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India’s Massive Construction Industry to Get the EDGE on Green Building

EDGE certified

The green building certification system, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies), is now available for the building industry in India, under the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). By helping to push India’s massive construction market forward, it hopes to mainstream green buildings to help counter climate change.[read more]

Modi Launches India's Smart Cities and Housing for All Initiatives

Ahmedabad – beacon of smart development

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launches the government’s ambitious Smart Cities initiative, which aims to tackle key issues resulting from India’s rapid urbanization. In addition, the ‘Atal Mission’ and ‘Housing for All by 2022’ will also be announced.[read more]

Four Months to Dream Up a Smart City Plan for Mumbai

From slumdogs to smart canines?

How can Mumbai become a Smart City that the nation is proud of? The recently published Draft Development Plan (DP) for Mumbai was so poorly received by various stakeholders that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped it and it has to be reworked in just four months.[read more]

Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative

Safety in Comics

India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take on a daily basis.[read more]

Friday Fun: Lessons and Innovations from India's Temporary City, the Kumbh Mela

Temporary City in India

 

In January, 2013, a city emerged on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers in Allahabad, India. From January 14 to March 10, as many as 34 million people are estimated to have passed through the festival, which occupies an area larger than that of Athens, Greece.[read more]

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully?

Urbanization in India

India will be one of the last major countries in the world to experience the urbanization of its population. In 2010, 31 percent of India’s people lived in its cities. By 2030, this is expected to rise to 40 percent. This means that an additional 220 million people will move to cities across the country.[read more]

Public Health and the Road to Safety

February 25, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Urban Traffic Safety Planning

As Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: India has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with around 10 percent of the world's road traffic fatalities in 2013.[read more]

Why India Needs Open Data for Better Urban Mobility

February 23, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

India Data Policy and Mobility Support

India’s new initiative to create smart cities across the country has brought to light the need for open and accessible data. Open data has the potential to spark innovation, encourage private and public collaboration, and make moving in cities more comfortable, cost effective, and convenient for all.[read more]

The Two Things India Must Get Right for its Economic Future

February 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

India Economic Planning

Taking even a quick look at India’s current pattern of growth, it’s not hard to see both the rising energy insecurity and the stress that cities across the country are experiencing. Congestion, urban sprawl, and poor access to reliable energy are daunting challenges to the development of the country.[read more]

How to Enable Safer Access to Mass Transit in Indian Cities

Transportation and Safe Access in India

 

To help planners and city leaders, EMBARQ, part of the Sustainable Cities program of the World Resources Institute in India, has developed the Safe Access Manual: Safe Access to Mass Transit Stations in Indian Cities.[read more]

What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

India and Smart Urbanism

In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build smart cities across the country. To make the most of this push for smarter cities, city and national leaders need to plan a comprehensive urbanization strategy. But what will this entail?[read more]

The Rise of Technology-Enabled Taxis in Indian Cities: A Q&A with OLA's Arvind Singhatiya

Tech-Enabled Taxis in India

 

New mobile technologies are helping transform mobility services in cities worldwide, including across India. EMBARQ India interviewed Arvind Singhatiya, Vice President for Corporate Affairs at OLA, to better understand how mobile technologies are helping to meet growing demand for urban mobility in India.[read more]