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Shivani Singh leads the Delhi Metro team for Hindustan Times. A journalist for two decades, she writes about cities and urban concerns. She has reported extensively on issues of governance, administrative and social reforms, and education.

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Urban planning must focus on land for public purposes: Author Vidyadhar Phatak

Phatak’s book argues that planners should not prescribe population densities in cities; that, as believed, the market does not “faithfully” follow development plans

Vidyadhar Phatak has boldly questioned the axioms of a good city in his new book, Planning for India’s Urbanisation. (HT photo sourced)
Published on May 22, 2024 12:38 PM IST

Learning the way of the water holds the key to decluttering city traffic

Water transport lost favour as roads and bridges made travel faster. But that is not the case anymore. Now, waterways offer parallel routes to many destinations

The Kochi water metro (Twitter/CMOKerala)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 11:38 AM IST

Contrary to popular narrative, India not urbanising rapidly: OP Mathur

According to Mathur, rural-to-urban migration in India is low compared to other countries because the languages, religions and habits differ.

Om Prakash Mathur is Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress (CSEP) Research Foundation and Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute, University of Toronto. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 10:53 PM IST

We can’t air-condition our way out of global heating problem: UN heat officer

In 2022, the two organisations announced a collaboration and created this position to mainstream heat response and resilience-building actions in cities worldwide

Eleni Myrivili, the first global chief heat officer for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and senior advisor to the US-based Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre. (HT)
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 05:56 AM IST

‘BRT works when it provides efficient service and end-to-end connectivity’

Shivanand Swamy, professor emeritus at the centre of excellence in urban transport at CEPT University, bats for the BRT in Indian cities

Delhi dismantled its lone BRT corridor in 2016. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 05:45 PM IST

‘Cities at centre of climate discussion for first time’

Interview with Shruti Narayan, regional director, South and West Asia, at C40 Cities, following the recently held Conference of the Parties (COP)

Shruti Narayan, regional director, South and West Asia, at C40 Cities. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 24, 2023 10:50 PM IST

‘Easiest way to control urban flooding is giving water more space’: Prof

Peking University professor Kongjian Yu says sponge city is a model based on the regulation of stormwater adaptation to the monsoon.

Parts of Delhi were flooded this monsoon, with the Yamuna forcefully reclaiming some of the territory it lost to hyper-urbanisation. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 12:53 AM IST

Cities must transform to gain from reform push, finds report

The Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems: Shaping India’s Urban Agenda noted that urbanisation in India is outpacing outlays in civic spending

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri launching the ASICS report in Delhi on Tuesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 18, 2023 05:30 AM IST

India is urbanising faster than the cities can catch up: Janaagraha ASICS report

The ASICS report said development authorities and not city governments were leading devolution process except Mumbai, where the mayor serves in planning committee

Commuters rush towards the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station at dusk in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday (Bloomberg File)
Updated on Oct 17, 2023 09:32 PM IST

‘Increase investments to address infra deficit, achieve sustainable development’

CDRI has made a strong case for enhanced investments in systems and structures that can withstand natural hazards and climate change-induced disasters

Police, SDRF, ITBP, and army personal during rescue operations in Shimla on August 14. (Deepak Sansta/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 15, 2023 05:48 PM IST

'If you wait till everyone owns cars, they'll vote against road-pricing'

Walter Theseira, of the Singapore University of Social Science, says if congestion charges are adequate, driving a car will be a choice rather than a necessity.

Congestion on Bengaluru's Outer Ring Road on September 27.(MTF_Mobility)
Published on Oct 01, 2023 06:37 PM IST

Road ahead for gridlocked Bengaluru: Congestion pricing or parking reform?

Cities such as Singapore, London and Stockholm that have imposed congestion pricing have demonstrated the complexities the exercise involves

Vehicles stranded in a massive traffic congestion in Outer Ring Road corridor in Bengaluru on September 27, 2023.(Mahadevapura Task Force Mobility/ X)
Published on Sep 28, 2023 02:01 PM IST

‘India is the country that will benefit most from parking reforms’

Indian cities have some of the most valuable land on earth. Yet it’s free if you bring a car. And if you don’t have a car, you get nothing, says Donald Shoup

Donald Shoup is a professor of urban planning at University of California, Los Angeles, and globally, one of the foremost advocates of parking reforms. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 05:06 PM IST

‘Indian cities need diversity in housing stock, more open space’

Master plans in Indian cities have not paid attention to the urban economy aspect, says UN Habitat’s Parul Agarwala

Singapore or Hong Kong are not just high-rises. They have a high-density core, commercial areas, and high-rise apartments, which cater to a population that likes that lifestyle.In the periphery, there are bungalows with front yards and backyards. Indian cities, like Gurugram (above) need to do the same. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 09:22 PM IST

Global climate finance key for cities to battle climate crisis: Kevin Austin

Kevin Austin of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group emphasised the need for data, political will, and technical capacity building to support climate action

