“Pushing for declaration”

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Shared by Transparent Chennai- an action-research group housed at the Institute for Financial Management and Research that works on neglected issues in the city (Cross posted from the Transparent Chennai blog: www.transparentchennai.com/blog/)    On July 21, 2012, the Transparent Chennai team kickstarted our work on slums and informal settlements with a workshop on slum history. We had nearly […]

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Bhuvan – a catalyst for transformation of urban poor landscape?!

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Shared by SPARC Recently the Master Planning of 7,935 towns and cities in India – of which to date 24% have master plans has been promoted to be guided by the ‘Bhuvan’ Portal of National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) (In reference to: http://postnoon.com/2012/08/01/nuis-to-help-transform-the-landscape-of-urban-india/63123 ) National Urban Information System (NUIS) is making available detailed satellite image maps of these […]

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Counterproductive ‘Housing for all’ development agenda??!!

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Just read an interesting article which forces us to rethink our ‘Global Development Agenda’ and questions whether the ‘housing for all/ slum free cities’ are really valid approaches or rather are these just missing the bull’s-eye. Terraurban takes you through some excerpts of the article here: The global urban agenda must focus on employment and […]

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Affordable housing in India

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Here is an interesting article which traces the ‘choices’ for ‘urban poor’ homes in India – Homes no bigger than a bus. The article takes one through the present real estate market and where does housing for urban poor finds a place in the same. Some of the excerpts from the article are: “Yeh kamra […]

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Easier to dial than to flush! —Har Hath Mein Phone

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Shared by Nidhi S. Batra In what could turn out to be its calling card for the 2014 general elections, the government is finalizing a Rs 7,000 crore —Har Hath Mein Phone—scheme to give one mobile phone to every family living below the poverty line. The scheme planned to empower the poor is likely to […]

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The Urban Future and Prosperity of the City

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As the world builds and consolidates the foundation of the urban future, urgent steps are required to rectify past imperfections by recognizing fully that development is an evolutionary assignment that cannot be entirely resolved in one decade and by one agency acting alone. The Sixth Session of the World Urban Forum will be held in […]

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8 states replicate MP’s Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act

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The objective with which the Madhya Pradesh Government had implemented Public Service Delivery Guarantee Act seems to be moving towards its fulfillment with eight states replicating it. The eight states which have replicated the Act are Bihar, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. Not only the states, even the Union […]

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