Delhi Development Authority (DDA) releases Draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041

What is the News? Draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041 has been released in the public domain by Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Suggestions and objections have been invited from the public. About Draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041: Draft Master Plan for Delhi has been prepared by Delhi Development Authority(DDA) in partnership with the National Institute of… Continue reading Delhi Development Authority (DDA) releases Draft Master Plan for Delhi-2041

Govt launches “Eatsmart Cities Challenge” and “Transport 4 All Challenge”

What is the News? The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the EatSmart Cities Challenge and Transport 4 All Challenge. About EatSmart Cities Challenge: EatSmart Cities Challenge is organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The challenge is organised in association with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) under… Continue reading Govt launches “Eatsmart Cities Challenge” and “Transport 4 All Challenge”

“ITCN Training Programme” Launched

What is the News? National Institute of Urban Affairs(NIUA) in partnership with Bernard van Leer Foundation(BvLF) has launched the “Infant Toddler and Caregiver-friendly Neighbourhoods (ITCN) Training and Capacity Building Programme”. About the ITCN Programme: The ITCN Programme is designed to build capacities of city officials and young professionals. It is for developing neighbourhoods within Indian… Continue reading “ITCN Training Programme” Launched

“Miyawaki method” to create dense green patches

What is the News? Bombay Municipal Corporation(BMC) has been using the Miyawaki method to create tiny urban forests in the Metropolitan areas of Mumbai. What is the Miyawaki Method? Miyawaki is an afforestation method based on the work of Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki in the 1980s. Process of Miyawaki Method: Initially, native trees of the… Continue reading “Miyawaki method” to create dense green patches

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Releases “Municipal Performance Index (MPI)”

What is the news? The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs releases the rankings of the Municipal Performance Index(MPI) 2020. About Municipal Performance Index(MPI), 2020: It is a framework to assess and analyze the performance of Indian Municipalities. Performance is evaluated based on their defined set of functions. It provides citizens with a better understanding… Continue reading Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Releases “Municipal Performance Index (MPI)”

“Ease of Living Index, 2020” released

What is the news? The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs releases the rankings of the Ease of Living Index (EoLI) 2020. About Ease of Living Index,2020: Developed by: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in 2018. It is an assessment tool. By this tool, quality of life and the impact of various initiatives on… Continue reading “Ease of Living Index, 2020” released

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches “City Innovation Exchange(CiX)”

What is the News? The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches the City Innovation exchange(CiX) platform. About City Innovation exchange(CiX) Platform: The platform aims to connect cities to innovators. It will help to design innovative solutions for pressing urban challenges. The platform is built on the philosophy of ‘everyone is an innovator’. The Smart… Continue reading Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches “City Innovation Exchange(CiX)”

NITI Aayog’s “draft national policy on migrant workers”?

What is the News? NITI Aayog has prepared a Draft National policy on Migrant workers. Issues with the Existing Law on Migrants: Inter-State Migrant Workers Act, 1979 It was designed to protect labourers from exploitation by contractors. It safeguards their right to non-discriminatory wages, travel and displacement allowances, and suitable working conditions. However, this law… Continue reading NITI Aayog’s “draft national policy on migrant workers”?

100% tap water connections to schools under “100-day Special Campaign”

What is the news? Telangana has achieved 100% tap water connections to all schools and Angan Wadi Centres (AWCs) under 100 day Special Campaign. The other states like Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Haryana and Tamil Nadu, also achieved this target. Centre’s 100-day Special Campaign: On 2nd October 2020, Ministry of Jal Shakti had launched… Continue reading 100% tap water connections to schools under “100-day Special Campaign”

Govt announces “Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge”

What is the news? The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs shortlisted 25 cities for the ‘Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge’. This challenge is covered under the Smart Cities Mission. About Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge It is a three-year initiative hosted by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in collaboration with the Bernard van… Continue reading Govt announces “Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge”

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches Pilot “Pey Jal Survekshan”

