico have never been better.
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Greenhouse gas emissions--mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO₂)--are generated in the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels to produce energy for activities such as electricity, heat or transport. C...
Today's winning Smart Cities and their plans are a great signpost to the future roadmap for India's development. Bottom up, not top down. Confident, not cynical. Looking forward, not back.
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Very soon, Bhubaneswar will have IT connectivity, e-governance, efficient urban mobility and public transport and basic infrastructure through assured water and power supply, sanitation and solid wast...
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A zonal officer was busted for watching a porn clip on his phone during the Bhopal Council Meeting on 20th January. The meeting that was being chaired by Alok Sharma, Mayor of Bhopal had been called...
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As Bellandur Lake swelled yet again in these sudden rains and its acidic froth spilled over to the footpaths and streets, leading to skin rashes, red eyes and nausea among those who came in contact with it, should this bizarre phenomenon have come as a surprise? The lake has, after all, churned what was fed to it -- untreated sewage, detergents and toxic waste from unchecked small industries -- for decades.
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NEW DELHI -- CRISIL, KPMG, McKinsey and Mott MacDonald are among the 37 consulting firms which have been assigned for preparing action plans for the 88 cities proposed to be developed as Smart Cities....
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Truth is, Indian cities offer extremely low quality of life. Most would qualify as quite un-smart cities. Along with economic opportunities, urban residents need decent housing with core infrastructure such as 24x7 water, power, a tap and sewerage connection in every home, parks and green spaces and a hassle-free commute to work, preferably walking to work or by public transport. Instead, we have slums, pollution, deficient public transport and unresponsive city governance.
For a long time now, the power system in India has been experiencing extreme challenges in bridging the demand and supply gap. The gap has been increasing due to challenges in availability of good-quality coal -- close to 60% of 240GW installed capacity of the country's power is met by this fuel. Meanwhile, concern for the environment in the context of global warming has taken a front seat and the pressure on power project developers with delayed environmental clearances has drastically delayed projects.
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Global consultancy firm Gartner today estimated that the government's technology spend in 2015 will jump 5.7 per cent to US$ 6.8 billion on the back of IT services growth. The forecast includes spendi...
The Modi government's ambitious "100 Smart Cities" plan is making urban planning sexy in a country challenged by rapid and chaotic urbanisation. Yet there is no single, universally accepted definition of a "smart city". With massive investment expected to pour in, it is time to understand what will make India's urban centres truly smart. With one in six city dwellers living in a slum, inclusive growth is a critical principle that India cannot ignore.
Let's face it! Cities in India that have been built without much foresight of having to accommodate a surge in population are quite literally, idiomatically put, bursting at their seams.