THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
13 DECEMBER 2018
Government : Cities
CITIES FOR ALL
Ahmedabad's TP schemes: Lessons for equity

Land pooling has helped steer development in Ahmedabad more equitably than in many other Indian cities, but with some limitations and challenges still to be overcome. A World Resources Institute report provides insight.

Government

SMART CITIES MISSION
What is a Smart City?
Last month the government announced the list of 9 new Smart Cities, taking the total of Smart Cities to 99. Prachee Mishra of PRS legislative takes a look at the Smart Cities Mission and a few issues with it.

Government
MUMBAI FLOODS
Mumbai after the 2005 deluge
July 26, 2017 marked the 12th anniversary of Mumbai’s mega flood in 2005. Darryl D’Monte looks into the causes and effects of the deluge.

Environment OP-ED
URBANISATION
Financing urban development
Several schemes to address different Indian urban issues are introduced by the government. Prachee Mishra discusses the fiscal and policy level challenges these schemes will encounter.

Urban Government
BOOK REVIEW
How democracy really works
'Democracy for Realists' is an important critique of how democracy works in practice. Nidhi Gupta reviews the book.

Reviews
MUMBAI'S WOES
When cities go under
Mumbai is closer to finalising its 20-year development plan, from 2014 to 2034. The plan might be hiding more than it reveals, writes Darryl D'Monte.

Urban Environment Urban Poor
ON THE WATERFRONT
There's more than meets the Mumbai Eye
With the arrival of a new Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, the redevelopment of port land in Mumbai is being discussed again and like the earlier discussions this one too ignores the real needs of the city and its citizens. Darryl D’Monte elaborates.

Urban Environment
DEVELOPMENT OF AHMEDABAD
How ‘smart’ is Ahmedabad?
As the Prime Minister launches his vision for cities in the country, it is pertinent to ask what his record has been in the largest city of the state where he was Chief Minister before becoming PM. A recent study finds many pluses, and some minuses. Darryl D'Monte reports.

Urban Government Urban Poor GUJARAT
POLLUTION CONTROL
What will it take to make our cities environment-smart?
PM Modi's vision of smart cities will remain unrealised till we have environmentally-smart urban centres, equipped to mitigate the severe chronic air pollution levels. But what will it entail? Sarath Guttikunda analyses.

Urban Economy Environment
REAL ESTATE REGULATION BILL
Commercial real estate set to be brought under new law
While a list of approved amendments to the proposed law on regulation of real estate is yet to be made public, it is now clear that the Bill will apply to commercial projects as well. Here is a round-up of the recent developments, from PRS Legislative Research.

Laws
HIGHWAY TOLLS
Why Fadnavis mustn't be soft on motorists
Sachin Tendulkar’s letter to the Maharashtra CM Fadnavis, urging him to reduce toll posts in the state, may just encourage the state further to execute its plan of exempting private cars and SUVs from such charges. Darryl D’Monte argues why that is entirely unjustifiable.

Transport Urban OP-ED MAHARASHTRA
MUMBAI DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Who will benefit from the ‘Manhattanisation’ of Mumbai?
The Mumbai municipal authorities have delivered a draft 20-year development plan for the city, but implementation of many of the proposals therein could well deliver the final blow to a city already gasping for breath, says Darryl D’Monte.

Transport Urban Government MAHARASHTRA
SWACHH BHARAT
Those brooms may not be enough to clean our waste!
The success of ‘spot fixes’ and initiatives by independent resident-collectives or organisations in cleaning up urban spaces and dumping spots has been noteworthy, but a long-term plan for solving waste issues in Indian cities needs more. Pooja Ramamurthi explains.

Public Funds Waste Government
India Together offers an excellent forum for people from diverse fields of expertise to present their views, share their experiences and raise questions about where our country and society are headed in the future.
Amitabha Basu
  • Retired Scientist
  • India Together reader