Zumba on the streets: A new trend in Indian cities?
by Navya P K on September 18, 2017 at 4:13 am
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. » […]
Mandatory segregation? Great idea, but how can we implement it?
by Meenakshi Ramesh on September 15, 2017 at 4:19 am
The reported move of the GCC to make segregation at source mandatory is music to the ears of many waste champions in the city, but they know that a lot more needs to be done to make the mission a success on a city-wide scale. » […]
The story of a Gurgaon community that has kept 50000 kilos of waste away from the landfill
by Monika Khanna Gulati on September 13, 2017 at 8:33 am
In just nine months, waste segregation by residents of the gated Nirvana Country community has achieved the above, and yielded five tons of compost. What does it really take to go green? » […]
The man who introduced Chennai to waste segregation, much before anyone else
by Akshatha M on September 8, 2017 at 6:03 am
Long before Indian cities began to talk about segregation and composting, Chennai as a city had successfully experimented with it, thanks to the unique Exnora initiative. But how did the movement wane? Akshatha M chats with M B Nirmal, the visionary founder of Exnora. » […]
When Gurugram citizens took charge of cleaning a stormwater drain
by Latika Thukral on September 6, 2017 at 8:58 am
Solving many of our everyday civic issues does not involve rocket science; all it takes is for citizens and administration to work together, as the successful cleaning of this Gurgaon stormwater drain shows. » […]
Pilot redesign of Mumbai’s Nagpada junction shows the way for busy intersections
by Amit Bhatt on September 1, 2017 at 4:54 am
The new design by WRI India, implemented on a temporary basis, intends to change the current approach of designing intersections – from one that prioritises motor vehicles to one that considers all road users. » […]
Behind Mumbai’s darkest clouds, the silver lining: The human spirit!
by Tejaswini Patwardhan on August 30, 2017 at 8:16 am
A city is not about all that crashes and crumbles. A city is what people make it. This was perhaps the most important among the many lessons learnt by this citizen on the day that Mumbai went under water. » […]
Kotturpuram schoolkids’ mural on school wall is much more than a work of art
by Akshatha M on August 30, 2017 at 5:00 am
Students of the AMM Matriculation HS School in Kotturpuram were tired of the political posters that made their compound wall an eyesore, till a group of art-loving students decided to take matters in their hands. And look at the results! » […]
How will Chennai cope if the water crisis continues?
by Akshatha M on August 28, 2017 at 9:14 am
Chennai has just about survived the scantiest north-east monsoon in 140 years, and the worst-ever water situation in the last 14 years. Akshatha M finds out about the CMWSSB’s contingency plans for the coming season. » […]
What does the Corporation achieve by continually changing street names?
by V Sriram on August 23, 2017 at 4:48 am
A street name that has been around for centuries becomes an integral part of local history; changing it for cosmetic reasons or short term posturing serves little purpose, writes blogger and historian V Sriram. » […]
How Satta Panchayat Iyakkam delivers hope for Chennaiites every Saturday
by Akshatha M on August 21, 2017 at 8:23 am
For five years, the NGO’s weekly grievance redressal camps have been effectively assisting ordinary citizens to address and solve problems pertaining to a range of issues, from property disputes to police inaction. » […]
Chennai to focus on overall service parameters in new SWM contract: GCC Commissioner
by Akshatha M on August 18, 2017 at 2:58 am
Under new system, contractor payments will be based not on quantity alone but on more holistic indicators such as segregation, collection and cleanliness of bins and streets, says Commissioner D Karthikeyan in a freewheeling chat with Akshatha M. » […]
Legal battles looming as Chennai plans to regularise 10000 buildings
by Akshatha M on August 14, 2017 at 8:31 am
Under guidelines issued by the Urban Development Department, all unauthorised buildings built before July 1 2007 can be regularised upon payment of a penalty. » […]