One of the most primary criticisms faced by the Smart City Programme today is its lack of immediate visual impact on the city. While the selected Smart Cities have consistently worked in the background to develop and implement ambitious Smart City Projects, citizens feel that......

मागच्या काही दिवसात पुणे महानगरपालिकेने पुण्याच्या सर्व रस्त्यांवर गाडी पार्क करण्यासाठी शुल्क लावायचा निर्णय घेतला आणि साहजिकच सर्व छापील आणि डिजिटल स्तरांवर लेख आणि मेसेजेस चा भडीमार झाला. एका बाजूला, “महागाई आणि वाढीव खर्च आहेतच आणि त्यात अजून हे “अश्या आशयाचे लेख सुरु झाले आणि......

बांधकाम क्षेत्रातील मंदी ह्यावर रोज चर्चा सुरु आहे. ह्या मागची कारणे आणि त्यावर वाद विवाद रोज होत आहेत. मी वास्तुविशारदतज्ञ असल्यामुळे ह्या क्षेत्रातील मंदीचा माझ्या वर व माझ्या कामावर बराच प्रभाव पडला आहे. नवे गृह प्रकल्प सुरु होत नाहीयेत आणि जुने प्रकल्प बंद पडलेले किंवा......

पुणे विकास आराखडा – २००७-२७ : हरकती व सूचना १. सर्व पुण्याच्या नागरिकांना existing landuse survey चे रेपोर्ट ताबडतोप उपलब्ध करून द्यावेत. हा रेपोर्ट उपलब्ध नसल्या मुळेविकास आराखड्या मधील बऱ्याच विशिष्ठ मुद्द्यांवर नागरिकांना कुठलीही हरकत घेणे  किंवा सूचना देणे शक्य होत नहिये. त्या मुळे,हा रेपोर्ट उपलब्ध झाल्या......

ओपन डिजीटल पोर्टल उपक्रमाची घोषणा २ आक्टोबर २०१६ ला झाली व पुणे महानगरपालिकेने भारतातील शहर पातळीवर, सरकारने पुढाकार घेूउन केलेल्या, पहिल्या अश्या उपक्रमाचा मान मिळवला. म्हणलं तर ओपन डिजीटल पोर्टल उपक्रम हा तसा नवा नाही. २०१२ साली राष्ट्रीय स्तरावर डेटा देवाणघेवाण सोपी व्हावी म्हणून एक......

Illegal garbage dumping along the roads in and around cities and villages today is an indicator of two things happening simultaneously. First is that the waste collection system established by the local municipal body or the grampanchayat is not efficient and second, is that people......

In my explorations of San Francisco, I came across a very innovative architectural exhibition. This was organized by American Institute for Architects, SF Chapter. The idea of the exhibition was to commend six architectural not-for-profit organizations and their contributions to Social Architecture. These visionaries have......

Last week, The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, signed on the proposal to keep intact the Biodiversity Park (BDP) reservation on the hill tops and hill slopes in the New DP for Pune’s fringe areas. While, acknowledging the fact that there are many small time landowners......

The much awaited project of the Chandni Chowk flyover was recently launched by Hon. Minister for Road Transport & Highways Shri. Nitin Gadkari. This western gateway into the city of Pune and out of it is a crammed up mess of roads going all over......

A very significant paradigm shift is required in India if Citizen Participation is going to be a meaningful exercise in urban planning!  And why not? After all, the city is for the people and they are the major stakeholders in expressing and planning for what......

The Planning Studio in Goa happened mid February and since then my brain is processing two important pieces of information. One, is the Communidade Code of Land management in Goa’s villages and Second, the Tragedy of Commons. The Tragedy of Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_commons, for more information),......

If you love to ride a bicycle and are often nostalgic of the days when Pune was a cyclists’ city, Copenhagen will give you the pleasure of watching millions of bicycles on the road, jostling with tourists along its busy streets.  I and Poorva reached......

Very recently, I wrote a longish article for a Swedish publication titled as ‘Celebrating Informality in Indian Cities’. The point that I have made in this piece is that the ‘informal’ in our cities are often regarded as ‘unplanned’, ‘illegal’ and ‘encroaching’, yet they continue......

I am reopening a very controversial and current debate in the blog post today. In the past year or was it two (?), Puneites are really ridden (bed ridden?) with the issue of Metro vs No Metro, Elevated Vs Underground Metro and Metro Vs the......

  When the first run of Kochi Metro happened, Pune’s newspapers published a headline that despite Pune being amongst the first cities that proposed a Metro, Kochi beats Pune by finishing its first line ahead of time. So yesterday I visited the Kochi Metro and......

Public Infrastructure in India needs to be built at a very rapid pace over next few years to quickly close the gap and recover some part of the last 10 years of ‘policy paralysis’ that had plagued the country between 2004 to 2014. Apart from......

In 2012, citizens of Pune will elect a panel of corporators who will become their official elected representatives in the Standing Committee of Pune Municipal Corporation. Currently, quoting directly from a friend’s email, there are 144 electoral wards in Pune. So there will be 144......

