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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]

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India's 2014 Budget Promises Cash for 100 Smart Cities, Metros & Much More

July 10, 2014 by David Thorpe

Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced a target of Rs.70,600 million to help create 100 smart cities, and a comprehensive set of measures intended to pave the way for new metro systems, cycling and bus schemes, roads, solar power and cleaning up the polluted river Ganges.[read more]

Mumbai Scoops Global Sustainable City Project Award

June 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Gorai Garbage Site Closure Project in the city of Mumbai, India has become the winner of the City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2014. The prize is awarded by FAD (Fostering Arts and Design) and Barcelona City Hall, in order to recognise on an international scale any urban transformation processes experienced by a particular city...[read more]

How to Bring Private Developers into the Conversation on Sustainable Mobility

Private Development and Sustainability

Rapid urbanization in countries like India has led to increased incomes, in turn creating demand for housing, especially in the middle and upper level income brackets. To cater to this demand for large, individual homes, private real estate developers are building expansive gated residential communities.[read more]

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Bangalore: India's Only Metro City with 'Profit Making' Bus System

May 21, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Smart, Air-Conditioned, Efficient System

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation is the sole public transport provider for Bangalore and the only bus company in the whole of India making a profit. It therefore serves as an example to others. This in-depth article explains how it has achieved its success.[read more]

Integrating Health Benefits into Transport Planning and Policy: The Case of Indore, India

Transportation and Health

India alone accounts for about 10% of traffic fatalities worldwide. Fourteen lives are lost every hour, totalling 330 people that die each day on India’s roads. To combat these fatalities, Health Impact Assessments should be used to evaluate the potential impacts of traffic developments on city residents.[read more]

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Politicians & Public Transport in India: The Need to Look Beyond Inaugurations & Celebrations

April 25, 2014 by Pratik Dave

India Politics and Transportation

India, celebrating 67 years of Independence and holding its 16th National Elections, is the largest democracy in the world. Lots of promises are made by all political parties and their representatives, who introduce themselves as the ‘common man’ or a ‘public servant,’ but are still politicians.[read more]

Challenges in Managing the Motorized Two-Wheeler Wector in India

Two-Wheelers in India

With increasing income levels and rapid urbanization, India’s motorized two-wheeler fleet – which includes mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles – continues to expand. Two-wheelers are particularly popular because of their low costs, fuel economy, and ease of parking in congested conditions.[read more]

The Intersection of Public Health and Transport in Indian Cities

Transport and Indian Public Health

Typical transport investment and policy proposals in India often consider few factors, some being connectivity with surrounding areas, land use and socioeconomic impacts, available funding, and the level of support from local stakeholders.[read more]

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'Nalvaravu Chennai!' ('Welcome to Chennai!') The Jewel of South India: The City Using Public Transport the Most

March 26, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Chennai and Public Transportation

Chennai (formerly ‘Madras’) is the capital of Tamilnadu State in southern India. With an urban agglomeration spread across more than 400 square kilometers and a population of about 9 million, Chennai is the 4th most populous metropolitan area of India.[read more]

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Delay in Introducing Buses is Increasing Vehicular Ownership in India

March 13, 2014 by Pratik Dave

Do you call this safe?

India's cities have been experiencing rapid urbanization, but the authorities have been struggling to keep up with providing bus services. The result? Increased vehicle ownership, traffic jams and chaos.[read more]