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July 2009

Sierra Club of US to Aid SEWA in Green Mission
31 July 09 | DNA
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The Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), which works for the economic development of rural people and the urban poor in an eco-friendly manner, will join hands with the Sierra Club, an environmental organisation based in the US, to launch a Centre for Excellence meant to increase green livelihood. Read More

Home Buyers to be Heard
31 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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Harrowed home buyers can soon approach a grievances cell to be set by the Maharashtra Chambers of Housing Industry (MCHI), an apex body of the construction industry which has 500 members. Read More

Mumbai’s Mega Makeover Plan Runs into Slum Hurdle
31 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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The Congress-led Maharashtra government’s decision to make legal all slums built before January 1, 2000 will create yet another hurdle for the mega city’s Rs 20,000 crore makeover plan. Read More

How Slum Freebies Will Affect You
31 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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The state government may have extended the cut-off date for slum regularisation to 2000 — adding 4 lakh slums to the already regularised 8 lakh — but can they be rehabilitated? Read More

Let’s Use Roofs to Tap the Sun!
31 July 09 | The Asian Age
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One of the most important advantages of solar energy is that it can be used to decentralise power generation — everyone generates the power she needs! This is already happening in hundreds of villages in north India where solar energy is powering home lighting systems. Read More

5.5 Lakh Homes a Year...
30 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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So here’s what we suggest: Make basic green norms — like rainwater harvesting and graywater recycling — compulsory for all new buildings in all 5,161 cities, towns and urban agglomerations in India. Read More

Apex Court Game for Village, Sees No Hazard
30 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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Rejecting objections of ‘Waterman’ Rajinder Singh and another environmental activist V.K. Jain that the constructions were on the Yamuna riverbed, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the government to go ahead with the construction of the 1,100 super-deluxe flats for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Read More

World’s Largest Solar Steam System Inaugurated at Shirdi
30 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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The world’s largest solar steam system designed to cook huge quantity of food installed at Sri Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi was inaugurated by New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah on Thursday. Read More

How Green is My Colony?
30 July 09 | Hindustan Times | By Sunita Narain
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Green seems to be the colour of the decade. But building green is not about first building structures that use a huge amount of material and energy, and then fixing them so that they become a little more efficient. Instead, it is about creating buildings that optimize on the local ecology, use local materials and most importantly, are built to cut power, water and material requirements. Read More

West Himalayas Bearing the Brunt of Climate Change
30 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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With erratic snowfall, melting of small glaciers affecting water flow in the rivers coupled with a rise in temperature inducing conducive conditions for invasion of insects, villages in the cold desert of Western Himalayas are bearing the brunt of climate change. Read More

‘No Shift in our Climate Change Stance’
30 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday accepted that India for the first time had accepted two degree celsius as a possible threshold for guiding global climate change action but said it would not result in emission cap for India or change in its stand. Read More

Kosi Waters Recede, But Not Fear
30 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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A record water discharge into the Kosi River from Nepal brought back fears of last year’s floods that devastated Bihar. Read More

Climate Change - Winning the Narrative
29 July 09 | Business Standard | By Arvind Subramanian
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India should offer constructive but conditional engagement at Copenhagen. Read More

Climate Change and the Indian Stand
28 July 09 | The Hindu | By R. Ramachandran
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The Singh Convergence Principle is an eminently sensible proposition. On the one hand, it forces developed countries to cut their emissions and, on the other, takes India on a low carbon path. Read More

India to Unveil 20GW Solar Target Under Climate Plan
28 July 09 | The Economic Times
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India will unveil its first solar power target as soon as September, pledging to boost ouptut from near zero to 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 as it firms up its national plan to fight global warming, draft documents show. Read More

India Not to Succumb to Pressure on Carbon Emission Pact: Govt
27 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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India will not succumb to any international pressure on committing to a legally binding agreement on cutting carbon emissions but will deal with climate change issues as per its own plans, Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Monday. Read More

MCD Relocates 7,351 Slum Dweller Families in Three Years
26 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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The main civic agency of the national capital has relocated and rehabilitated a total of 7,351 slum dweller families in various parts of the city over the last three years, spending an amount of Rs 26 crore. Read More

Change the Flush and Forget Mindset
26 July 09 | Hindustan Times | By Sunita Narain
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How do we make India water-secure? Read More

Water Down the Drain? Put Mr Citizen in Charge
26 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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Just a year ago, the residents of Hubli-Dharwad got a few hours of water once every four days. The story of how they have roped in foreign experts — and re-engineered water tariffs to cross-subsidise the system — is a lesson other Indian cities could learn from. Read More

Eco-Labelling to Become Mandatory for Many Electronic Goods
24 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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As parts of efforts to tackle climate change, the Centre is in the process of making eco-labelling mandatory on a string of electronic and other goods of daily use to make them environment-friendly and energy-efficient. Read More

Climate Fixers' Hard Sell
23 July 09 | The Washington Post | By George F. Will
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Unfortunately, China's president had to dash home to suppress ethnic riots. Had he stayed in Italy at the recent Group of Eight summit, he could have continued the Herculean task of disabusing Barack Obama of his amazingly durable belief, shared by the U.S. Congress, that China -- and India, Brazil, Mexico and other developing nations -- will sacrifice their modernization on the altar of climate change. Read More

Obama's Man Talks of Climate Change Deal with India
23 July 09 | IBNLive.com
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While Hillary Clinton's visit to India is being considered a huge diplomatic success on the climate change front not much progress was made. Read More

US Underplays Differences with India Over Climate Change
21 July 09 | IBNLive.com
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Seeking to underplay differences with India over climate change, the US says it is "encouraging" that both countries are committed to do whatever they can to reach an agreement on a new UN climate treaty at Copenhagen. Read More

