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Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative

Safety in Comics

India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take on a daily basis.[read more]

Friday Fun: Lessons and Innovations from India's Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela

Temporary City in India

 

In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India. From January 14 to March 10, as many as 34 million people are estimated to have passed through the festival, which occupies an area larger than that of Athens, Greece.[read more]

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

Urbanization in India

India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country.[read more]

Public Health and the Road to Safety

February 25, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Urban Traffic Safety Planning

As Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: India has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with around 10 percent of the world's road traffic fatalities in 2013.[read more]

Why India Needs Open Data for Better Urban Mobility

February 23, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

India Data Policy and Mobility Support

India’s new initiative to create smart cities across the country has brought to light the need for open and accessible data. Open data has the potential to spark innovation, encourage private and public collaboration, and make moving in cities more comfortable, cost effective, and convenient for all.[read more]

The Two Things India Must Get Right for its Economic Future

February 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

India Economic Planning

Taking even a quick look at India’s current pattern of growth, it’s not hard to see both the rising energy insecurity and the stress that cities across the country are experiencing. Congestion, urban sprawl, and poor access to reliable energy are daunting challenges to the development of the country.[read more]

How to Enable Safer Access to Mass Transit in Indian Cities

Transportation and Safe Access in India

 

To help planners and city leaders, EMBARQ, part of the Sustainable Cities program of the World Resources Institute in India, has developed the Safe Access Manual: Safe Access to Mass Transit Stations in Indian Cities.[read more]

What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

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

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 WRICities

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]