Civic

Zumba on the streets: A new trend in Indian cities?

September 18, 2017 Navya P K 1

From Mumbai to Chennai and Gurugram to Kochi, many Indian cities are hosting car free days when streets or stretches are closed to motorised vehicles and become a stage for recreational events. Here’s a look at these and the thought behind them. »

Government

Subsidised canteens gain ground in Indian cities

August 29, 2017 Navya P K 0

Across India, a number of state as well as non-governmental initiatives are providing low-cost or free meals to the unemployed, the daily wage earner, migrant labour and other sections of the urban poor. How do these function and do they really help the cause? »

Civic

Why India’s clean city rankings need a serious rethink!

June 16, 2017 Navya P K 1

The top ranked cities in the Swachh Survekshan 2017 undertaken by the MoUD do not segregate, process or dispose of their waste scientifically. In the first part of an in-depth study, Navya P K finds that the survey criteria are in conflict with the government’s own SWM policy!
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Environment

How green is my city?

November 17, 2016 Navya P K 1

Open green spaces in the heart of an urban sprawl provide the much needed lung space for its citizens. Most Indian cities, however, have a long way to go before they catch up with global cities on that count, finds Navya P K. »