City Matters

Data evolved as a viable solution to  Covid management in Indian cities.  Data and grids allow all players to check the efficacy of solutions.  Join us as we travel through states and cities highlighting problems and solutions, shining the spotlight on case studies of solutions that work, talking to problem solvers and touching base with citizenry..

Protecting waterfronts even as development continues in Mumbai..

Now developers in Mumbai can build just 50 metres away from water lines along the coast. E Jayashree Kurup speaks to developers and experts about the fine balance required.

Can revival of waterbodies help reduce flooding problems in Chennai?

Chennai city is battling intense flooding due to the Bay of Bengal depression-led rains for the past few days. This year’s rains showed the cracks in the system that still need to be fixed, says E Jayashree Kurup

Why cities are difficult to master and serve..

Construction is one of the largest industries in India, and least sustainable as it entails copious usage of non-renewable resources. Government’s decisions related to development of Smart Cities are vitally essential but sustainable execution, however, needs to be the paramount factor in decision making.

Digitisation, a prerequisite for good urban governance today..

In the second part of the City Systems analysis E Jayashree Kurup spoke about the move towards collective action and sustainable practices in Indian smart cities. There has been an infusion of special funds to experiment with smart features in chosen cities over the past five years. Digital systems and management is the glue that can hold all these initiatives together.

Focus on city economics – They need to function as self-sustaining units..

In this third part of the series on Quality of Life in Cities, E Jayashree Kurup delves into the problems of finance. The Reserve Bank of India in its State of the Economy Report, studied the responses from 141 cities to come up with an analysis of the problems of economics in the Third Tier of Government.

Making cities economically self reliant..

The RBI State of the Economy Bulletin on the theme “Coping with the Pandemic: A Third-Tier Dimension”, has analysed what the Centre, States and Cities did to manage the pandemic at the local level. E Jayashree Kurup analyses the problems that this survey of 141 Municipal Corporations has revealed and their long-term implications.

Why India needs a robust municipal bonds market..

As cities across the country battle the pandemic, the discussion has moved to streams of finance. World over the Municipal bonds markets are doing well with insurers securing returns and principal amounts for the investor. Muni bonds in India are still few and far between. The biggest challenge is to make the underlying projects financially viable, says E Jayashree Kurup

Micro mobility- A concept whose time has come

Last-mile connectivity and environment-friendly battery operation has pushed up use of battery bikes in large Indian cities. Wallet friendly costs also help. Dedicated lanes, more charging stations and some policy and finance support could well propel this industry up soon.