Explained: How Srinagar earned UNESCO creative tag

What is the news? Recently, UNESCO has selected Srinagar as part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) under the Crafts and Folk Arts category. Srinagar became one of 49 cities worldwide to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). About the inclusion of Srinagar in UCCN The Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO… Continue reading Explained: How Srinagar earned UNESCO creative tag

Burning problem: Fast urbanising India can’t be cavalier on safety & have pathetic fire-fighting infrastructure

News: There is a need to adopt various mechanisms to control fire incidents. There are many loose ends in ensuring the fire safety standards. In 2019 alone, India recorded 10,915 deaths due to fire accidents. Recently, a fire broke out in a hospital in Maharashtra, which led to the loss of 11 lives. Where do… Continue reading Burning problem: Fast urbanising India can’t be cavalier on safety & have pathetic fire-fighting infrastructure

NITI Aayog – UNDP Launch Handbook on Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste for ULB’s

What is the News? NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman has launched the NITI Aayog – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management. What was the need for this handbook? Globally, only about 9% of the total plastic produced gets recycled, about 12% is incinerated and energy is recovered and the rest about… Continue reading NITI Aayog – UNDP Launch Handbook on Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste for ULB’s

Cabinet approves the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation – AMRUT 2.0 till 2025-26

Source: This post is based on the following articles:  “Cabinet approves the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation – AMRUT 2.0 till 2025-26” published in PIB on 12th October 2021. “Cabinet approves AMRUT 2.0” published in Livemint on 13th October 2021. What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the Atal Mission for… Continue reading Cabinet approves the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation – AMRUT 2.0 till 2025-26

Cabinet approves the continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) (SBM U) till 2025-26 for sustainable outcomes

Source: This post is based on the article “Cabinet approves the continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) (SBM U) till 2025-26 for sustainable outcomes” published in PIB on 12th October 2021. What is the News? The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) till 2025-26. What are the objectives of Swachh… Continue reading Cabinet approves the continuation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) (SBM U) till 2025-26 for sustainable outcomes

Why India needs an urbanization policy?

Synopsis: Cities are drivers of economic growth. As India urbanizes, it must ensure that its cities offer a decent quality of life and facilitate job creation. Introduction According to UN projections, from a population of 377 million in 2011, Indian cities are projected to house 870 million people by 2050. However, cities face several challenges… Continue reading Why India needs an urbanization policy?

Cities are taking climate action 

Synopsis: Efforts taken by states to deal with climate change, hurdles in transforming states in to a sustainable urban state and how we can find a solution to deal with the twin challenge of climate change and inclusive development.   Introduction  Recently, Maharashtra’s Environment Minister announced that 43 cities across the State will join the UN-backed ‘Race… Continue reading Cities are taking climate action 

PM launches Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0

What is the news? Prime Minister launched Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0. Both of them will be implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). About the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 The mission would be implemented over five years — from 2021 to 2026. The… Continue reading PM launches Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 and AMRUT 2.0

Urbanisation to blame for Chennai’s flood woes, integrated system need of the hour: Report

What is the news? If timely measures to put in place a flood management system are not taken, Chennai could see a rerun of 2015 floods, says Tamil Nadu government. The state additional chief secretary had filed the report on the action taken by the government with regard to measures to prevent recurrence of flooding.… Continue reading Urbanisation to blame for Chennai’s flood woes, integrated system need of the hour: Report

Why India needs ‘good’ urbanisation

Synopsis: Covid reinforces that good urbanization is our most powerful technology for poverty reduction. Introduction New York City, with just 6% of the population of Russia, has a GDP that is equal to that. Twenty-six of the world’s 33 megacities are in developing countries because their rural areas lack rule of law, infrastructure and productive commerce. This shows… Continue reading Why India needs ‘good’ urbanisation