Indian urbanisation 'messy', reforms needed: World Bank

Terming India's urbanisation as "messy and hidden", a World Bank report Thursday called for initiatives at the policy and institutional level to tap the economic potential it offers.

NITI Aayog only a facilitator in smart city mission: Member

States would have to plan themselves on urban development and smart city mission, and NITI Aayog would be a facilitator to them, a Member of central think tank said Wednesday.

ISRO teams up with Urban Develop ministry, to map 4,041 towns
ISRO teams up with Urban Develop ministry, to map 4,041 towns

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has tied up with the Union Urban Development Ministry for mapping over 500 towns and cities, to make a base plan for better planning and management.

Land acquisition a difficult task in India: Panagariya

Terming land acquisition as one of the "difficult acts" in India, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya on Saturday said it can easily take up to 5 years for acquiring land for a large project including building of cities.

Torrential rains affects life in Rajasthan and Gujarat

With Monsoon setting over in many parts of the country, incessant rains have swollen many rivers and created flood-like situation in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Heat-related deaths will double in urban India by 2080: IIM

Heat-related mortalities will witness a two-fold increase in urban areas of India by 2080, a study done by the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) predicts.

A walk in nature could battle depression

Taking a walk in natural surroundings could lead to a lower risk of depression, a new study has found.

Smart City project not 'elitist', says Naidu

Rejecting Congress's criticism that the 'Smart City' project was "elitist" in nature, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that the NDA government's ambitious plan was aimed at benefiting "the poor who are forced to live on the fringes of growing urbanisation."

Smart cities to be decided by citizens: PM Modi

Smart cities will be selected through a bottom-up rather than top-down approach, where the decision would be made by the citizens and municipalities concerned, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

PM Narendra Modi launches three ambitious schemes for transforming urban India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched three ambitious schemes aimed at developing cities and towns as new engines for growth.

PM Modi to launch three ambitious schemes to develop cities, towns

Modi will unveil the criteria and guidelines for the smart cities and other schemes.

'Kolkata's waterbodies lost to urbanisation'

Urbanisation has claimed nearly half of Kolkata's waterbodies in the last two-and-a-half decades, an environmentalist said on Wednesday.

World Environment Day: Couple-showers or carpools? Choose your way to make a difference

They say charity begins at home. But I guess it’s high time we got a little more charitable outside of it – especially vis-à-vis our surroundings, the roads and places outside our humble abodes.

World Environment Day 2015: We are running out of water!

Leonardo da Vinci truly claimed that 'water is the driving force of all nature'. It's needless to reiterate the above statement as we all know the significance of this precious resource!

Leopard cub killed in accident on Faridabad-Gurgaon road

A male leopard cub was mowed down by a speeding vehicle on the Faridabad-Gurgaon road, a forest official said.

Smart Cities is the solution to rapid urbanisation: expert

Experts worldwide point out there will be a need to cope with changes in lifestyles, work, study along with time and location constraints, he said.

Smart cities progress to hinge on power, infra and others

A successful development of proposed smart cities across the country will depend on five critical elements such as power, infrastructure, funds, technology and social capital, property consultant Cushman & Wakefield said Thursday.

Risk of dengue increases due to climate change, city growth: Research

Large parts of Europe, West and Central Africa, and South America face the threat of outbreaks of the deadly dengue virus due to climate change and urbanisation, according to the first-ever maps of dengue vulnerability published on Tuesday.

Become breeding ground for tech advancements: Prez to varsities

Calling for greater engagement between academia and industries, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday asked universities to become breeding ground for technological advancements and said success of initiatives like 'Make in India' hinges on manufacturing quality products.