India Rejects U.S. Proposal of Carbon Limits
20 July 09 | The Wall Street Journal
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India dismissed suggestions that it accept binding limits on carbon emissions, with a top official Sunday delivering a strong rebuke to overtures from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the two countries to work together to combat climate change. Read More

The Time is Approaching for India to Take a Lead on Climate Change
20 July 09 | The Independent | By Nicolas Stern
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India has been viewed by many, in my view unfairly, as an obstacle to progress. Now is the time for India to move into the lead on international discussions. Read More

Let's Prioritise our Cities
19 July 09 | Hindustan Times | By Ramesh Ramanathan
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"India lives in its villages," Gandhiji once said. It was the beginning of the 20th century, and the majority of country's population, did, in fact, reside in hamlets and villages. Our urban centres were still few and migration was a trickle, not a flood. Read More

India Can't Take Legal Binding on Emission Reduction, Says Ramesh
19 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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Underlining differences with developed countries over climate change, Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday said India can't accept legally binding greenhouse emission targets. Read More

Bring Solar to Our Villages
17 July 09 | The Asian Age | By K Subramanya
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While we in cities are easily driven to anger every time there is a power cut, we seldom spare a thought for the millions in our villages who are in far worse situation. Read More

Granite or Sandstone? Debate Over Rock Weighs Down CP Restoration
17 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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The New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) are fighting hard now — with rocks. Read More

The Two-Degree Limit
17 July 09 | Business Standard
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News reports have raised the question whether India gave away more than it should have in the discussions on climate change, at the recent meeting in Italy of the G-8 and G-5. Read More

Sky-High Plans
17 July 09 | Mint
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The five-year real estate boom that ended in a whimper in mid-2008 was symbolized by announcements of several ‘tallest’ projects by developers. Many of these are yet to take off for a variety of reasons. Read More

Low-Cost Housing Drive May Dent Margins of Realty Firms
17 July 09 | The Economic Times
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The June quarter financial results of real estate companies will mirror the changes that the sector went through during the quarter. The sector, which has been languishing for some time, appears to have found its feet with its focus on affordable housing. Read More

Arts Body to Map City’s Growth Through 2010 Exhibition
16 July 09 | The Indian Express
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Come 2010 Commonwealth Games, and the Delhi Urban Arts Commission will transform some of the most frequented and accessible public places in the Capital into cartographic museums. Read More

Lutyen's Zone has 36 'Unauthorised' Occupants
16 July 09 | NDTV.com
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Former defence minister George Fernandes, Jagdish Tytler and Kanshiram Rana are among 36 former ministers and MPs whose cases have been referred by Ministry of Urban Development to the litigation division for unauthorisedly occupying government bungalows in posh Lutyen's zone. Read More

Centre to Teach How to Run Urban Transport
16 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority known for developing infrastructure will now soon take a step in nurturing talent. The city’s planning body will set up a school for training people in mass transit systems like running and maintaining Metro as well as monorail systems. Read More

Four Ecotowns Given the Green Light
16 July 09 | The Guardian
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Towns to tackle Britain's housing shortage while minimising damage to the environment by showcasing energy efficient homes and green transport. Read More

How India Scored at G8
16 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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Delhi is confident it emerged from the recent G-8 summit with the nation’s climate change interests intact. India led a successful charge against three demands by the developed nations. India made one major concession, accepting that global average temperatures “ought not to exceed 2º Celsius,” largely because other developing nations conceded the point. Read More

Project Plans Fail to Deliver
16 July 09 | The Times of India
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The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has prepared detailed project reports (DPRs) for the conservation and management of heritage properties of the city, which are unique in architectural, artistic and religious expressions of traditional Indian culture. Read More

Harness Urban Opportunity
15 July 09 | Mint | By Ramesh Ramanathan
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Every rupee of investment in the urban sector is productive--it boosts economic activity and multiplies jobs. Read More

Forests Best Chance for New Climate Pact-Economist
15 July 09 | Reuters.com
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Finalising the United Nations' forest conservation scheme is an obvious and critical step to agreeing a new global climate change pact, Pavan Sukhdev, an economist at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Tuesday. Read More

Redraw Your Street
15 July 09 | Business Standard | Subir Roy
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This could be the story of an important street in any big town in India bursting at the seams. Read More

Subway Safety: China’s Record Worse Than Delhi’s
15 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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Round-the-clock construction of subway lines in at least 14 cities across China is speeding faster than any nation but leaving behind a track record of major accidents— worse than the latest accidents on the Delhi metro site. Read More

Driving Costs: Which Cities Charge Most for Parking?
15 July 09 | The Economist
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Parking rates are holding firm despite the economic downturn, according to Colliers International, a property company. Read More

Don't Miss the Bus
15 July 09 | The Times of India | By Chhavi Dhingra
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If there's one amenity all cities require for better air quality, reduced congestion and noise as well as quicker, safer travel opportunities for all, good and efficient public transport systems would be it. Unfortunately, our cities are centred on the personal vehicle, causing environmental and social damage. Read More

Great Ideas Alone are Not Enough to Transform the Way We Generate Energy
15 July 09 | The Guardian | By Garry Staunton
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Clean technology entrepreneurs need help to make their low-carbon brainwaves succeed commercially. Read More

Running Off Track
14 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: The Delhi Metro tragedy is assuming farcical proportions. As if Sunday morning's mishap was not enough six people died and 15 were injured when an under-construction concrete segment collapsed six more were injured when three cranes toppled during clearance operations the next day. Read More

Daunting Urban Challenge
14 July 09 | Business Standard
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India’s urban population is projected to go up by around 100 million in the next 12 years; that means urban space and facilities equivalent to at least seven Mumbais will have to be created. The challenge is making governments at the Centre and in the states start focusing on the needs of towns and cities, in part because more voters live in them than before. Read More

