Data ecosystem in smart cities
Implications for technology based interventions during the pandemic: Lessons from India Posted on 10 Jul, 2021 11:17 AM

Disease control is a long-standing consideration in building smart city architecture, while humanitarian actions are increasingly digitised. However, there are competing city visions being employed in the COVID-19 response.

National data policies need to promote standardisation and encourage local innovation (Image: Wikimedia Commons; CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)
Challenges to India’s urban water security and future growth patterns
Water resources in most Indian cities are overworked and overused, and not adequately replenished. Posted on 29 Dec, 2020 12:10 PM

Linkages between water security and socio-economic growth

Cities in India are marked by unequal distribution of water, lack of access, outdated infrastructure and minimal enforcement of rainwater harvesting and other means of supply. (Image: Anish Roy, Pixabay)
Cyclone Fani ravages Odisha's ecological hotspots
News this week Posted on 15 May, 2019 06:12 PM

Odisha's ecological hotspots severely affected by cyclone

After a cyclonic storm (Image source: IWP Flickr photos)
Dealing with urban waste
While India continues to be besieged by waste, a new book on waste management looks at how a minimal waste society can be created. Posted on 03 Oct, 2016 11:17 PM

When it comes to managing huge piles of waste, Indian metros have a monumental task in hand. As per 2011 figures, Delhi is the biggest waste generator with 6800 tonnes of waste being produced daily.

Pushpa leads the struggle against Bhalaswa landfill that contaminates Delhi's groundwater.
Centre speeds up its Clean Ganga Mission
Policy matters this week Posted on 19 Jan, 2016 11:36 AM

Centre to involve public, private firms for urban sewage treatment and Ganga clean up 

Ganga river at Gadmukteshwar (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Godavari, Krishna rivers are interlinked
News this week Posted on 14 Sep, 2015 10:21 PM

Godavari, Krishna rivers interlinked

Prakasam Barrage across Krishna river (Source: Subhash Chandra via Wikipedia)
Water and facilities flow better into cities
An analysis of Census 2011 data confirms many known facts--the urban beats the rural when it comes to treated tap water supply, access to water testing labs and much more. Posted on 05 May, 2015 01:35 PM

Sixty eight percent of India's population lives in rural areas but when it comes to facilities -- including the availability of safe drinking water -- cities and towns corner most of them.

Rural-Urban Drinking Water Supply Gap, Census 2011
Gujarat among the most water-starved states in India:UN
News this week: Groundwater depletion makes Gujarat a water-starved state, says UN; Surat units all set to use recycled water; SANDRP urges Maharashtra CM to withdraw irrigation projects. Posted on 15 Apr, 2014 09:10 PM

Gujarat among the most water-starved states in India: UN

Water scarcity in Gujarat (Source: WebGovernments)
Rain rain go away, our cities can't keep the water at bay!
Poor urban planning and reckless construction leave India incapable of welcoming the much-needed monsoon. Posted on 17 Jun, 2013 06:32 PM

Breaking news! The monsoon is here! It hit Kerala on June 1 and with that put an end to newspapers stories on drought in India highlighted by pictures of farmers standing on cracked earth and staring up at the sunny skies. However, very soon there will be Page-1 picture spreads of water-logged cities with traffic jams and harried people titled "The city is drowning"!

Water logging on city streets
Transformation of Surat, Gujarat, to a second cleanest city in India
Surat in Gujarat achieves remarkable transformation as one of the cleanest cities in less than two years after the plague of December 1994 due to proper municipal management Posted on 11 May, 2009 04:27 PM

This case study by All India Institute of Local Self Government deals with the transformation of Surat, from a city infested with plague to second cleanest city in India.  This transformation was largely due to improved municipal management, which was brought about by a strong leadership.