Financing Indian cities

Indian cities are fund-starved and unprepared to handle the stresses of rapid urbanisation in the country. Urban local bodies and municipal corporations, particularly in tier-2 and tier-3 cities, do not have the necessary autonomy or capacity to raise revenue. In this article, Nandan Sharalaya discusses options available to the government for financing cities, above and beyond the traditional model of public-private partnerships.      About 814 million people are exp

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How world cities moving forward on climate change leave the US President behind

When US President Donald Trump announced that his country would be pulling out of the Paris agreement, the immediate reaction across the globe was one of despair, anger and helplessness.  The Paris agreement is widely seen as the last opportunity for the world to unite and limit the increase in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius. How can this international agreement remain relevant when the world’s second-largest polluter chooses to remain out

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Why We Need To Actively Involve Indian Citizens In Urban Planning

Over the years, governance structures in most Indian cities have followed a simple and traditional top-down approach with little or no room for citizen engagement. People rely on the good intentions of the mayor or the municipal corporation, who they trust will take decisions in the overall interest of its citizens. This system has worked fairly smoothly in most Indian cities as the focus of urban local bodies has essentially been on the provision of basic services. And while expectations may ha

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Smart Cities: A Long Road Ahead For India

Just in terms of scale, there is no greater a managerial challenge in the world than the impending urbanization crisis that is about to hit India. A mammoth 600 million Indians are expected to live in cities by 2030, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the GDP. It is currently estimated that 30 people migrate every minute to major Indian cities from rural areas. The familiar adage that India lives in its villages is bound to become irrelevant in the next couple of decades. However, these cities,

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