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The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

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]

Must a City of 8 Thousand Follow the Same Planning Processes as One of 8 Million? A Case for Rightsize Planning in India

October 13, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

City Size and Planning

India’s urban population currently stands at 377 million, representing 31% of the total. This urban population is distributed across a diverse range of small, medium and large urban centers. Smaller urban centers – or ‘census towns’ that have recently crossed the threshold to legally gain urban status.[read more]

Bhopal Becomes India's Fifth City to Join the Car-Free Raahgiri Movement

October 9, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Raahgiri Day in Bhopal

Bhopal became the fifth city in India to implement the weekly open streets movement, Raahgiri Day. Organized by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation, Traffic Police, and Bhopal City Link Ltd. in collaboration with EMBARQ India, the event began at 6am and witnessed an overwhelming first day turnout.[read more]

What India's New Road Safety Bill Means for Cities and Citizens

September 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Road Safety Bill

Road safety issues have reached a pinnacle in Indian cities. In 2013, 140,000 people died in traffic crashes, and many more were severely injured. These premature deaths and debilitating injuries put an intense burden not just on families and communities, but also on the workforce and the economy.[read more]

Can Auto-Rickshaw Fare Reform in Chennai Lead Users to Choose Sustainable Transport?

September 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Auto-Rickshaw Reform and Policy

Chennai, India has long been notorious for its lawless auto-rickshaw drivers. On August 25, 2013, the Tamil Nadu state government sought to change this perception by reforming rickshaw fare structures. The government was forced to implement the reform by the Supreme Court following a petition filed in 2010.[read more]

Friday Fun: Delhi Announces Raahgiri at the Center of Week-Long Independence Day Celebrations

August 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Raahgiri Day in Dehli

Delhi’s government just announced a week of Independence Day celebrations culminating in a Raahgiri event at Chandni Chowk. Raahgiri Day first came to Delhi in July as a weekly event that closes city streets to cars to celebrate walking, biking, music-making and socializing.[read more]

Regulation Can Help e-Rickshaws Transform Urban Mobility Across India

India and Transportation Regulation

As one of the most widely used forms of intermediate public transportation or paratransit, which are services that connect users to mass transportation systems like buses or metro – auto-rickshaws are ubiquitous in Indian cities and metropolitan areas.[read more]

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Mahindra Becomes India's First City to Begin Transforming into a 'Green Township'

July 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Mahindra World City

Mahindra World City has been named as India’s first township to be awarded with Stage I certification under the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) Green Townships Programme.[read more]

What Does a Sociological Approach to Safe Cities Reveal?: Findings from a National Workshop in India

Sociology and Safe Indian Cities

While concerns of violence against women are not new, women’s safety in public spaces has received significant attention in India in the past two years. Cities in India are seeing increased demands around making public spaces safer for women.[read more]

Scaling Up Sustainability: 'Raahgiri Day' Comes to New Delhi

Sustainability and Scale

 

Raahgiri Day, the weekly event that closes city streets to cars, has expanded beyond Gurgaon, India. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) together with the New Delhi Police Department decided to stage the first Raahgiri Day in New Delhi this past weekend.[read more]