THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
23 October 2017
Environment : Urban
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.

Cities Government

RECYCLING AGENTS
Waste pickers live, work with pride A glimpse into the lives of women waste-pickers in Pune by Suchismita Pai.
Waste Women
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.
Cities 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.
Cities Environment
ANDHRA'S NEW CAPITAL
Is Amravati really a 'capital' choice? The Draft Capital Master Plan of Andhra Pradesh proposing development of the new capital for the state of Andhra is of a deep concern. Debadityo Sinha analyses the plan to show what it lacks and why the plan doesn't augur well for the state.
ANDHRA States
SANITATION & HYGIENE
Slum dwellers in Assam suffer from poor sanitation and hygiene Sanitary conditions in most of the slum areas in Assam are abysmal. Ignorance about cleanliness, lack of water supply and proper working toilets, absence of covered drainage and sewage, and no action from the local and state government are to be blamed for the mess, reports Nilotpal Bhattacharjee.
Sanitation Health ASSAM
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.
Cities Government Urban Poor GUJARAT
COMPOSTING SCAM IN BENGALURU
What's in that compost you are using: burnt waste? A citizen’s probe unearths a racket in which toxic burnt waste is sold to farmers in the garb of vermicompost; what’s more, the packaging indicates involvement of a composting firm under the government. Shree D N and Akshatha M report from Bengaluru.
Waste Environment KARNATAKA
TRANSPORT POLLUTION
Old or new, cars must make way for buses The ban on old diesel vehicles in Delhi and the NCR is just a first step towards addressing the grave levels of 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
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