3rd November – ‘Sponge’ cities mission

Time for a ‘sponge cities’ Mission In the wake of torrential rains in the third week of October in Hyderabad, over 50 people died. Almost 10 years ago, scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, built climate change adaptation tools for Hyderabad. However, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority of that time did …

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Urban governance

11th June – Urban governance reforms

Urban governance systems must reform A comparative analysis of the emerging coronavirus cases across India clearly shows that rural areas have fared extremely well in comparison to urban areas in enforcing the various Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines related to the lockdowns and, consequently, in containing the overall spread of COVID-19. It can also be …

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4th January – Minimising the housing divide

Notwithstanding growing disparities of material status in India, there is a framework to mitigate the country’s socioeconomic problems and create a common development platform for rural and urban areas. This is called the Provision of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA). The realisation of PURA’s transformative potential depends on public policies that recognise that its …

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