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Urban agenda | The nuts and bolts of e-bus rollout in India's smaller cities

The PM-eBus Sewa scheme aims to deploy 10,000 electric buses in tier-II and tier-III cities by the end of the year. What's the catch

The Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Transport (KDMT) undertaking added nine new electric buses to its fleet in November 2023. It has a contract of 207 buses from a UK-headquartered group.(HT)
Published on Apr 07, 2024 09:11 PM IST

A case for fast-tracking “lighthouse” housing for the urban poor

Why six projects aimed at providing cheaper flats for the urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana have been beset by delays

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana seeks to provide affordable housing. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 24, 2024 08:50 AM IST

After 10 years of vending law, are hawkers leading a better life?

Their working lives were legalised 10 years ago and PM SVANidhi addressed their challenges directly in 2020, but are India’s urban street vendors better off?

While street vendors and activists acknowledged the positive impact of this scheme, they said that their livelihoods are far from secure as they continue to be under constant threat of eviction (Photo by Raju Shinde)  
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 11:21 PM IST

SVANidhi scheme proven lifeline for vendors: Modi

As part of the event just ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, 100,000 more loans under the scheme were disbursed on Thursday nationwide

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hands over a cheque to a beneficiary of SVANidhi scheme. (Arvind Yadav/HT)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 01:10 AM IST

Nod for two Metro lines to link south, north Delhi

Unveiling the contours of the project, Union minister Anurag Thakur said at a Cabinet briefing the two lines will significantly improve Delhi residents’ quality of life

The two corridors, likely to be completed by 2029, will be built for <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>8,399 crore and carry roughly 250,000 people every day, said officials aware of the plan (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 06:40 AM IST

Union Cabinet approves two new Delhi Metro corridors

Union minister Anurag Thakur said that the new Delhi Metro corridors are expected to be completed by 2029 and get a daily ridership of 250,000

The new stations will be both elevated and underground. (HT PHOTO/Representative)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 07:18 PM IST

Bengaluru reeling but ranks high in used water management

Bengaluru ranked second in used water management among 500 cities across 10 states, with Surat leading.

Protesters hold empty cans amid the water crisis in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Surat, Bengaluru lead rankings of used water management: CEEW report

The research was limited to AP, C’garh, Guj, Haryana, J’khand, Karnataka, MP, Punjab, Rajasthan, & WB—the 10 states that adopted a treated used water policy.

Nearly dried up Mallathahalli Lake as the city witnesses acute water shortage in Bengaluru. (PTI photo)
Published on Mar 12, 2024 04:30 PM IST

Delhi's World Trade Centre to soon be ready for business

The project, licensed by New York’s World Trade Centre Association (WTCA), has 3.4 million sq ft in commercial area

Delhi’s World Trade Centre will primarily have the offices of private corporations, government departments, and public sector undertakings. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photos)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 11:54 PM IST

Govt announces names of 18 cities to receive funds under CITIIS 2.0 scheme

The cities are Agartala, Agra, Bareilly, Belagavi, Bilaspur, Guwahati, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Madurai, Muzzafarpur, New Town Kolkata, Panaji, Rajkot, Srinagar, T’thapuram, Thanjavur, Udaipur, & Ujjain

Under CITIIS 2.0, cities will implement projects promoting a circular solid waste management economy for the next four years. (@EUAmbIndia | Official X account)
Published on Mar 06, 2024 04:16 PM IST

The whats, whys and hows of India's first city water management competition

How the Union government’s fostering of competition among states and UTs through awards can go a long way in improving water management in India’s urban areas

Cities, states and union territories have been judged based on access, coverage, quality at water treatment plants and households,(AFP)
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Urban Agenda: Hill states move to check unregulated urban development (finally)

Nine hilly states that failed to take up the Centre's incentives for urban planning-informed development get their act together after recent climate disasters

A picturesque view of Shimla town after the fresh spell of snowfall on Thursday. (Deepak Sansta/HT)
Published on Feb 24, 2024 07:22 PM IST

Three really smart cities and the impact on people’s lives

A look at how three cities have used the Smart Cities funds and turned around two vital projects that have changed the lives of residents for the better

The much-talked-about Chappan Dukan is an area housing 56 eateries (hence the name: on a 200-metre-long road of 30-metre width(Indore Smart City Ltd)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 07:21 PM IST

Extend smart cities mission, recommends House panel in report

The panel asked the union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) to handhold cities to complete the projects even after the SCM deadline ends in June 2024

Launched in 2015, SCM aimed to improve the quality of life in urban India through smart solutions. (National portal of India)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 11:46 AM IST

Indian cities planning to be kid-inclusive

Few cities worldwide have implemented play masterplans, with Barcelona, Spain and Istanbul, Turkey notable exceptions

The play masterplan in Jabalpur aims to bring in some structural changes in how the city develops every new piece of infrastructure. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 06:26 AM IST

