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User: sumnet Topic: SUMNET
Category: Urban Planning
Last updated: Dec 23 2018 20:40 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Hyderabad floods underline the need for a climate resilience plan for Indian cities 4.11.2020 Scroll.in
Bad urban planning, encroachment of lakes and poor preparedness worsened the deluge, say experts.
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'Safeguarding borders is a 24x7 exercise' 1.11.2020 Rediff: News
'Breaking down silos and ensuring a more integrated governance process is just as important to performance.' 'It has been a major priority in the last six years, especially in national security,' External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar points out when delivering the Sardar Patel Memorial Lecture-2020: India and the Post-Covid World.
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Gamdevi: Lessons from Mumbai’s past that could help it create a better future 18.10.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
A neighbourhood built after the 1896 plague demonstrates that urban resilence is possible. People-centric planning is the key.
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Indian cities may not be ready for Uber’s public transport feature 30.9.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
The feature provides information about nearby public transit stops and real-time departure schedules.
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How a well-connected street network could help city residents live healthier lives 31.8.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Localities with better connectivity can evolve into more walkable, complete neighbourhoods.
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Indian cities get drowned every monsoon. Here’s what can be done about it 28.8.2020 Scroll.in
Urban areas are expanding and engulfing the open spaces which were major drainage points or forests in the past.
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Containing Covid-19 in megacities: Japan’s thoughtful urban planning has a lesson for the world 24.8.2020 Scroll.in
Tokyo shows other cities how to maximise space, integrate their public transport systems and places relentless emphasis on quality of life.
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Continuous rains submerge parts of Delhi-NCR 20.8.2020 Rediff: News
The Safdarjung Observatory has recorded 147.4 mm rainfall against the normal of 165.2 mm in August so far.
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India diluted the law that protects its coastal areas once the public could no longer give inputs 11.8.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
The dilutions enable the possibility of intensifying construction activity in urban coastal areas.
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The Central Vista project worsens the urban conditions that make Delhi brutally unsafe for women 3.8.2020 Scroll.in
It repeats the mistakes of colonial and post-independence planners, entrenching design that begets violence against women.
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What mapping Mumbai’s Covid-19 relief work reveals about inequality in services and ‘slow violence’ 21.7.2020 Scroll.in
Urban planning has made the city’s most vulnerable people invisible. But for Mumbai to be resilient, they need to be in the driver’s seat.
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Delhi’s urban planners must stop ignoring the shoddy infrastructure in its 135 urban villages 20.6.2020 Scroll.in
These ‘lal dora’ lands are run by influential families with little civic oversight.
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Centre’s Rs 20,000-crore Central Vista redevelopment plan may sit at odds with Delhi heritage rules 11.6.2020 Scroll.in
Protecting national heritage must transcend party lines.
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The routes migrant workers are taking home reflect India’s brutally uneven geographical development 26.5.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
The largest wave of internal migration is from the poorest districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, forced out by agrarian distress.
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How South Korea turned an urban planning system into a virus tracking database 22.5.2020 Reuters: Top News
When a man in Seoul tested positive for the new coronavirus in May, South Korean authorities were able to confirm his wide-ranging movements in and outside the city in minutes, including five bars and clubs he visited on a recent night out.
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In India’s post-Covid cities, circular migrants must be given their legitimate rights 3.5.2020 Scroll.in
This requires policy conversations on universal access to social rights, so that everybody has the right to basic consumption, regardless of documentation.
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In its fight against Covid-19, the US is missing its oldest ally: the American people 20.4.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
What the United States can learn from its World War II and Cold War strategies.
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In India, urban design must evolve to allow social distancing in slums 12.4.2020 Scroll.in
Most urban slum residents live in low-ventilation, space-starved spaces.
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Putting women on the map: Feminist cartographers are filling in urban design data gaps 29.3.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Women mappers tend to add services such as hospitals, toilets and domestic violence shelters, often overlooked by men.
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Plan for Mumbai’s Eastern Waterfront uses public land to benefit the wealthy – and must be resisted 21.3.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Shouldn’t employment, housing, infrastructure and environment be at the forefront of decision making regarding the future of this vital resource?
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