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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]


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]

Three Challenges Facing India's Growing Cities

Growing Indian Cities

Growth and rapid urbanization are combining to create huge challenges for Indian cities, which are expected to grow to a population of 590 million in 2030. Meeting demand for urban services in these cities will require US$ 1.1 trillion in capital investment over the next 20 years.[read more]

Efficient Roofs for Efficient Buildings: Building Blocks for Energy Efficient Cities in India

February 8, 2014 by The Nature of Cities

Efficient Roofs

I recently relocated to New Delhi after more than a decade — a set of years which entailed rapid economic growth for India. Infrastructure development in cities around the country is booming and it is difficult to travel for too long without meeting the rising towers of concrete and shining glass.[read more]


Give Slum Dwellers Ownership of their Land says Dr. Shlomo Angel

February 3, 2014 by IFMR Financing Small Cities

Dr. Shlomo (Solly) Angel

In this interview, Dr. Shlomo (Solly) Angel, author of Planet of Cities, argues that to facilitate development slum dwellers should be given the land they occupy and that people not planners know best when it comes to deciding what should happen where they live.[read more]


The Demise of the 'Red Bus' Means Congestion in Ahmedabad

January 15, 2014 by Pratik Dave

A Vicious Circle of Decline

How can a city bus service, once the nation's pride, cope with a combination of rising urbanization and car ownership, ageing fleet, rising costs and poor management? Ahmedabad is paying for this failure with rising congestion and air pollution.[read more]

Even Floating Yogis Take the Janmarg

January 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Yogis and Transit

The Janmarg is already a source of pride for the residents of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, and for good reason! The nearly 40 kilometer (24.9 mile) network of busways carries 52,000 passengers every day and has drastically improved the efficiency of the city’s transport network.[read more]


Greening Hyderabad One Tree At A Time

January 9, 2014 by David Thorpe

Party to save the planet!

Hyderabad's recent IT-boom-fuelled growth has caused the destruction of green belts. Kantha Rao's NGO, Planet 3 Protection Alliance (P3PA), is organising marathons to raise awareness and getting volunteers to plant new trees...[read more]


India Experiments with Car Free Sunday Streets and Bus Day to Popularize People Friendly Cities

January 1, 2014 by Kumar Manish

Cycle Day in Bengaluru, Bangalore.

A new wave of people-centric innovative campaigns has reignited the concept of "cities for its people" in India. These initiatives are supported by citizen groups & nonprofit organizations with able support from media and local government bodies to capture the hearts of the people.[read more]

Reinventing Chennai's Auto-Rickshaws

December 26, 2013 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transit Innovation

Chennai – the capital city of Tamil Nadu in southeastern India – recently implemented new fare regulations in its auto-rickshaw sector for the first time since 2007. In 2010, the government lifted a freeze on issuing permits, which decreased costs and led to growth in the supply of auto-rickshaws.[read more]

Raahgiri Day Spotlights Non-Motorized Mobility in India

December 23, 2013 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Raahgiri Day and Mobility

On a cold winter morning on November 17, 2013, over 10,000 residents of Gurgaon, India, poured onto the streets to celebrate their city. Raahgiri Day had arrived. From 7:00 am to noon, 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) of major city streets were closed to vehicles.[read more]

India’s Suburban Sprawl Is Stifling City Centers

December 19, 2013 by IFMR Financing Small Cities

How much more of this can India take?

Urban India grew by 90 million people in the previous decade. 2774 new towns were born. One-third of these are near India’s large cities. India’s rapid suburbanization is happening alongside the stagnation of India’s metropolitan cores. This is bringing many problems.[read more]