Planners: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic

At the symposium for the 2035 Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA) perspective plan, an agenda was set for a more holistic development plan, decision makers and planning professionals from Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata urged KMDA to look at the planning process afresh and take a bold approach even if it didn’t fit into the eco-political context of the day. At the end of the daylong deliberation, KMDA chief executive Vivek Bharadwaj was convinced that economy, ecology and governance needed to be embraced for Kolkata to emerge as a metropolis with global aspirations.

Read more: Break the mould and make Kolkata futuristic: Planners – The Times of India

The new urban India

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article – Re-Imagining a New Urban India (subscription) written by Jaydeep Mody and Divya Dwivedi. The article looks at how urbanisation and economic growth go hand in hand and require macro and integrate planning.

Jaydeep Mody writes

Urban centers have the advantage of economies of scale and scope in offering a range of services to the citizenry that are simply uneconomical to provide in the vast rural hinterland……

Divya Dwivedi wrote

The concept of urbanization in India has been mostly oriented towards major cities, leading to the evolution of ‘two Indias’ – the rich urban India and the poor rural India…..

Read more at the [SOURCE: Wall Street Journal – Re-Imagining a New Urban India] (subscription)

Bangalore students to cycle to school

Times of India reports

A group of girls near the busy Old Airport Road in India’s tech hub Bangalore bicycle to school every day as a lifestyle statement – green transport is cool.

Karnataka’s Transport Department is trying to spread this lifestyle statement to reduce congestion in this jammed city. Recently, it organised a Bicycle Eco Rally among school children at Malleswaram Grounds here. Around 200 school

Cyclists constitute 15 percent of the traffic and the organisations promoting cycling are sure more people will take to it if some space is made available to them.

read the full article at the[SOURCE: Times of India – Bangalore kids cycle to school]

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Urban panel will transform the face of our cities – India

Times of India reports

The proposed new urbanization commission and its exciting range of reforms is set to herald urban development in the state in the coming months. There could be simultaneous amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act.

In the draft urban development policy released by the government recently, one of the most important suggestions is to get rid of the many urban development authorities and major functions to be entrusted on the local government body.

read the full article at the SOURCE:Times of India – Urban panel will transform the face of our cities

Delhi lagging behing other cities

The Times of India reports

The Capital has failed to show the way as Delhi is lagging way behind other metros when it comes to execution of path-breaking reforms under Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), aimed at revamping infrastructure and urban governance in cities.

Delhi does figure along with 47 cities, including Chennai, Kolkata and Greater Mumbai, in undertaking revision of building bye-laws for mandatory rainwater harvesting in all buildings. Mumbai, facing huge water crisis specially in summers, has failed to meet this important reform condition.

read more at the SOURCE: The Times of IndiaIn urban reforms, Delhi’s a laggard – India –

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