Reserve Land for Urban Poor: Selja to CMs
14 July 09 | The Indian Express
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Citing her concept of “inclusive cities”, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) Minister Kumari Selja has written to all chief ministers urging them to “consider amending” local laws to provide for “reservation” of land for affordable housing and informal sector activities of the urban poor. Read More

'Large Scale Migration in India a Cause for Concern'
14 July 09 | The Hindu
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Social tensions arising due to large scale migration from less developed to better developed regions rank high on the list of concerns of the commission on centre-state relations, says commission chairman and former chief justice of India Madan Mohan Punchhi. Read More

Navi Mumbai's Urban Haat Not so Hot in Rains
14 July 09 | The Times of India
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The newly inaugurated Urban Haat at Belapur has been described as "an ever-permanent fair for crafts, food and cultural activities'' at the website of the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited (Cidco). However, barely a month since this Rs 5 crore project was thrown open by the chief minister at the central business district (CBD), the Urban Haat has already closed down due to total lack of business. Read More

Centre Asks DDA to Submit Slum Revamp Plan
14 July 09 | The Indian Express
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Taking the Delhi Development Authority to task for the slackened pace of slum redevelopment, the Centre has asked the authority to submit the detailed rehabilitation and in-situ development plan for around 500 slum clusters in the city within a week, a top government official said. Read More

The Reckless Side of the 'New India'
14 July 09 | The Independent
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The much-vaunted "new India" is a confident, sometimes swaggering place that understandably wants to pitch the best of itself to the world. Next year's games are an opportunity to do that. It would be a tragedy however, if a self-imposed pressure to impress led to more accidents and the deaths of more poorly-paid labourers who, by and large, are unlikely to share in the spoils of this newly-imagined country. Read More

No Judicial Probe Till DMRC Report is in: Reddy
14 July 09 | The Times of India
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There is no possibility of a judicial inquiry into the Metro mishap which killed six people on Sunday till the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)-instituted independent committee submits its report, the government told Lok Sabha on Monday. Read More

Happy Journey: Low-Floor, Air-Conditioned Hot Wheels for State
14 July 09 | The Indian Express
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Urban transport in seven cities is all set to undergo a makeover, with the government deciding to replace the existing buses with 1,310 new, passenger-friendly buses. Read More

NDA Goes All-Out to Nurture Green Cover Within its Campus
14 July 09 | The Indian Express
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The National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, which is an abode not only for future officers of the Indian Armed Forces but also to a wide variety of flora and fauna, is taking several initiatives to preserve and nurture the green cover within its campus. Read More

Slum-Free Cities
13 July 09 | The Hindu
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Making cities slum-free is well-worn rhetoric lacking credibility. When Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee promised, in his recent budget speech, that India would become slum-free in five years, there was little enthusiasm. Read More

China Builds High Wall to Guard Energy Industry
13 July 09 | The New York Times
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When the United States’ top energy and commerce officials arrive in China on Tuesday, they will land in the middle of a building storm over China’s protectionist tactics to become the world’s leader in renewable energy. Read More

The Rich Can Relax. We Just Need the Poor World to Cut Emissions. By 125%
13 July 09 | The Guardian | By George Monbiot
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British and G8 climate strategy just doesn't add up. As soon as serious curbs are needed it turns into impossible nonsense. Read More

Centre Proposes Safety Commission
13 July 09 | The Times of India
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Concerned over the spate of accidents at construction sites, the Centre has now proposed a safety commission, which will spell out the norms and their methods of implementation. Read More

Govt Panel Working on Safety Norms
13 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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The metro accident that took place on early Sunday morning claimed six innocent lives. But to prevent a repetition of such incidents in the future, the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety — under whom safety issues related to Delhi Metro comes — is giving final touches to a Safety Commission report which will lay down guideline for all big infrastructure projects like the Delhi Metro. Read More

Designing a Cleaner ‘Tuk Tuk’
13 July 09 | The New York Times
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Last year, the International Energy Agency projected that the number of cars in China would grow seven-fold, to 270 million, by 2030. This year it adjusted that prediction to reflect a 20-fold increase. Read More

As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer
13 July 09 | The New York Times
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As this city prepared recently to inaugurate a shiny new bridge that officials promise will ease Mumbai’s chronic traffic jams, Dilip da Cunha was peering at the underbelly of the city’s waterways and drainage systems. Read More

Metro Accident Not Due to Commonwealth Games Deadline: Reddy
13 July 09 | The Economic Times
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The accident at the metro construction site in south Delhi Sunday, in which six people were killed, did not take place because of any hurry to meet the Commonwealth Games deadline next year, Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy told parliament on Monday. Read More

Altar of Populism
13 July 09 | DNA | By Yogi Aggarwal
Abstract: As Mumbai waits for the biggest ever transformation of its embedded slum township of Dharavi to begin, crucial questions about the pattern of urban development have begun to be raised. Read More

Metro Policy Planned on Lines of DMRC Pattern
13 July 09 | The Indian Express
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The government is planning to come up with a detailed Metro Rail policy modelled on the lines of the funding pattern of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which has proven to be a workable model. Read More

Did Metro Get Stranded in Games Rush Hour?
13 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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Due to its government scale salaries but hectic work schedules, DMRC has been losing many talented engineers to the private sector. Read More

Trillions Needed for India’s Growth to be Carbon Neutral
13 July 09 | The Indian Express

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In A bid to project what will be India’s optimum fuel mix pattern to tackle climate change, the Ministry of Environment and Forests has commissioned four think tanks to simulate a model for India’s growth. Read More

