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17 Sep, 2020

As cities look to COVID-19 recovery as a moment to reevaluate business as usual, we should consider how to better meet the special needs of young people in urban spaces. But what exactly is a “child-friendly” city? It is more than providing playgrounds. It is a commitment to improving the lives of children by realizing their human rights as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and considering their needs in public policy processes and decisions.

 

12 Sep, 2020

A research paper authored by Madhav Pai, Executive Director of WRI India Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities and two of his colleagues, research analyst Leona Nunes and senior manager Lubaina Rangwala, states that attention to station design to create more space for distancing will be key. It was recently put up in the public domain by WRI India.

12 Sep, 2020

"There is a dire need of providing healthy water supply to the slum areas of Mumbai amid the current pandemic scenario as water supply is severely irregular, government and civic bodies are required to look into this issue at the earliest," said Rubaina Rangwala, Senior Manager, WRI India.

11 Sep, 2020

Samrat Basak, Director of Urban Water, WRI India highlighted the need of incorporation of a blue green strategy for flood management and importance of collaborative government for maintaining it.

10 Sep, 2020

Urbanist Sahana Goswami, who works at WRI India, suggested that the BBMP move from focusing on grey infrastructure to blue-green solutions. “Our preliminary research has also revealed that the built-up area of the City has gone up by 65 per cent in the last 15 years. But, about 50% of the new development has taken place in the low-lying areas where there are high recharge potentials,” she said.

08 Sep, 2020

दिल्ली, मुंबई, बेंगलुरू, कोलकाता और कोच्चि जैसे महानगरों में मेट्रो अब परिवहन का मुख्य साधन है। अब लखनऊ, जयपुर जैसे टियर-टू शहरों में भी इसका विस्तार हो रहा है लेकिन इन शहरों में यात्रियों की संख्या के लिहाज से मेट्रो सेवा को अपेक्षित सफलता नहीं मिल पाई है।

 

05 Sep, 2020

"The State government must come up with a plan on how bus services can resumed for commuters who do not have access to the Metro. Buses are better than share autos and cabs because commuters can maintain social distancing in those,” said Chaitanya Kanuri, Urban Transport Manager at WRI India. 

05 Sep, 2020

Exploring eco-friendly infrastructure alternatives to manage recurring cases of urban flooding events across Indian cities that will bring urban centres closer to nature.This integrated blue-green-grey approach makes use of natural systems (either intact or engineered) to provide urban services; for example, parks/squares absorb stormwater runoff, wetlands/lakes retain stormwater and mangroves mitigate impacts of storm surges and coastal erosion.

05 Sep, 2020

“People find it difficult to maintain social distancing in share autos and cabs. Buses are better than share autos and cabs because commuters can maintain social distancing in those,” said Chaitanya Kanuri, Urban Transport Manager at WRI India. 

01 Sep, 2020

Amit Bhatt, Director of Transport, WRI India, says: “It’s time to open up mass transport services without jeopardising the health and safety of people. The important part is personal hygiene including wearing face masks, hand wash and social distancing.”