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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]

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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]