Since the Climate Change negotiations at Copenhagen in December 2009 and the subsequent promises by India to reduce its carbon footprint, it looks like the Indian government seems to be keenly following it up through actions being initiated at the state level. In Maharashtra, the......

A conference on Sustainable Cities was concluded today, June 18, 2013, at Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute for Environment, Education and Research, a joint initiative between BVIEER and The Urban Team of ICRIER (www.icrier.org) headed by Dr Mrs. Isher Judge Ahluwalia. As a part of this seminar,......

It’s true that The Metro has become an indicator of a city’s urbanity and potential of growth, while also reflecting its “coolness”. Till a few months back, newspapers were still contemplating the need for a Metro, but as Punekars saw Metro proposals move ahead for......

Every Monsoon some or the other region of India gets flooded. Its an annual recurrence, afflicting some part of our country, either alternately or every year, like in case of Assam. As soon as the flood waters invade our lives, so do messages and articles......

As a part of the Paud Road Mohalla Committee, 25 Paud Road residents have been initiating clean up action at one stretch of the Sutardara Nala, which crosses Paud Road at Shivtirtha nagar. The local corporator has proposed a garden along this nala, providing a......

In February 2012, all the municipal corporations in Maharashtra underwent an overhaul in their respective local urban / municipal governments. The city level elections saw a flurry of projects in the city of Pune. Suddenly, the half done pending-for-long road projects saw completion. The project......

Every year, year on year, Indian cities and villages and the roads connecting them become hell holes – potholed to such an extent that it is downright dangerous to traverse these. Fatal and non fatal Road accidents, due to pot holes abound, but very rarely......

For days leading up to the Pune Bus Day, proposed on 1 November 2012 and even a few days after, I was grappling with the whole question of “what’s really the purpose and what is its effectiveness?” I heard many arguments, almost all of them,......

The latest addition, amongst numerous other reports on the Metro, includes the Lohia Committee Report. Since Metro is proposed in cities of India, considerable thought seems to be now going into (albeit being very late) on ‘how to really finance this monster infrastructure?’ In 2009,......

Much has already been said about #PuneMetro. In fact, so much has been said and debated upon that Pune citizens are quite frankly tired of all naysayers & doubting Harry’s and carry a hope now that the #PuneMetro will actually see the light of day…and......

Pune traffic mess worsens every day. Road infrastructure is woefully inadequate for 3+ million vehicles. But what exacerbates this further is the massive traffic indiscipline. And this traffic indiscipline/anarchy is growing everyday. One key reason for indiscipline is the lack of enforcement. There is no......

“The Metro will pass along the road right next to my bungalow. Will my property rate rise or fall? Can I continue staying at my bungalow with my family? Or will this mean that I need to redevelop, amalgamate with four other neighboring plot owners......

The first approval for the Pune Riverfront Development was in January 2016. Since then, numerous accounts and questions have appeared in the media. Right from claiming that such massive grand projects are merely ‘election promises’ by the BJP government to the usual cynical Puneri comments......

Beginning in January 2011, the students of M.Arch Environmental Architecture, BNCA, Pune will embark on their Planning Studio in Goa. For this purpose, I visited Goa last week to understand the environmental pressures confronting Goa and meet with the various stakeholders who are directly and......

Pune Metro is already a delayed project for the city. A project that should have come right after the four metro cities of India, is now finally getting implemented after smaller cities like Kochi and Nagpur have also moved ahead. One worrisome aspect that had......

Till as late as the turn of this century, Central governments in India did not have cities and urban development on their priority. Urban Development was largely left to State Governments to deal with. State Governments pumped some money into urban infrastructure projects, but till......

Ganesh utsav is just over and streets are in the process of regaining the sanity (?) that they had prior to the festival in Pune. Last week, everyone (that is, every middle class person who drives a car), was talking about the inconvenience of the......

As I am now settling into the daily routine in CA, I am exploring various ways to move about the place (with two kids in row) using any means of transport than the car. I was very much excited initially, as the city here is......

. . . And that is the classic question that Punekars have been asking since the last 10 years. Frankly, I have been unable to take either side. At one end I know that the remaining ‘open’ space will disappear surely if permissions are given......

The rapid pace at which urbanization is expanding in India is just phenomenal. Such a massive and rapid scale of converting agricultural/forest/barren land into urban landuse is unprecedented anywhere in the world, and particularly for India. At a quick glance, India is estimated to add......

Creating successful riverfront or waterfront development in cities is a challenging task. It may seem like an easy task of just cleaning up the banks and giving public access to it, but its much more complex and there are numerous underlying issues. Cities across the......

What will it take for us to see a transformation in our cities? The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and Hon. Minister Shri. Venkaiah Naidu grapple with this same question everyday. Any number of recommending guidelines, central government investments and even Training do not seem......

Sunday’s Times of India (26 November 2017) carried a small snippet of information on “Why Rich won’t Turn their Backs to Cities now”. This led me to thinking how the Rich and the Poor in Indian cities have moved within and outside cities in the......