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Urban Agenda | Five tasks for the new government

India is poised to urbanise at a rapid pace with the United Nations predicting that by 2050 half of the population is set to reside in cities.

Almost half of Indian city dwellers are forced to live in slums. (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 08:00 AM IST

The deadly duo making summers in India’s urban centres unbearable

A study reveals alarming findings about rising humidity and temperatures in six Indian megacities: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Bengaluru.

A man takes shelter under an umbrella during severe heatwave on a hot summer day in New Delhi on May 21, 2024. Indian authorities in the capital have ordered schools shut early for the summer holiday, after temperatures hit 47.4 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) with Delhi gripped by a
Published on Jun 04, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Amid rising mercury, green constructions gain traction

When it comes to mandates, states have been slow to notify and mandate Union government guidelines such as Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)

The building sector is conventionally considered to be resource-intensive and is held responsible for 40% of carbon emissions worldwide. (Vipin Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 03, 2024 05:48 AM IST

In Maps: Your city's flora, fauna and much more

For a city to be liveable, uncontrolled expansion of grey infrastructure is unsustainable especially as the effects of climate change come to the fore

Jammu and Kashmir Natural Asset Map (Credit - ICLEI South Asia)
Published on May 23, 2024 02:30 AM IST

Get your hands dirty: Sewage surveillance is critical for public health in India

Over the years, anti-microbial resistance (AMR) has emerged as a public health threat leading to increased mortality rates.

“Sewage surveillance is essential for knowing the pathogen dynamic in cities.
Published on May 16, 2024 08:30 AM IST

In car-choked Indian cities, parking regulations remain a non-starter

Even though Delhi has one of the world’s largest metro networks and a growing bus fleet, measures have failed to arrest the growth of private vehicle ownership.

The sight of emergency vehicles getting stuck in the web of haphazardly parked cars and drivers breaking into street fights over that elusive vacant spot is common(AP File Photo)
Published on May 08, 2024 08:30 AM IST

District cooling systems possible solution to power consumption

Currently, 12.5% of India’s households have a room air conditioner, but these machines account for 38% of India’s energy consumption, according to the Union power ministry

Currently, room air conditioners account for 38% of India’s energy consumption. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 05:24 AM IST

How new technology is helping plug leaks and reshaping water management in India

With water scarcity gripping Indian cities, recent advancements are revolutionising leak detection. Startups are leading the charge in reducing water wastage

Thane, India - May 09, 2023: Water being wasted due to a water pipeline valve leakage, at Panchpakhadi, near TMC Office, in Thane, India, on Tuesday, May 09, 2023. (Praful Gangurde/HT Photo) (HT PHOTO)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 08:52 PM IST

Cities devise measures to tackle heat

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted above-normal temperatures this summer, and a heatwave streak that may last up to 20 days

Some cities will put up drinking water stations in high footfall areas. (Praful Gangurde/HT photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 04:38 PM IST

Urban agenda | The nuts and bolts of e-bus rollout in India's smaller cities

The PM-eBus Sewa scheme aims to deploy 10,000 electric buses in tier-II and tier-III cities by the end of the year. What's the catch

The Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Transport (KDMT) undertaking added nine new electric buses to its fleet in November 2023. It has a contract of 207 buses from a UK-headquartered group.(HT)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 09:11 PM IST

A case for fast-tracking “lighthouse” housing for the urban poor

Why six projects aimed at providing cheaper flats for the urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana have been beset by delays

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana seeks to provide affordable housing. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:50 AM IST

After 10 years of vending law, are hawkers leading a better life?

Their working lives were legalised 10 years ago and PM SVANidhi addressed their challenges directly in 2020, but are India’s urban street vendors better off?

While street vendors and activists acknowledged the positive impact of this scheme, they said that their livelihoods are far from secure as they continue to be under constant threat of eviction (Photo by Raju Shinde)  
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 11:21 PM IST

SVANidhi scheme proven lifeline for vendors: Modi

As part of the event just ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, 100,000 more loans under the scheme were disbursed on Thursday nationwide

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hands over a cheque to a beneficiary of SVANidhi scheme. (Arvind Yadav/HT)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 01:10 AM IST

Nod for two Metro lines to link south, north Delhi

Unveiling the contours of the project, Union minister Anurag Thakur said at a Cabinet briefing the two lines will significantly improve Delhi residents’ quality of life

The two corridors, likely to be completed by 2029, will be built for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8,399 crore and carry roughly 250,000 people every day, said officials aware of the plan (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 06:40 AM IST

Union Cabinet approves two new Delhi Metro corridors

Union minister Anurag Thakur said that the new Delhi Metro corridors are expected to be completed by 2029 and get a daily ridership of 250,000

The new stations will be both elevated and underground. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 07:18 PM IST

Bengaluru reeling but ranks high in used water management

Bengaluru ranked second in used water management among 500 cities across 10 states, with Surat leading.