Kevin Austin is the deputy executive director at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group -- a network of 100 international cities and one of the global conveners of Urban-20.
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 05:58 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Public transit not judged by efficiency, but by how many use it: OP Agarwal

Retired IAS officer and former CEO of World Resources Institute (India) OP Agarwal speaks about issues plaguing urban transport, among other concerns

Agarwal said smaller cities haven’t got much attention regarding transport planning. (Twitter | OP Agarwal)
Updated on Jul 17, 2023 11:10 AM IST

Yamuna back to reclaim its floodplain in Delhi

Experts say that even temporary construction on the floodplain can destroy the local ecology and restrict the natural flow of water

A flooded Red Fort area on Thursday. (Reuters)
Updated on Jul 14, 2023 02:19 PM IST

'Climate crisis not only urban, but also rural and developmental': IIHS director

Aromar Revi, director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, says climate change will trigger water and food crises.

Aromar Revi, director of the Bengaluru-based Indian Institute for Human Settlements and a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Updated on May 29, 2023 05:39 PM IST

Success in transport lies in buses, says Shashi Verma

Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL, talked to HT about the key issues in transport planning for urban centres, big and small.

Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 13, 2023 12:36 AM IST

Metro Matters | Delhi’s pedestrianisation projects deserve another push

Ensuring walkability in a car-crazy city is no easy task. It requires a consolidated effort to ensure proper implementation, maintenance and scaling up of pedestrian projects

The projects at Ajmal Khan Road and Chandni Chowk — two of the oldest and the most congested shopping streets in Delhi — created hope that more markets would be inspired to go motor vehicle-free. (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 19, 2022 03:17 PM IST

Metro Matters | In Delhi, creating open spaces for every neighbourhood

Nearly one-fourth of Delhi is green, but it has to find ways to ensure a more equitable distribution of open areas for residents to have access to quality outdoor spaces locally

Indeed, Delhi is quite green for a tightly packed metropolis. (Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 24, 2022 02:23 PM IST

Metro Matters | The need to declutter Delhi

Time agencies and communities came together to enforce parking rules and declutter Delhi

While most other Indian cities would struggle with where to start, Delhi already has a roadmap in place(HT Archive)
Published on Jan 07, 2022 01:38 PM IST

Metro Matters | Needed: Systemic changes to prevent air emergencies in Delhi-NCR

Temporary measures, experts say, are meant to prevent any further build-up in the air pollution levels and only buy time for the wind to pick up

Fundamentally, air pollution cannot be brushed off as a seasonal woe where the union and state governments only begin to react after the winter smog starts setting in (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 15, 2021 01:55 PM IST

Metro Matters | To defeat dengue, Delhi needs a multipronged approach

The disease burden can be reduced with disciplined urbanisation, provision of basic amenities, public participation and sustained prevention mechanisms

Rainfall, humidity and temperature determine dengue transmission dynamics not just in Delhi but all across the world where the disease is endemic (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 04:13 PM IST

Delhi’s pollution action plan stuck in fine print and protocol, needs relook

Experts said these protocols need a relook to make pollution control measures pre-emptive and not reactive as they are now.

A worker sprays water on trees as part of efforts to curb air pollution, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 04:52 AM IST
By, , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Metro Matters | Delhi must make reduce, reuse fashionable again

Reduce, repair and reuse are not alien concepts. These are traditional practices that just need refurbishing to make them fashionable again

Resource efficiency itself comes with multiple benefits. According to the 2019 draft national policy, it saves cost by reducing material use, reduces social conflicts due to mining, increases job opportunities and reduces climate change and environmental degradation. (Ravi Choudhary/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 12:03 PM IST

Metro Matters | Green infra is the health insurance Delhi needs

It took extreme rain to offer relief from Delhi’s high pollution in Delhi. But two wrongs do not make a right and the capital must act now to safeguard against these human-induced threats

Controlling farm fires and baseline local pollution will still require combined administrative action and citizen participation from Delhi and its neighbouring states (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 08:03 PM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi Master Plan 2041: People, processes, accountability key to implementation

A plan is only as good as its execution. Here is how to ensure that MPD-2041 does not meet the fate of its three predecessors, which mostly remained on paper

Representational image. (HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 06, 2021 06:34 PM IST

Delhi Master Plans: The price of under-implementation since 1962

The capital’s long wait continues as unrealised provisions keep resurfacing in successive plans over six decades

DDA, the primary landowner and developer of the city, has not been able to provide enough affordable housing. A large number of people has settled for homes in unplanned unauthorised colonies built in violation of zoning regulations, mostly on land meant for agricultural use. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Archive)
Updated on Aug 04, 2021 05:55 PM IST

Delhi lost over 300 trees in three weeks. Experts explain what needs to be done

Officials and experts HT spoke to pointed at a range of factors, from the rampaging winds to poor canopy management and weakened roots that brought down so many trees

Amaltas trees in full bloom in Dwarka, New Delhi, on May 26. (Shivam Saxena/HT photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2021 07:48 AM IST
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