What is the News? The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched a  Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan. About Pey Jal Survekshan It is a drinking water survey launched in 10 cities under Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban). Ministry: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Purpose: It will ascertain the equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater… Continue reading Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches Pilot “Pey Jal Survekshan”

Urban Mass transport needs policy reform

Source: The Hindu Gs2: Devolution of Powers and Finances up to Local Levels and Challenges Therein. Synopsis:  The Budget allocation for improving Urban Mass transport is welcome. Yet much is needed to be done to achieve inclusive urbanisation. Background: In the recent budget, Finance Minister announced fund allocation for improving the Urban mass transport system.… Continue reading Urban Mass transport needs policy reform

“Jal Jeevan Mission” to revive urban water bodies

What is the News? In the Budget 2021-22, the Government has announced the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission(Urban). About Jal Jeevan Mission(Urban): Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs Objective: To provide universal coverage of water supply to all households in all 4,378 statutory towns, through functional taps. Duration: The duration of the mission… Continue reading “Jal Jeevan Mission” to revive urban water bodies

Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0 and Jal Jeevan Mission

What is the News? The Finance Minister launched Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0 along with Jal Jeevan Mission(urban). Swachh Bharat Mission Urban Launched in: It was launched in 2014 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 1.0: The focus of the mission was to make urban India open defecation free… Continue reading Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0 and Jal Jeevan Mission

NITI Aayog’s “Megacity plan for Little Andaman”

What is the News? Niti Aayog has released a  megacity plan for Little Andaman. The plan is a part of its Vision Document titled “Sustainable Development of Little Andaman Island”. Facts: Aim: To leverage the strategic location and natural features of the Little Andaman island. A new greenfield coastal city will be developed as a… Continue reading NITI Aayog’s “Megacity plan for Little Andaman”

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

Why in News? According to Government data, a total of 1.1 crore houses has been approved under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), of which more than 70 lakh houses are under various stages of construction and more than 41 lakh houses have been completed. Facts: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Urban): It was launched by the Ministry… Continue reading Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

WEF’s “Indian Cities in the Post-pandemic world” report mentions cities critical role in post-covid India

News: World Economic Forum(WEF) has released a report titled “Indian Cities in the Post-Pandemic World”. Facts: About the report: The report has been produced in collaboration with IDFC Institute, Mumbai. It compiles insights from leading global and Indian urban experts across seven thematic pillars— planning, housing, transport, environment, public health, gender and vulnerable populations. Purpose:… Continue reading WEF’s “Indian Cities in the Post-pandemic world” report mentions cities critical role in post-covid India

Urban Governance Index 2020

Source : Click here News: The Urban Governance Index 2020 has been released. Facts: Published by: The index has been published by Praja Foundation, a Mumbai-based think tank. Purpose: The index ranks states to indicate where they stand in terms of real empowerment of grassroot democracy and local self government. Themes: The ranking is based on these main themes—… Continue reading Urban Governance Index 2020

Urban Quality of Life Index

Source: Click Here News: IIT-Bombay researchers have released an Urban Quality of Life Index. Facts: About the Index: The index has compared the quality of life in various cities in India and ranked them on the basis of various categories such as water, power, electricity, literacy rate, employment rate among others. For the first time, the index has… Continue reading Urban Quality of Life Index

Urban planning

Context- A radical shift is needed in our approach towards disaster mitigation and management. Government can handle cyclones better by investing in town planning and infrastructure. What are the reasons of no major casualty or lesser destruction by cyclone Nivar? Cyclone Nivar- It is the fourth cyclone that has taken shape in the North Indian Ocean region this year.… Continue reading Urban planning

Urbanisation and pandemic

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a reimagining of urban planning and development to make cities and towns healthy and liveable after COVID-19. More on news: PM emphasised resetting the mindset, processes and practices for safe urban living, and acknowledged that governments actually do little for the working millions at the Bloomberg New Economy… Continue reading Urbanisation and pandemic