Protesters hold empty cans amid the water crisis in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Surat, Bengaluru lead rankings of used water management: CEEW report

The research was limited to AP, C’garh, Guj, Haryana, J’khand, Karnataka, MP, Punjab, Rajasthan, & WB—the 10 states that adopted a treated used water policy.

Nearly dried up Mallathahalli Lake as the city witnesses acute water shortage in Bengaluru. (PTI photo)
Published on Mar 12, 2024 04:30 PM IST

Delhi's World Trade Centre to soon be ready for business

The project, licensed by New York’s World Trade Centre Association (WTCA), has 3.4 million sq ft in commercial area

Delhi’s World Trade Centre will primarily have the offices of private corporations, government departments, and public sector undertakings. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photos)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 11:54 PM IST

Govt announces names of 18 cities to receive funds under CITIIS 2.0 scheme

The cities are Agartala, Agra, Bareilly, Belagavi, Bilaspur, Guwahati, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Madurai, Muzzafarpur, New Town Kolkata, Panaji, Rajkot, Srinagar, T’thapuram, Thanjavur, Udaipur, & Ujjain

Under CITIIS 2.0, cities will implement projects promoting a circular solid waste management economy for the next four years. (@EUAmbIndia | Official X account)
Published on Mar 06, 2024 04:16 PM IST

The whats, whys and hows of India's first city water management competition

How the Union government’s fostering of competition among states and UTs through awards can go a long way in improving water management in India’s urban areas

Cities, states and union territories have been judged based on access, coverage, quality at water treatment plants and households,(AFP)
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Urban Agenda: Hill states move to check unregulated urban development (finally)

Nine hilly states that failed to take up the Centre's incentives for urban planning-informed development get their act together after recent climate disasters

A picturesque view of Shimla town after the fresh spell of snowfall on Thursday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 07:22 PM IST

Three really smart cities and the impact on people’s lives

A look at how three cities have used the Smart Cities funds and turned around two vital projects that have changed the lives of residents for the better

The much-talked-about Chappan Dukan is an area housing 56 eateries (hence the name: on a 200-metre-long road of 30-metre width(Indore Smart City Ltd)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Extend smart cities mission, recommends House panel in report

The panel asked the union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) to handhold cities to complete the projects even after the SCM deadline ends in June 2024

Launched in 2015, SCM aimed to improve the quality of life in urban India through smart solutions. (National portal of India)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 11:46 AM IST

Indian cities planning to be kid-inclusive

Few cities worldwide have implemented play masterplans, with Barcelona, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey notable exceptions

The play masterplan in Jabalpur aims to bring in some structural changes in how the city develops every new piece of infrastructure. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 06:26 AM IST

Interim budget: Govt plans new housing scheme for middle class

The full budget is likely to be announced in July after an administration secures the electoral mandate

MoHUA received a total budgetary allocation of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>77,523.58 crore for 2024-25, nearly 12% more than the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>69,270.72 crore allocated in the revised estimate (RE) of the current financial year. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 05:34 AM IST

FM announces new housing scheme for middle class, 20 million houses in next 5 yrs

Sitharaman said 30 million houses have been built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-rural scheme, and an additional 20 million houses will be built over the next five years

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Twitter/ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 03:46 PM IST

Smart Cities Mission: A SWOT analysis

A look at what the NDA government's flagship programme has managed to achieve in 100 cities across the country — and what still remains to be done

The mission identified 21 sectors in which the 100 smart cities selected projects based on their specific needs. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 09:09 PM IST

Smart Cities Mission: 400 projects in over 10 cities may miss revised deadline

The MoHUA extended for the second time the Smart Cities Mission by a year till June 2024 to complete the pending work after requests from some cities

A total of 100 Smart Cities have been selected through four rounds of competition from January 2016 to June 2018 (Twitter/@SmartCities_HUA)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 08:42 PM IST

Home loan interest subsidy scheme for urban areas in final stages: Puri

The new home loan interest subsidy scheme will replace the discontinued Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), a sub-scheme of PMAY(U)

Hardeep Singh Puri, minister of housing & urban affairs at a news conference at his Akbar Road residence in New Delhi on Friday. (Hindustan Times/Vipin Kumar)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 07:02 PM IST

Indore again named as ‘cleanest city’ in India for seventh time in a row

Swachh Survekshan Awards-2023: The NDMC area was the cleanest city within Union territories while the New Delhi area also ranked third among 35 capital regions

Indore bagged the cleanest city title for the seventh time in a row.(X)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 03:12 PM IST
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