Interim budget: Govt plans new housing scheme for middle class

The full budget is likely to be announced in July after an administration secures the electoral mandate

MoHUA received a total budgetary allocation of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>77,523.58 crore for 2024-25, nearly 12% more than the <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>69,270.72 crore allocated in the revised estimate (RE) of the current financial year. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 05:34 AM IST

FM announces new housing scheme for middle class, 20 million houses in next 5 yrs

Sitharaman said 30 million houses have been built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-rural scheme, and an additional 20 million houses will be built over the next five years

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman (Twitter/ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 03:46 PM IST

Smart Cities Mission: A SWOT analysis

A look at what the NDA government's flagship programme has managed to achieve in 100 cities across the country — and what still remains to be done

The mission identified 21 sectors in which the 100 smart cities selected projects based on their specific needs. (HT File)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 09:09 PM IST

Smart Cities Mission: 400 projects in over 10 cities may miss revised deadline

The MoHUA extended for the second time the Smart Cities Mission by a year till June 2024 to complete the pending work after requests from some cities

A total of 100 Smart Cities have been selected through four rounds of competition from January 2016 to June 2018 (Twitter/@SmartCities_HUA)
Published on Jan 18, 2024 08:42 PM IST

Home loan interest subsidy scheme for urban areas in final stages: Puri

The new home loan interest subsidy scheme will replace the discontinued Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), a sub-scheme of PMAY(U)

Hardeep Singh Puri, minister of housing & urban affairs at a news conference at his Akbar Road residence in New Delhi on Friday. (Hindustan Times/Vipin Kumar)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 07:02 PM IST

Indore again named as ‘cleanest city’ in India for seventh time in a row

Swachh Survekshan Awards-2023: The NDMC area was the cleanest city within Union territories while the New Delhi area also ranked third among 35 capital regions

Indore bagged the cleanest city title for the seventh time in a row.(X)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 03:12 PM IST

Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023: Indore, Surat ‘cleanest cities’ in India

Saswad in Maharashtra got the cleanest city award for urban centres with less than 1 lakh population.

President Droupadi Murmu presents the ‘All India Clean City - Rank 1’ award to Indore, Madhya Pradesh. (PTI photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2024 04:20 PM IST

Water conservation in an era where flooding, drought collide

Devanahalli, a town near Bengaluru, has been using treated wastewater blended with rainwater to supply 0.2 mld of water to households.

Amid erratic rainfall, water is wasted as run-off. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2023 01:41 AM IST

Dashboard for municipal bodies to be ready by March next year: Official

The dashboard to be launched by the union government will have all data related to municipal bodies will be ready over the next few months

 (FIile Photo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2023 06:40 PM IST

In urban hot boxes, the need for a plan

Studies have shown that asbestos, concrete, or metal that is typically used in roofs, trap heat and make indoor temperatures significantly warmer

Three acres in this bustling East Andheri suburb are being converted into an urban forest as part of the city’s climate action plan launched last year. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2023 11:30 AM IST

Staying afloat: Lessons from flood-prone cities

Mitigation of and adaptation to weather extremes are a tall order for administrations at the local level because of unpredictability of climate variability.

Hit by cyclone Michaung on December 4, Chennai received 470mm of rainfall in 48 hours, leading to a massive deluge. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 25, 2023 12:25 PM IST

675 towns under 1-lakh population to get GIS-based master plans

India’s City-System (ASICS) 2023 by Bengaluru-based think tank Janaagraha found that 39% of capital cities lack an active master plan leading to the poor and unsustainable growth

Master plans are long-term vision documents usually prepared by cities every 20 years for potential land and infrastructure development (Representative image/
Published on Dec 11, 2023 10:00 PM IST
BySoumya Chatterjee

Can’t count housing units without basic infra as ‘complete’ under PMAY (U): Parl panel

The Union government should not consider housing units built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) as “completed”, when basic amenities such as accessible roads, sewerage, water and electricity connections are not provided, the Standing Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs said in a report presented in the Lok Sabha on Friday

Launched in 2015, PMAY(U) is one of the Centre’s flagship schemes that aims to alleviate poverty, and sought to provide housing for all by 2022.
Updated on Dec 09, 2023 07:08 AM IST
BySoumya Chatterjee, New Delhi

4 states have updated law on lines of Model Tenancy Act: Hardeep Puri

Hardeep Singh Puri told Lok Sabha that the relationship between landlord and tenant was primarily a state subject but the Centre drafted a model law to help states

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri speaks to media along with BJP leader Anil Baluni in Delhi (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 07, 2023 07:34 PM IST
BySoumya Chatterjee

Questions remain over the govt’s ‘smart city mission’ project, says new report

The SCM in India relegated to enhancing existing infrastructure of cities in areas of water supply, mobility, and other such aspects

The launch of India Infrastructure Report 2023. (Photo credit: NIUA)
Published on Dec 05, 2023 08:15 PM IST
BySoumya Chatterjee
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