India Half a Degree Warmer in 100 Years: Minister
13 July 09 | The Economic Times
Abstract: There has been a warming of about 0.5 degrees Celsius in the average temperature in India over the past 100 years, the government informed parliament Monday. Read More

The Reinventive City
13 July 09 | Forbes.com | By Edward L Glaeser
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Over the centuries, New York City has survived crisis after crisis--the British defeat of the Dutch, Leisler's Rebellion, the 1863 draft riots, the 1929 crash, the attack on the Twin Towers. But none of these shocks struck as hard as the American Revolution. New York's recovery from that shock stands as a testament to the importance of human capital in reinventing a city. Read More

6 Killed in New Delhi Metro Bridge Collapse
13 July 09 | AP
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A sixth person has died in the collapse of a bridge being built for the Indian capital's metro rail, police said Monday, as the government prepared to investigate the prestigious project's worst-ever accident. Read More

Is Chief Secy Rakesh Mehta on Way Out?
13 July 09 | The Times of India
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Delhi's corridors of power are abuzz with speculation about a possible reshuffle in the upper echelons of the bureaucracy. Read More

Ancient Caves Battle Neglect
13 July 09 | The Times of India
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Is nothing sacred, wonders heritage activist Sharada Dwivedi while mourning the plight of the Buddhist Magathane Caves that were rediscovered by fellow historian Anita Rane-Kothare two years ago. Read More

Udaipur, India, Voted World's Best City in Travel Poll
13 July 09 | Reuters.com
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The Indian city of Udaipur, known as the "Venice of the East," was voted the world's best city for travelers in 2009 in an online poll by Travel + Leisure magazine, trumping last year's winner Bangkok. Read More

Periphery is Centre of Focus
13 July 09 | The Hindu Business Line
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Tech vendors zoom in on tier-2 and tier-3 cities for new business, particularly from SMEs. Read More

Pirana Dumping Ground to Turn Oasis
13 July 09 | The Times of India
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A mountain of filth will soon get transformed into an oasis. In an ambitious plan, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is developing Pirana dumping site into a green zone. They are also considering setting up an entertainment zone in the area. Read More

Villages, Urban Slums on Agenda of New Cabinet Panel on Core Sector
12 July 09 | The Indian Express
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The Government today announced a Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister with 12 Cabinet Ministers, two Ministers of State (Independent Charge) and Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, to fast-track and monitor the implementation of infrastructure sector projects above Rs 150 crore “with particular emphasis on rural housing and urban slum clearance.” Read More

From a Delhi Kebab Stand, Lessons in Indian Life
12 July 09 | AP | By Sam Dolnick
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Another maxim: If you have an open space, someone will fill it. As evidence, he pointed to a rival kebab stand, recently arrived and just steps away. Read More

India Prays for Rain as Water Wars Break Out
12 July 09 | The Guardian
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The monsoon is late, the wells are running dry and in the teeming city of Bhopal, water supply is now a deadly issue. Read More

Myths of Victorian Squalor
12 July 09 | The Guardian | By Jeremy Seabrook
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To view urban slums as a modern manifestation of industrialising Britain is damaging, and prevents genuine, helpful analysis. Read More

Secy's Book May Give Smart Cues to City Planners
12 July 09 | The Economic Times
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Sounds odd, but city administrators following the grammar of the recent book authored by urban development secretary M Ramachandran will have a better chance to receive quick government clearances. Read More

‘I See Hybrids as a Serious Contender for Reducing Pollution in India’
12 July 09 | The Hindustan Times
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In a candid chat with Sumant Banerji, John P Absmerier, director, business development, Asia Pacific, Delphi, talks about hybrids and their potentials. Read More

India Will Do its Bit to Control Emissions: Manmohan Singh
12 July 09 | The Hindu
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India recognised its responsibility to control its greenhouse gas emissions and will do its bit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told journalists during an interaction on board the special aircraft bringing him from Rome to New Delhi. Read More

Transport Min to Tie Up With SBI, ICICI Bank for E-Payments
12 July 09 | The Economic Times
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Truck owners in India will soon be able to pay the Rs 15,000 fee for the national permit from any part of India. The ministry of road transport and highways is said to be tying up with three banks in the country in order to facilitate e-payment of this fee. Read More

Cabinet Forms Team to Monitor Infra Projects
12 July 09 | Business Standard
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In an attempt to get core sector projects off the ground, the government has constituted a 13-member Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, which will be headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Read More

PM to Head Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure
12 July 09 | The Times of India
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will head a committee on infrastructure that is expected to streamline progress of key sectors which the government has identified as critical to the economy. Read More

Solar Energy Use Can Help Combat Global Warming
11 July 09 | DNA
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Lack of demand for solar energy appliance dominated as the core issue during a solar training workshop held by the Gujarat Ecology Commission recently. Read More

India, China Have to Resist Pressure on Climate Change: PM
11 July 09 | The Economic Times
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India and China need to resist pressure from industrialised countries on the issue of climate change, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday. Read More

Govt to Ease Rules for Road Project Investments
10 July 09 | Reuters.com
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India aims to reform policy and ease investment rules for infrastructure projects in an effort to attract capital to rebuild and expand its overburdened road network, the road transport minister said on Friday. Read More

Betting on the Sun
10 July 09 | Business Standard
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That a sun-soaked country like India should invest in solar energy is a no-brainer. That it should build green, energy-efficient buildings while conserving scarce water resources is also an obvious thing to do. It should also invest in afforestation and practise sustainable agriculture. These are some of the initiatives that form the National Action Plan on Climate Change, or NAPCC. Read More

