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Taking stock of smart cities project: So far so good; implementation challenges continue
Business

Taking stock of smart cities project: So far so good; implementation challenges continue

Ideally it is hoped that along the course of these 5 years when the cities would be financed, there would be a proportional allocation towards maintenance of these facilities. It is then that one can be satisfied that the entire edifice is in place

On Rabindra Jayanti, a plea for recovering our civilisational inheritance
Life

On Rabindra Jayanti, a plea for recovering our civilisational inheritance

Rabindranath Tagore has his uses, other than making us stand as one of his songs is sung.

Uber Movement provides anonymised data from Uber rides to help urban planning
News & Analysis

Uber Movement provides anonymised data from Uber rides to help urban planning

The GPS based data is collected from Uber rides, and contains information on the movement of traffic within the city.

Delhi's Kathputli Colony demolition: Residents protest the loss of homes, and a way of life
Life

Delhi's Kathputli Colony demolition: Residents protest the loss of homes, and a way of life

As approximately 2800 families to be relocated from Delhi’s well known Kathputli Colony in Shadipur await their new homes, and lose their old ones, photographer Sanjukta Basu is on hand to document the transition

Cyclone Vardah brings Chennai's vulnerabilities to the fore, reminds residents of 2015 floods
India

Cyclone Vardah brings Chennai's vulnerabilities to the fore, reminds residents of 2015 floods

Vardah has brought the vulnerability of Chennai to the fore again. Though the government did undertake de-silting of water bodies and removal of encroachments, they were not full-fledged measures.

Bengaluru's steel flyover is emblematic of the changes in the city's green cover, way of life
Life

Bengaluru's steel flyover is emblematic of the changes in the city's green cover, way of life

The citizens who came to protest against the steel flyover were protesting against the systematic unravelling of the Bengaluru way of life, of the ravaging of its iconic structures and of the destruction of its green cover. They were fighting to reclaim their roads and their lung spaces and their pride in their city.

For a truly 'smart city', we have to look beyond land value and towards ecosystems
India

For a truly 'smart city', we have to look beyond land value and towards ecosystems

When city planners compromise on basic principles and fail to respect the topography and end up serving real estate interests, the flooding problem becomes inbuilt into the city structure.

The smart city series: Why Shivaji Nagar, why not a less developed place? Ask Bhopal residents
India

The smart city series: Why Shivaji Nagar, why not a less developed place? Ask Bhopal residents

What’s so smart about making an already smart place smarter? That’s what many residents of Bhopal are asking.

The Smart City series: Young at 60, Bhubaneswar gears up to challenge with new district
India

The Smart City series: Young at 60, Bhubaneswar gears up to challenge with new district

The project funds will be sourced from Smart City Mission Fund, Central schemes, public-private partnerships, Infrastructure Development Funds and through commercial borrowings Asian Development Bank.

Firstpost Investigation: Were the Chennai floods a government-made disaster?
India

Firstpost Investigation: Were the Chennai floods a government-made disaster?

Firstpost spent a week reporting from Chennai during the floods, during which time former bureaucrats, environmentalists, urban planners and citizens suggested that the city’s administration was to blame for the disaster. Inquiries revealed that these complaints bore merit

Extreme weather is here to stay: Here's why India must adapt or pay the price
India

Extreme weather is here to stay: Here's why India must adapt or pay the price

It is imperative that we take stock of the changing climate through a lens of disaster and climate risk management and take adequate measures to adapt urban infrastructure

Tweets may help improve urban planning
News & Analysis

Tweets may help improve urban planning

Geo-localised tweets can be a very useful source of information for urban planning and land use, a new study has found.

Uttar Pradesh to include cycling tracks in future town planning
India

Uttar Pradesh to include cycling tracks in future town planning

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to include cycling tracks while planning new towns in the future, a senior government official said today.

 India's urban mess: Why setting up smart cities is going to be a tough task
Real estate

India's urban mess: Why setting up smart cities is going to be a tough task

Delhi's urban planning story is also the story of urban planning in India - makeshift, patchwork, and fire-fighting. Indian cities today resemble an urban mess, a consequence of the manner in which they were imagined and planned decades ago.

Do politicians care for cities? No, their votes are from rural areas
Politics

Do politicians care for cities? No, their votes are from rural areas

"We need a political party exclusively for Bangalore, because national parties like the Congress and the BJP are not bothered about the urban votes," said Mohandas Pai.

Chandigarh's population will hit 1.6 million in next 20 years: city planners
India

Chandigarh's population will hit 1.6 million in next 20 years: city planners

Originally built for 5,00,000 people, Chandigarh's planners have capped its population at 1.6 million in the next two decades

How do you plan to accommodate migrants, Mr Chidambaram?
Delhi

How do you plan to accommodate migrants, Mr Chidambaram?

The Economic Survey of Delhi 2007-2008 put the annual migrant influx to the city at 2.5 lakh. Almost an equal number is added by birth, says the survey.

Mumbai chaos: It's not money, it's not migrants, it's poor governance
Mumbai

Mumbai chaos: It's not money, it's not migrants, it's poor governance

That the city is genetically programmed to plod along is known but the prospect of an urban collapse is rarely contemplated. Could it because there's too much hope around?

MIT releases software to help cities get better not just bigger
News & Analysis

MIT releases software to help cities get better not just bigger

Most of the world now lives in cities, but that doesn't mean that cities are great places to live. MIT has released a new open-source urban planning toolbox that it hopes will mean cities are just larger but also more liveable.

MIT releases software to help cities get better not just bigger
Tech

MIT releases software to help cities get better not just bigger

Most of the world now lives in cities, but that doesn't mean that cities are great places to live. MIT has released a new open-source urban planning toolbox that it hopes will mean cities are just larger but also more liveable.