• The Neighbourhood Improvement Partnership Challenge was announced to encourage a participatory process to resolve key issues relating to transport, safety, energy conservation, waste management, public health, and sanitation

    Citizens for the City, a sustainable urbanisation initiative was launched by United Technologies Corporation (UTC), in partnership with EMBARQ India, Centre for Public Problem Solving, BBMP, BPAC, and United Way of Bengaluru. As part of this initiative, the Neighbourhood Improvement Partnership Challenge was announced, encouraging citizens’ groups to engage in a participatory process to resolve key issues relating to transport, safety, energy conservation, waste management, public health, and sanitation.

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  • Building Smart Cities for Sustainable Development in India

    Leading India’s discourse on Smart Cities for Sustainable Development, CONNECTKaro 2015, was held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on 15 and 16 April, 2015. CONNECTKaro is the annual flagship event of EMBARQ India, the sustainable transport initiative of the World Resources Institute, which has been engaged with over 15 cities in India on infrastructure and public transport projects, helping cities make sustainable transport a reality.

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  • by Madhav Pai and Bharath Jairaj

    If one looks at the way India is currently growing, it is hard not to see the stress on cities and the rising energy insecurity. Congestion, urban sprawl and poor access to reliable energy make for daunting challenges to the development of the country. Course corrective measures, which focus on compact and connected cities that use more renewable energy and plan for universal energy access, are going to be needed right away for economic growth to enhance human well-being.
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  • By Madhav Pai

    As Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: India has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with around 1,37,423 road traffic fatalities in 2013. This makes up about 10 per cent of road crash fatalities worldwide. In absolute numbers, more people die in road crashes in India than anywhere else in the world.

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  • WRI India welcomes investment in Road Safety

    Today, Michael Bloomberg, ex-Mayor of New York City, at a meeting with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies would invest in Mumbai – along with nine other cities worldwide – to  help develop road safety.

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  • EMBARQ India organised its 6th Talking Transit workshop on 10th and 11th November in Bhopal on ‘Integrated Transport Services’. This workshop series, an initiative of the Bus Karo programme, is supported by a grant from the FedEx Corporation. Over 80 people from 16 cities attended the two-day workshop, organised in partnership with Bhopal City Link Limited. The sessions were was focused on the strategies adopted for planning, design and operation of integrated transport services, using the city of Bhopal as a case study.

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  • Equal Streets, Mumbai’s open streets citizens movement, was launched yesterday by EMBARQ India, the Mumbai Police, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai with support from the Times of India. Over 15,000 people came out of their homes at 7 am on Sunday morning to take back the streets. The 6.5 km loop on SV Road, Linking Road and a part of Juhu Road saw a range of activities including yoga, aerobics, cross-fit, Zumba and cycling.

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  • Local municipal corporation has started work on laying the first cycle tracks in the city

    Last week, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) initiated its much-discussed plan of installing cycle tracks in the city of Gurgaon. In this first phase, the tracks will run from Huda City Centre to Golf Course Extension Road, covering an area of 8 km. This is a welcome development for people in the city who have been lobbying for safer streets and better infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.

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  • The Institute of Urban Transport has launched a unique opportunity for the public to interpret and visualize how people work, live and play in urban India through a data visualization challenge. This challenge is being organized in partnership with EMBARQ India, CEPT, SPA, ITDP, GIZ, and Clean Air Asia. Shortlisted visualizations will be displayed at the Urban Mobility India Conference 2014, organized by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, in Delhi from 25 - 28th November 2014.

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  • Raahgiri Day was selected as a distinguished finalist and received an honourable mention at the Parivartan Sustainability Leadership Awards 2014. The awards were announced at the evening plenary of the [Annual Summit of the Sustainable Business Leadership Forum on October 16, 2014 in New Delhi. India’s weekly open streets event, Raahgiri Day, encourages people to live healthier lives by helping them reclaim their streets and become physically active.

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