India in My Rear-View Mirror
10 July 09 | The Wall Street Journal | By Peter Wonacott
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China has shown that its central and local governments are capable of building road infrastructure to deliver current and future economic growth. India's drive to do the same has sputtered, and the consequences of this torpid pace are clear for those who have recently spent time outside the big cities of both countries. Read More

315 Hypermarkets Likely in Tier I & II Cities by 2011: Study
10 July 09 | The Economic Times
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The study, titled ‘Reinventing India’s Retail Sector’, in its analysis of ‘feasibility of hypermarkets in tier I & tier II towns between 2008-11’ points out that even in 2008, as many as 212 towns had sufficient market potential for hypermarkets for break-even existence. This is a different matter that this potential has yet to be realized. Read More

G8 Summit: Barack Obama Says World Can Close The Carbon Emissions Gap
9 July 09 | The Guardian
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Barack Obama said today there was still time to overcome cynicism and close the gap with developing powers on climate change, after slow progress towards an agreement on how to cut carbon emissions across the planet. Read More

Wanted: Fresh Air
9 July 09 | The Economist
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WHEN argument fails, try metaphor. Shyam Saran, who heads India’s international negotiating team on climate change, says that greenhouse gases are taking up “carbon space” in the atmosphere. Past emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases from rich countries have taken up much of that space. Now the poor countries are standing up for their right to a little bit of that space too. Read More

G8 Action Without China and India Would Be Pointless
9 July 09 | The Guardian | By David Adam
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Developing countries will not surrender trump card for a handshake – they want hard cash and firm commitments. Read More

Few Takers for JNNURM
09 July 09 | Business Standard
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Four years after the launch of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, or JNNURM, to upgrade the infrastructure in cities, just above a third of the central funds allocated under the scheme have been used. Read More

ADB to Help India, Nepal, Sri Lanka Improve Water Management
09 July 09 | Mint
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The project is funded through an $850,000 grant from the Investment Climate Facilitation Fund established by Japan last year, which supports technical assistance projects. Read More

'Centre to Formulate New Housing Schemes for Urban Poor'
09 July 09 | Business Standard
Abstract: With severe land shortage coming in the way of housing for the urban poor, the Centre today asked states to come on board and help it formulate new schemes. Read More

Delhi Most Expensive Indian City for Expats: Mercer
8 July 09 | The Times of India
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The national capital has become the most expensive city in the country for expatriates, even as depreciation of rupee against the US dollar has made Indian metropolises compared to other world cities cheaper for foreign assignees to reside in, a Mercer survey says. Read More

Bypassing Mumbai’s Fabric
8 July 09 | Mint | By Salil Tripathi
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The Bandra-Worli Sea Link avoided Mumbai’s choke points. But it also avoided the intricate tapestry of the city. Read More

JNNURM: After Promises, PMC Waits for Funds
08 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: With the Centre increasing the JNNURM funding by 87 per cent, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) now faces the challenge to acquire the sanctioned funds, complete pending projects and propose new ones. Read More

Government to Promote Solar Power Units
08 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: The state government would soon be awarding the contracts to private players for installing solar power plants (4 MW capacity), said electricity minister Arcot N Veerasamy. "The state's power requirement would reach 2.6 lakh MW by 2015, and solar power is the best form of renewable energy. Read More

Repeal Rent Act, Minister Told
08 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: A delegation of the Committee for the Repeal of Delhi Rent Control Act (CRDRCA) met the Union minister of state for urban development Saugata Roy on Tuesday. It asked him to stop all JNNURM funds to Delhi as the state has not yet repealed the Delhi Rent Control Act, 1958 even though it is one of the mandatory reforms that states have to fulfil before they can access JNNURM funds. Read More

New Bus Plan Hits Red Tape Hurdle
08 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: The state government's plan to replace pre-1993 city buses has run into a muddle of bureaucratic red tape and bungling. Delay, sheer ad hocism and utter mismanagement are thus acting as roadblocks for the state transport department's grandiose plans to make city bus rides sans discomfort even in the peak of summer. Read More

Mumbai Facing Water Cuts as Lakes Run Dry
08 July 09 | AFP
Abstract: India's financial and entertainment capital is facing a 30 percent cut in water supplies, despite an overnight deluge of monsoon rains that left some streets and homes flooded. Read More

Drought Threat Looms Over North India
08 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: The earlier prediction brought bad news. Now, the latest Met update on the monsoon seems to affirm that northern India is staring at a drought. As of July 6, monsoon was 44% deficient in the region that includes Punjab, Haryana and west UP — the granary of the country. Read More

Tokyo Becomes World's Costliest City For Expats: Survey
08 July 09 | AFP
Abstract: Tokyo has replaced Moscow as the world's most expensive city for expatriates, and Beijing has moved into the top 10, according to a global survey released Tuesday by consultants Mercer. Read More

'Digging bore wells won't work'
08 July 09 | DNA
Abstract: The decision of the BMC to dig bore wells to tide over the looming water crisis in the city will exacerbate the problem, India's water man and Magsaysay award winner Rajendra Singh said on Tuesday. Rainwater harvesting is the only sustainable solution for Mumbai, he said. Read More

Sun Shines on Solar City Project
08 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: The master plan on making Chandigarh a Solar City prepared by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) was on Tuesday approved by
the UT administration and it would now be sent to the Union ministry of renewable energy for seeking double the prescribed financial assistance. Read More

Chandigarh ‘Solar City’ Plan Ready
08 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract: The draft plan for converting Chandigarh into a ‘solar city’ has been finalised by the Chandigarh Administration. The plan was discussed during a meeting between officials of the Administration and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on Tuesday. Read More

Civic Body Learns it Has More Wells Than it Knew of
08 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: It takes a water crisis-like the one looming large over the city at present-for the BMC to get its numbers right. Now that the civic body is looking to natural wells to bail it out, it only recently discovered that the number of these reservoirs is much higher than it had estimated. Read More

