Sustainable Waste Management Practices for Urban Local Bodies

The Two day training programme on “Sustainable Waste Management Practices” for CITYNET India National Chapter members (and other ULBs) on 4-5 June, 2018has given us a great opportunity to play an active role in the World Environment Day celebrations at HUDCO’s Human Settlements Management Institute. We would like to express our gratitude to CMD, HUDCO as the Chairperson of the Citynet National Chapter – India and Sr. Executive Director, Dr D Subrahmanyam as Secretary General, Citynet for entrusting the task of training the ULB officers and Citynet national chapter members to us. Special thanks to Mr Rajiv Sharma and Ms Nila Pandian for their efforts and inputs.

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Transit Corridor Development (TCD): Framework and Guiding Principles (2016)

A number of cities in India, including Delhi, underwent an extraordinary population growth in the last few decades due to large influx of migrants. In response, the Government of India has declared Smart Cities Mission and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) have been selected for financing during 2015-16 as one of the top 20 smart cities. The Smart city concept promotes planning walkable communities and re-densification along transit corridors. Hence, this study will focus on preparing a strategic framework for development along selected transit corridor in Delhi. It will evaluate the concept of Transit Orient Development (TOD) and identify its application along with the metro ring. In short term, this project aims to identify influence zones along Delhi’s transit corridors that have re-densification potential and evaluate the use of urban planning tools. In the long term, it aims to prepare a strategy and guiding principles for re-densification along selected transit corridor in Delhi, which will identify land parcels for urban poor residences. The final outcome will be a report which contains the information about the assimilation of national and international policy interventions for re-densification along transit corridors, effective utilization of urban planning tools, and general guidelines for re-densification of transit corridors.

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Improving Public Transport System- Addressing the missing links (2015)

The private vehicle growth in Delhi city has reached an alarming proportion since 2011, despite the increased options of improved urban public transport. Therefore, the last mile connectivity (LMC, movement of people from a transportation hub to their final destination) is an important tool to achieve shift from private vehicles to public transit. The research was conducted to understand the present condition of transportation, which builds onto the primary survey conducted at 5 selected metro stations, to improve Delhi City’s last mile connectivity. For the survey, not only metro users but also the non-metro users were chosen for feedback as a control group. In addition, LMC service providers were included in this survey for in-depth understanding of transportation issues and to evolve a framework in which access to public transit services can be enhanced. The important questions that the project tried to address are: assessment of comfort, time, space, and cost incurred in the LMC as a ratio of the total journey for rapid transportation system users; user preferences and alternatives available for LMC; whether lack of efficient LMC options is a decisive element in the commuter’s choice of private modes and how it involves the overall efficiency of a public transit organization.

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