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What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

January 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Smart Urbanism

In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build smart cities across the country. To make the most of this push for smarter cities, city and national leaders need to plan a comprehensive urbanization strategy. But what will this entail?[read more]

The Rise of Technology-Enabled Taxis in Indian Cities: A Q&A with OLA's Arvind Singhatiya

January 14, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Tech-Enabled Taxis in India

 

New mobile technologies are helping transform mobility services in cities worldwide, including across India. EMBARQ India interviewed Arvind Singhatiya, Vice President for Corporate Affairs at OLA, to better understand how mobile technologies are helping to meet growing demand for urban mobility in India.[read more]

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Euphoria, Business Deals and Reality at the 'Davos of the East'

January 12, 2015 by David Thorpe
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US Secretary of State John Kerry greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

John Kerry, Ban Ki-Moon, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and thousands of corporate business people are in Gandhinagar for the 'Davos of the East', Vibrant Gujarat. But for many it is seen as a rich persons' club, where deals are done and futures sealed that have little to do with ordinary people and the poverty they experience.[read more]

More than Half of the World’s Zoroastrians Call Mumbai, India Home

January 2, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Zorastrians in Mumbai

We have all heard about the famous Persians Xerxes, Cyrus and Darius the Great. They were recorded by ancient Greek historians, and were even referenced heavily in the Bible. But whatever happened to their descendants? The short answer is they moved to Mumbai.[read more]

The Need to Visualize Public Transit Data for Better Bus Systems in India

December 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Transit Data

Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service.[read more]

Increasing Mode Share of Bus Transport in Indian Cities

December 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban India Bus Transport

Like many cities around the world, Indian cities are experiencing urbanization, motorization, and increasing congestion. Coupled with declining public transport use and infrastructure expenditures that promote a car culture by building roads, Indian cities are losing out on the standard of living that residents deserve.[read more]

From Srirangapatna, A Data Lesson For India’s Cities

November 24, 2014 by IFMR Financing Small Cities

Many questions confront city officials all over the world every day. Their solution depends on having up-to-date data on infrastructure and service delivery. One of the biggest challenges with decision-making in Indian cities is the lack of data. Can making Indian cities 'smarter' be the answer? Srirangapatna provides a case study.[read more]

'Sweet Rebellion': Reclaiming India's Streets with Raahgiri Day

November 12, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Street Reclamation

Streets in India are famous for being epicenters of life and activity, and equally infamous for being traffic nightmares. Everyone with a desire to be on the streets finds a way to claim their space. Pedestrians play chicken with truck drivers, who dodge SUVs. There is an extreme lack of regulation and control.[read more]

100 Smart Cities in India: Governing for Human Impact

November 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Cities in India

This summer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to build ‘100 smart cities’ across India in an effort to take advantage of the country’s recent urban boom and catalyze investment in Indian cities. His initiative will cost the government 1.15 billion USD for the first year.[read more]

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Development and Mobility

Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for housing.[read more]

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Indian Industry Think Tank Proposes Improved Government Guidelines on Smart Cities Resilience Model

October 21, 2014 by David Thorpe

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An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focussed at present.[read more]

Ridesharing Could Revolutionize Urban Transport in India

October 20, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Ridesharing

Uber – one of the largest ridesharing services in the world – began operating in India when it expanded to Bangalore. In August, the company announced that it would launch its service in four new Indian cities – Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, and Kolkata, and now serves a total of ten Indian cities.[read more]