With poor access and connectivity and glaring infrastructural gaps, the Mangalore Railway Junction station is crying out for attention, but apart from usual election season promises, there has been little action on the front.
In a year of frequent face-offs between hospitals and citizens, the urgent need for regulation of the private medical sector has become obvious, but attempts in West Bengal and Karnataka have not had heartening results.
Even though the National Urban Livelihoods Mission prescribes permanent, 24X7 shelters for the urban homeless, most of our cities can accommodate less than six percent of such population in the official shelter homes.
With a plethora of private, government and individual initiatives, cycle-sharing in India is catching up fast and could offer a greener, non-motorised alternative for short commute. Will Ola’s new service give it a push?
Some 50 Indian cities are looking at existing and proposed metro rail networks to relieve woes related to mobility and congestion. But with the prevailing planning, land use, and connectivity, will that remain a pipe dream?
Emissions from transport constitute one of the primary pollutants leading to the shocking levels of air pollution in the capital region. Reducing this through an overhaul of transportation policy should therefore be top priority.
The unprecedented focus on air quality in the national capital over the last two weeks has been made possible by the access to scientifically validated real-time data, among both citizens and policymakers.