Wetland plan gathers dust – Times of India

The Times of India report

The Bidhannagar Municipality had last year proposed that the state tourism department develop the 20-sqkm wetland area almost twice the size of Salt Lake falling under its jurisdiction as an eco-tourism centre. However, no initiative has been taken since then to take the plan forward. The proposal had come in the wake of promoters allegedly trying to construct buildings in parts of the wetlands.

SOURCE: Times of India – Wetland plan gathers dust

India looking to the past and future urban planning to solve monsoon problems

Over the last few days there have been a few articles and news reports about the state of urban planning in India. The catalyst for this buzz is the monsoon rains that hit India over the last week. We have collated the articles in to one summary post for our readers. – Damian Holmes

NDMA blames 50 years of bad planning for Delhi deluge

As the national capital continues to cope with the after-effects of heavy showers with some places still waterlogged, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) says five decades of bad planning was responsible for Delhi coming to a virtual standstill on that rained out Monday three days ago.

SOURCE: sifynews.com – NDMA blames 50 years of bad planning for Delhi deluge

Listen to two planning experts give their view on the issue at livemint.com

Just to Clarify welcomes two guests. Professor Usha Raghupathi, from the National Institute of Urban Affairs, has a domain of expertise that includes urban development management, infrastructure and services, and urban reforms. A Srivatsan is a Chennai-based urban planning expert.

SOURCE: Livemint & WSJ – Why do the rains wreck Indian cities?

14 firms shortlisted for city makeover – Times of India

Ashley D’Mello of Times of India reprots

MUMBAI: The dream to re-mould the city and its surroundings into a cleaner, greener and a hi-tech metropolis is firming up with the state shortlisting 14 international firms out of 39 that had expressed interest in the project.

Among the consultants shortlisted are Jurong Consultants, Singapore, Lea International, Canada, Urbis, Dubai, Calthrope Associates USA, Groupe SCE,France, Gensler,USA, ILFS and Perkins Eastman, US, Arup Consultants with Domnique Perrault (France), Atonk International/Edsa, US, Buro Happold, London, Maxwan Arehelt, Rotterdam, GFB, Germany, and Consulting Engineering Services, India.

SOURCE: Times of India – 14 firms shortlisted for city makeover

Rebuilding cities – Down To Earth magazine

Down To Earth magazine has published a great article by Yogesh Saaji & Jonathan Smulian (Wallace Roberts and Todd) about the urban renewal in Indian cities:

Contrasts in living standards in India make it imperative that urban planning ensures equitable distribution of employment avenues, housing and basic infrastructure. Affordable transport systems facilitating convenient access from homes to workplaces are as critical as educational, commercial, and recreational opportunities.

read the full article at the SOURCE: Down To Earth magazine – Rebuilding cities
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As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

Inspired by the 2005 floods, Dilip da Cunha and his wife, Anuradha Mathur, who teach design and landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, have spent the last two and a half years studying Mumbai and its uneasy relationship with water. They recently released their findings and 12 proposals for making the city more resilient to floods in the form of a museum exhibit and a book, both titled “Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary.”

read the full article at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer

Also visit the website Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

Purchase the Book(USD$125) – Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

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