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A blueprint to build gender inclusive cities

Providing equal opportunities for women in urban development is not just about fairness but is also key to building better cities.

G20 leaders also committed to actions recognising the links between urban development and women’s well-being, leadership, and participation. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 21, 2023 10:00 PM IST

Empowered ward committees can play a vital role in aspirational neighbourhoods

India's urban growth is fueled by the aspirations and productivity of its people, with the potential to set global benchmarks for sustainable development.

Cities embody a symphony of municipal governments, universities, companies, and community organisations working in concert(Pixabay)
Published on Oct 10, 2023 07:51 PM IST

SAAR initiative is key in empowering youth to drive urban development

SAAR brings together academia and practice to address urbanization challenges and highlights the importance of collaboration for innovative urban solutions

The Smart Cities Mission enabled cities to experiment and address longstanding urban challenges(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 07, 2023 10:00 AM IST

Reflections on collective action towards clean and sustainable hill states

'Parvat Manthan', emphasizes the need for inclusive and sustainable development, while preserving the natural beauty and ecological balance of the hills.

As urbanisation accelerates in the hill states across the Himalayan ranges, it becomes crucial to ensure the resilience of these cities. (Pexels)
Published on Jul 11, 2023 05:54 PM IST

Every state needs an urban anchor

Every state needs a body like the National Institute of Urban Affairs to offer demand-driven technical skill improvement and participatory sectoral evaluations to forge a shared vision

It was only in 1993 that the 73rd and 74th Amendments of the Constitution came into force, aiming to bring about a fundamental shift in urban governance (Shutterstock)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 09:11 PM IST
ByHitesh Vaidya

Groundwater: A valuable ‘invisible’ resource

For starters, cities need to map their groundwater resources to develop credible knowledge about the quantity and quality of the resources available

Citizens will need to step up and share the onus of action. And the first step to make this happen is to engage them in two-way dialogues for building collective consciousness on the need for community ownership of groundwater management. (Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 21, 2022 02:33 PM IST
ByVictor R Shinde and Hitesh Vaidya
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