Aakash Ganga: Saving Water For a Rainy Day
07 July 09 | The Wall Street Journal
Abstract: The Ganga (or Ganges) is one of India's mightiest rivers, flowing from the Himalayas in Uttarakhand to the Sunderbans in West Bengal. It is nowhere near the arid northern state of Rajasthan. It is equally remote from Guiyang Municipality in the People's Republic of China. But Aakash Ganga – a rainwater harvesting project that literally means "river from the skies" -- is making a mark in both places. Read More

City Builders Unhappy With Budget
07 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: It was a blue Monday morning for the real estate sector that failed to find a mention in the budget speech of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. Read more

Real Estate Sector Cold to Measures
07 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: With many ups and more downs making the going rough for industrial and real estate sectors in 2008-09, the Union budget presented by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday was expected to make things a bit smoother for everyone. Read More

Rajiv Awas Yojana to Aim at Slum-Free India
07 July 09 | Business Standard
Abstract: The Rajiv Awas Yojana, announced in the budget, aims at promoting a slum-free India in five years and would focus on according property rights to slum dwellers, Union Minister for Housing and Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja, said here today. Read More

The Top 50 Most Expensive Cities
07 July 09 | The Guardian
Abstract: London has dropped 13 places from last year to be the 16th most expensive city in the world - according to the latest figures from consultants Mercer. Read More

Mumbai Faces Acute Water Shortage
07 July 09 | BBC
Abstract: The authorities in the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay) have reduced water supplies by 30% as it faces one of the worst water shortages in its history. Read More

Rajiv Awas Yojana to Aim at Slum-Free India
07 July 09 | Hindustan Times
Abstract: The Rajiv Awas Yojana, announced in the budget, aims at promoting a slum-free India in five years and would focus on according property rights to slum dwellers, Union Minister for Housing and Poverty Alleviation, Kumari Selja, said in New Delhi on Tuesday. Read More

Team Manmohan’s Vote of Thanks for Urban India
07 July 09 | Hindustan Times
Abstract: Urban India never had it so good. Fresh from its poll success in urban areas — once considered BJP strongholds — the UPA government has thanked the constituency by hiking budgetary allocations for cities. Read More

Incrementally Raising Rural-Urban Linkage
07 July 09 | DNA | By Shashanka Bhide
Abstract:
Strengthening rural-urban linkages by improving rural infrastructure is an essential step for making rural India a partner in achieving a high and sustainable overall economic growth. The budget may only be making incremental moves towards this end. Read More

Delhi Gets Rs 3,472 Cr for Games
07 July 09 | Hindustan Times
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It’s raining funds for Delhi courtesy the Commonwealth Games. The Capital, which will host the sporting extravaganza that begins in October 2010, got Rs 3,472 crore in the budget to develop infrastructure. Read More

10-Fold Hike for Urban Renewal
07 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
A ten-fold increase in allocation under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) up from Rs 153.91 crore in 2008-09 to Rs 1,129.82 crore may have brought smiles for Delhi but government officials are quick to warn that it is not yet time for celebrations. Read More

Not to Forget Slums, Space And Women
07 July 09 | The Telegraph
Abstract:
President Pratibha Patil’s target of making India slum-free in five years got a boost in Monday’s budget when the finance minister increased the allocation for the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission by 87 per cent to Rs 12,887 crore. Read More

Fresh Hope for Projects as JNNURM Kitty Gets Fatter
07 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
With the Union Budget increasing the allocation for projects under the JNNURM in 2009-10 by 87 per cent (Rs 12,887 crore), the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) now plans to submit new proposals for water supply, solid waste management and flyovers. These projects were earlier held back due to restricted funds. Read More

Not Much to Push Real Estate Sector
07 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
Battered for quite sometime following inflation, the real estate market in the state capital was looking for some sops which, of course, didn't materialize. Perplexed real estate watchers in the state capital claimed that the market is unlikely to go up the scale in the near future, provided inflation is curtailed. Read More

Budget Puts Road Plans in Top Gear
07 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
With the 2009 budget pouring 87% more funds into the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) several important projects that can improve road connectivity for Mumbaikars are set to receive a boost. Projects under JNNURM get 35% of the project’s cost as a grant from the Centre, with the remaining amount coming from state and local bodies. Read More

City Development Gets a Fillip
07 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
The exact figures for the city is yet to be fixed. But with the 87% hike in allocation of funds under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), and Rs 500 crore hike for storm-water drainage projects, the city and state can heave a sigh of relief. Read More

JNNURM Allocation Brings Hope
07 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
With the Centre increasing JNNURM allocations by 87%, to Rs 12,887 crore for 2009-10 in the Budget, there's hope and cheer among civic officials. Read More

Infrastructure — Road to Rapid Growth
07 July 09 | The Hindu Business Line

Abstract:
If there is any sector that can boast of walking away with most goodies from the Budget 2009-10, it is infrastructure. Be it the allocation for highways or irrigation programmes, rural development or accelerated power reforms, the increased infrastructure spending has been the key highlight of the Budget. Clearly, the sector is being viewed as the key driver of economic growth. Read More

Mumbaikar vs Delhiwallah
07 July 09 | The Times of India | By A.P.S Malhotra
Abstract:
Living in the political and commercial capitals of India as Delhi and Mumbai are often referred to, respectively we have both imbibed traits associated with the stereotypes of our respective megacities. Read More

Funds Announced for Climate Missions
06 July 09 | The Hindu
Abstract: As the threats of climate change becomes more visible, the government today announced allocation of much-needed funds for the eight national missions envisaged in the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) unveiled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Read More

