'Politics, science and civil society will determine success of SDGs'
Paul V Gandingen, director at Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) and a UNESCO chair, talks about how countries can achieve …
Goa sees sharpest dip in farm sizes, Sikkim follows
The latest provisional Agriculture Census shows that the average size of farmlands in Goa decreased by 30 per cent in five years
Bonds to the rescue?
Urban local bodies across India are floating bonds to raise money. This may render them unviable and make city living costly
Sukhomajri's failing development model
A model Haryana village, which had pulled itself out of poverty by managing natural resources, shuns the very model of development
SC declines to designate Joshimath crisis a national disaster; redirects petitioner to HC
We don’t want anyone to use these proceedings only for sound bytes for social media, SC said
New agenda for Africa’s sustainable urbanisation to be adopted at UN meet in Quito
Weak planning of urbanisation is resulting in lost opportunities for growth and transformation for Africa
Elephanta Island gets too much development too fast
Getting power supply could have shaped the island’s future, but now the recent CRZ notification has put its existence at risk
India is moving at jet speed, people should be able to move too
1 in 4 men and every second woman in India are physically inactive; can Indian construct cities which are creators of health, environment and equity?
In Telangana’s Badanpet, a dumpsite turns into a rock garden, nursery
As of now, this nursery is self-reliant in supplying saplings for horticultural purposes, park development, road median development, greening and …
Cities will be too hot to live in future, says new UNEP report
There is a need for a strategic, whole-system approach that realises sustainable urban cooling or rather sustainable urban comfort
Building norms bent for better ease of doing business rankings
The latest notification has eased green norms for builders to facilitate urban development
West By Far East
In the rush for economic growth, China ignored its environment. Now it faces a nightmare. The country is one of the most polluted in the world.
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What India should look like in 2100
A new anthology touches upon most facets of Indian society, but leaves the reader feeling like the proverbial blind man who describes an elephant …
More dreams sans cars
From a loose concept to a concrete movement, the idea of the car-free city has evolved gradually
A congestion plan in the name of decongesting Delhi
Urban development ministry’s expert panel report on how to decongest Delhi pays only lip service to improving public transport and …
Owning the road
Cities without cars, pollution and traffic. A movement is spreading across Europe to drive cars out. People are beginning to say no to cars
Confidential audit exposes financial, planning lapses in Andhra’s urban renewal mission
Recommendations on solid waste management: How govt action falls short
The standing committee on urban development made 37 recommendations, 14 of which were accepted by the Union government
Garbage gets attention
India is revising the way it manages solid waste. A manual for this, prepared by the urban development ministry, proposes providing legal …
Budget 2023-24: What can it offer for the development of Indian cities?
Strengthening urban local bodies & capacities of citizens, communities key for sustainable development of Indian cities
Revision in Delhi’s parking rates is a positive step
This measure must be combined with other steps to address the problem of the increasing number of private vehicles
Rajasthan to ease rules for urbanising agricultural land
Activists say new provision in land revenue Act protects neither farmers nor agriculture
Can COVID-19 pandemic help India foster rural livelihoods and build resilient villages?
The shift of balance created by COVID-19 has revealed that urban centres, while important, need not be the sole creator of jobs or economic …
India does need toilets more than temples
Modi’s toilet remark has sparked a political row, but no one is paying attention to India’s sanitation challenge