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TRANSPORT POLLUTION
Old or new, cars must make way for buses

The ban on old diesel vehicles in Delhi and the NCR is a first step towards addressing the grave air toxicity in the region, but a well-designed BRTS could go a long way in achieving the real end. Darryl D’Monte compiles notes from a recent conference.

Transport Environment opinions Environment

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.
Cities Economy Environment

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 Cities 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 Cities Government MAHARASHTRA

VEHICULAR AIR POLLUTION
Will banning older vehicles clean the air in Delhi?
Is modernisation of transport the sole answer to air pollution problems in Delhi? In view of the NGT's proposed ban on older vehicles on the streets of Delhi, Sarath Guttikunda draws attention to several problems that need to be addressed for a healthier environment in the NCR.
Transport Environmental Hazards Environment opinions Environment

AIR QUALITY INDEX
How much do you know about the air you are breathing?
Red, yellow and green are not just about traffic lights any more. Colour coding the air quality in cities is a critical step towards dissemination of pollution data among citizens. But does India’s air quality index satisfy all the necessary conditions for optimal use? Sarath Guttikunda has more.
Environmental Hazards Environment Government

URBAN AGENDA
What will it take to make our cities really smart?
The thrust on ‘smart cities’ by PM Narendra Modi has been impossible to miss since he took over the reins. Researchers Sujaya Rathi and Shrimoyee Bhattacharya look at critical considerations to be made at the pilot stage of the evolutionary journey towards such urban centres.
Cities Economy Government

RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT
Do we really need Gujarat’s Sabarmati model?
When river restoration translates merely into cosmetic beautification of its ‘front’, real estate and urban elite are the only ones to gain at the cost of the larger river ecology. Amruta Pradhan discusses the Sabarmati Riverfront Development project and others inspired by it to highlight the risks in the model.
Public Funds Water Environment

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY BUILDINGS
It ain’t so difficult to green your home!
The energy efficiency and environmental benefits accruing from green buildings and living spaces are widely known, but it is often inertia and misinformation that prevents the adoption of these alternatives. Chandrashekar Hariharan discusses a few easy steps that could foster greener urban infrastructure.
Consumers Energy Environment

URBAN INDEX
What our cities are crying out for
A recent study from the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy shows that Indian cities rest on a weak systemic foundation. Madhavi Rajadhyaksha highlights the key findings from the study to argue for a systemic overhaul of urban India.
Public Funds Cities Government

PORT REDEVELOPMENT
Mumbai in the dock
The redevelopment of port land in Mumbai, dominated by the grandiose proposals of Nitin Gadkari, now rests primarily on the wishes of the Mumbai Port Trust, while it ignores the real needs of the city at large. Darryl D’Monte exposes the contradictions.
Cities Economy

LIVEABLE CITIES
On the right track, but miles to go
In March this year, Gil Penalosa of the Toronto-based NGO 8-80 Cities spoke in Mumbai and Bangalore of his global vision for liveable cities. Concluding his coverage of Penalosa’s talk, Darryl D’Monte explains why, despite a few isolated efforts, India requires a giant leap in initiative and attitudes to realise that vision.
Transport Economy

HOLISTIC URBAN PLANNING
Planning for a climate-resilient city
Indian cities have been identified as among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Shrimoyee Bhattacharya and Sujaya Rathi explore how the envisioned plan for Bangalore can build in increased resilience to climatic variations and impact.
Cities Environment
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