• Taxis operators and aggregators discuss the City Taxi Scheme 2015

    On October 31, 2015 WRI India India Sustainable Cities hosted a roundtable that provided a forum for various stakeholders in the Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) Sector to comment on the new City Taxi Scheme 2015. This new policy, submitted in October, was drafted by the Maharashtra state to create a level playing field for black-and-yellow taxis, taxis fleets and aggregators. The scheme proposed that online taxi aggregators such as Uber, Ola, and TaxiForSure be regulated under the Motor Vehicles Act.

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  • PARIS (December 2, 2015) – The 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative today announced new signatories to the 10% Resilience Pledge, with a total of 19 mayors and city leaders committing to dedicate 10 percent of their city's annual budget toward resilience-building activities throughout their term in office. The announcement was made during the Jumpstarting Resilience in Urban Areas event at COP21, co-organized by the World Resources Institute.
     

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  • Local officials met to identify strategic interventions for managing land use, transport and accessibility

    WRI India and V Ravichandar, the Chairman and Managing Director of Feedback Business Consulting Services Pvt. Ltd., hosted a meeting with Bangalore city officials Karnataka Chief Minister, S Siddaramiah, and Minister for Bangalore Development and Town Planning, KJ George on November 17th, 2015. The forum, held in Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore convened local decision makers to discuss strategies for addressing the urban mobility challenges faced by the city.

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  • Madhav Pai recognised for providing leadership towards creating safe, accessible and attractive urban mobility solutions to improve quality of life in cities

    Madhav Pai, India Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has won the Sustainability Trailblazer 2015 Award at the Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Awards held in New Delhi on Thursday, 15 October 2015. The Parivartan Awards were instituted by Sustainability Outlook aimed to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated comprehensive business leadership in sustainability.

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  • EMBARQ | WRI India conducted a Safe Access Workshop in Kochi on September 18 in collaboration with Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL), CODATU and ICLEI. As Kochi City builds a new Metro Rail system, KMRL has been keenly engaged with stakeholders in and around station areas and across the city to identify critical issues and provide integrated mobility solutions. 

    Prior to the workshop EMBARQ | WRI India staff (Himadri Das, Sahana Goswami, Rajeev Malagi and Kanika Jindal) also spent 2 days photo and video documenting the project sites. 

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  • Advisory Group will help guide our strategy for creating deep, long-term impact in cities worldwide

    On September 23, 2015 the Advisory Group to WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities convened for an inaugural meeting in New York City. The Advisory Group is comprised of globally recognized city leaders, prominent experts and academics in the field of sustainable cities, and business leaders who are making a difference in urban sustainability.

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  • EMBARQ India in association with JP Research Pvt. Ltd. compiled an accident data coding form in order to capture accident data in such a way that it could aid scientific analyses, thereby improving road safety.

    On 6-7 July 2015, EMBARQ India’sroad safety experts organised a workshop for the Gurgaon Police best practices of road accident data collection. The workshop had two objectives. First, documenting and understanding the road accident recording process in the context of Gurgaon; and secondly, evaluating the data for completeness, accuracy and objectivity.

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  • Guide for urban planners and policymakers details specific design elements with examples from Tokyo, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Istanbul, New York, Paris and more.

    WASHINGTON (JULY 23, 2015) — A new report, Cities Safer by Design, offers practical guidance for designing safer streets and communities that can reduce traffic fatalities and improve people’s lives. More than 1.3 million people are killed in traffic crashes worldwide, making traffic fatalities one of the leading causes of death in cities, especially in developing countries. Children, elderly, and poor people are particularly vulnerable.

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  • Talking Transit, EMBARQ India’s bi-annual workshop for city bus transport agencies, was held on 2-3 July 2015, bringing together national experts to design a new bus service for the city of Gurgaon.

    “When we plan a city, the plans are usually restricted to land-use. But we need to move beyond land-use. What’s more important is how to move people”, said Vikas Gupta (IAS) Municipal Commissioner, Gurgaon speaking at the opening session of Talking Transit, highlighting the importance of public transport within city planning. He also added that it is important to build sensitivity around what is good, sustainable transport in order to increase ridership and reduce dependence on private vehicles.

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  • By Divya Kottadiel

    The 100 Smart Cities Programme initiated by the Government of India is gaining momentum. The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has created a sectional committee under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) in order to develop a formal process of preparing, issuing and implementing standards that will govern the 100 Smart Cities Programme. On Friday, 22 May 2015, the committee held its first meeting under the chairmanship of Dr. Sudhir Krishna, IAS, Former Secretary – Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and Chairman of the Smart Cities Sectional Committee.

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