Pranab Hopes to Green Economy, NGO Unimpressed
06 July 09 | The Economic Times
Abstract: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee cut customs duty on a key wind turbine component and on bio-diesel while presenting his 2009-10 budget proposals, hoping the move would please environmentalists. But an international NGO said he had done nothing to change the direction of India towards a greener economy. Read More

Govt Slashes Customs Duty on Wind Power Equipment to 5%
06 July 09 | Business Standard
Abstract: U To help promote power generation through renewable sources of energy, the government today reduced the basic customs duty to 5 per cent on permanent magnets, a major component for wind power projects. Read More

Govt. Announces Rs 1,00,000 Crore for Infrastructure
06 July 09 | The Hindu
Abstract:
According priority to infrastructure development, the government on Monday said IIFCL and banks are equipped to support projects involving investment to the tune of Rs 1,00,000 crore in infrastructure.

Budget Eases Lending to Infrastructure; Shares Tumble
06 July 09 | Reuters.com
Abstract:
Infrastructure developers sought more clarity on fund allocations mentioned in the federal budget, but their shares tumbled more than the broader market as the announcements fell short of expectations. Read More

Rs 4,000cr for Urban Poor Housing
06 July 09 | The Asian Age
Abstract:
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday allocated around Rs 4,000 crores for providing housing and basic amenities to the urban poor. Read More

'India Still Thinks Itself as a Nation of Villages'
06 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
Over the next 30 years, India's urban population will double. In a decade, some 20 million new urban migrants will join the 62 million slum-dwellers. But the country's productivity, economic efficiency and political stability will largely depend on a 'renewal of Indian forms of urbanisms' that cannot be substituted with imported designs and master planning schemes for the 'next Shanghai', urban planning expert Jeb Brugmann tells Aarthi R. Read More

JNNURM Expansion Plan Does Not Enthuse Local Bodies
06 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
Union urban development minister S Jaipal Reddy's decision to increase the coverage of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) programme has not enthused the local bodies in the state in spite of the fact that the Centre will generously fund the developmental programmes in the towns. Read More

The Art of Urbanisation
06 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract:
Researcher and internationally acclaimed urbanist Jeb Brugmann was in the city recently to launch his book, ‘Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How the cities are changing the world’. Through this book, the author offers an eye-opening anatomy of the living city and explains how India’s success is inked to becoming an urban nation. Read More

'India Should Cash in on Slums, Not Remove Them'
06 July 09 | The Week
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Instead of clearing slums, India should use them for its poverty reduction strategy, says Jeb Brugmann, an urban planning expert from Canada, who also points out that high rises and shopping malls do not cater to the masses. Read More

Delhi Gets Rs 2,435.68 Cr in Budget
06 July 09 | The Hindu Business Line
Abstract:
The national capital got a plan allocation of Rs 2,435.68 cr in the general budget, a whopping jump of Rs 1,673 cr from the last year's revised estimate. Read More

More Power Needed For Pushing Renewable Energy
05 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: It's been a summer of discontent throughout the country, with the same old story being repeated everywhere - power cuts extending upto 10-12 hours, frayed tempers and blame games. Many would consider this nothing new, but experts in the power sector say that we're suffering needlessly. Read More

What to Reform: Fewer Subsidies, More Investment
05 July 09 | Mint | By Partha Mukhopadhyay
Abstract:
Investment in health, education and infrastructure must precede growth. But, given the fiscal deficit, this requires hard choices about subsidies and taxes. Read More

Please Don’t Repeat A Paris or Nairobi
05 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract:
Last Updated : It has been reported that in Chennai alone about one lakh people will be shifted out of the city as part of a clean-up. A terrible mistake, according to many including Jeb Brugmann, a widely travelled strategist on urbanisation. Read More

Slum-Free India In 5 Yrs a Reality?
05 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract:
Upgradation of 1,000 slums, construction of 10 lakh houses, a biometric survey of slums and "equitable city" campaign during the 11th five-year Plan period are the ambitious targets of UPA's new affordable housing scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Awas Yojana. Its aim is "to make a slum-free India in five years". Read More

States Buy Over 10,000 Buses Under JNNURM
04 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract: Under the second stimulus announced in January earlier this year, states have placed orders for around 10,380 buses, in an effort to give a boost to urban transport, the urban development ministry said. Read More

Environmental Group WWF Urges G8 to Make Climate Pledge
04 July 09 | AFP
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The environmental group WWF on Friday urged the Group of Eight industrialised nations to show global leadership by making a commitment to keep climate change in check at their summit next week. Read More

Low-Cost 'Yuva Trains' for Major Cities
3 July 09 | DNA
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With youth being the flavour of the season, railway minister Mamata Banerjee today introduced low-cost, air-conditioned 'Yuva Trains' dedicated to the generation next. Read More

Mamata Vs Jaipal Over Kolkata Metro
02 July 09 | DNA
Abstract: Railway minister Mamata Banerjee's attempts to grab all the brownie points from the Left Front government in West Bengal have brought her into a direct conflict with her cabinet colleagues in Delhi. Read More

India Says Meeting $500 Billion Infrastructure Goal Challenging
02 July 09 | Blooberg.com
Abstract: India’s plan to spend $500 billion on roads and power plants in the five years ending March 31, 2012, will be a “challenging task” as the economic slowdown and the global financial crisis have made it difficult to raise funds. Read More

Address Land Disputes in Building Roads: Survey
02 July 09 | The Economic Times
Abstract: Critical of huge gaps in the development of infrastructure, the Economic Survey today asked government to address the issues of disputes in land acquisition, rehabilitation, and problems of law and order in states, systematically. Read More

