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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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......

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......