UPA-II Faces a Bigger Urban Agenda
02 July 09 | The Economic Times | By Om Prakash Mathur
Abstract: The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) represented the urban face of UPA-I; indications are that the JNNURM will continue to be the urban hallmark of UPA-II. If the objective of UPA-II is to achieve the JNNURM goals as set at its launch in December 2005, then, there is no alternative but to change the pace and strategy of implementation of the JNNURM. Read More

Energy, Transport Sectors Need a Stronger Push
02 July 09 | Mint | By Partha Mukhopadhyay
Abstract: There are always expectations from the budget about infrastructure, especially since governments around the world have lavished money on it as part of their stimulus packages. What do we need to do in infrastructure and where can the budget help? Read More

GSI Nod in Place, HUDA to Plan Sectors Near Hills
02 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract: With 80 metres of land towards the Shivalik and Nada hills side in Panchkula now available to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), the authorities will re-plan Sectors 23 and 32, which fall in the area. Read More

The Hyderabad Example
02 July 09 | The Financial Express
Abstract: In New Zealand, it takes one procedure and one day to start a business. In India, it takes an average of 12 procedures and 34 days. Costs of doing the same are 0.4% and 47% of income per capita in New Zealand and India, respectively. Read More

Metros on Celluloid
02 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract: The first lecture in the series titled ‘The Filming of a Metropolis’, will discuss history as a series of parallel narratives recorded in films, through the point of view of some landmark filmmakers of the 20th century. Read More

Indian Heritage Architecture is 'Nobody's Baby'
02 July 09 | AFP.com
Abstract: In the days of the British Raj, Watson's Hotel in Bombay was the place to stay and be seen, its sweeping staircases, plush bars, restaurants and grand ballroom a symbol of colonial splendour. Read More

Merkel Sees G8 Agreement on 2 Degrees Climate Goal
02 July 09 | The Economic Times
Abstract: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she expected leaders from the Group of Eight industrialized nations to endorse a goal of limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius. Read More

Obama's Climate Leadership Faces Test at G8 Forum
02 July 09 | Reuters.com
Abstract: President Barack Obama, buoyed by a domestic victory on climate policy, faces his first foreign test on the issue next week at a forum that could boost the chances of reaching a U.N. global warming pact this year. Read More

Climate Change Costs India Over 2.6% of GDP: Survey
02 July 09 | The Economic Times
Abstract: India is now spending over 2.6 percent of its gross domestic product to adapt to climate change, says the country's annual Economic Survey, tabled in parliament Thursday by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Read More

No Hostages
02 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract: A recent paper in the Journal of Climate from researchers at MIT revised their estimate of a global temperature rise this century from 4 degrees to more than 9 degrees Celsius. Read More

New Scheme for Slum-Free India
02 July 09 | The Hindu
Abstract: The Centre will formulate a new scheme for slum dwellers and the urban poor in an effort to promote a slum-free India in the next five years. The Rajiv Awas Yojana will focus on according property rights to slum dwellers and urban poor by the States, providing basic amenities and enabling the construction of houses through access to subsidised credit. Read More

A Promise Kept: City Gets Own NSG Hub
01 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract:
Seven months after the 26/11 terror attacks, the first of four regional National Security Guard (NSG) hubs in the country was operationalised in Mumbai on Tuesday through a symbolic raising ceremony presided over by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at the Kalina New Police Headquarters. Read More

Bridge to Somewhere?
01 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: Travel in India's financial capital just got a little easier. The much-awaited bridge connecting Mumbai's Bandra and Worli on the city's western coast was inaugurated yesterday to the delight of thousands of harried commuters. Read More

Skill Development Programme for 10-Lakh Urban Poor: Selja
01 July 09 | The Hindu
Abstract: Aiming to create self employment opportunities for the urban poor, the government today announced launching of a skill development programme for 10-lakh people. Read More

Property Rights for Slum Dwellers Proposed: Selja
01 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract: Aiming at empowering the urban poor with legal rights, UPA government is initiating steps to provide property entitlements to them. Read More

An Increasingly Affluent Middle India is Harder to Ignore
01 July 09 | The Wall Street Journal
Abstract: Somewhere between these extremes is the real Indian market. It does not lie in the metros or the villages. "The Indian urban growth story until now has been driven largely by metros," says Ashok Rajgopal, a partner in the media and entertainment practice at Ernst & Young, a global assurance, tax, transaction and advisory-services firm. "This is now moving beyond metros into smaller towns." Read More

Ludhiana Easiest City to Do Business in India: IFC Report
01 July 09 | Business Standard
Abstract: In the first city-specific study of its kind, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has said Ludhiana, the industrial hub in Punjab, is the easiest location to do business in India. Read More

India Has Been Systematically Reforming
01 July 09 | Mint
Abstract: The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank on Tuesday released the Doing Business in India 2009 report that measures business regulations and enforcement across 17 Indian cities. In an interview, Penelope J. Brook, acting vice president, financial and private sector development, IFC, explains how India can improve its ranking by learning from its own best practices. Read More

City on Top; Industrialists Amazed
01 July 09 | The Times of India
Abstract: In what could be amusing to industrialists battling with an acute power crisis, the city has been ranked as the most ideal place in the country for setting up new business ventures. Read More

Bhubaneswar Means Business: World Bank Report
01 July 09 | The Indian Express
Abstract: Doing business in Bhubaneswar is easier compared to other cities of India ? At least that’s what the World Bank (WB) thinks. Read More

Bangalore Least Business-Friendly Destination
01 July 09 | Deccan Herald
Abstract: Bangalore may be India’s Silicon Valley or a ‘happening city’ for the trendy. But it is just not the right destination for international capital, a report compiled by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank has concluded. Read More

 

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