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Come out and claim the road

I write this column from my bed, recovering from an accident that broke my bones. I was hit by a speeding car when cycling. The car fled the scene, leaving me bleeding on the road. This is what happens again and again, in every city of our country, on every road as we plan without care for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. These are the invisible users. They die doing nothing more than the most ordinary thing like crossing a road. I was more fortunate. Two cars stopped, strangers helped me and took me to hospital. I got treatment. I will be back fighting fit.

Pedestrian questions

Have you ever noticed the footpath? Does it even exist? And if it does what is its height from the road? What should be the ideal height that allows for pedestrians to walk without fear of being run over or breaking a leg clambering onto it, while not allowing cars to park and take over this public space?

Temporary solution, permanent jam

I write this stuck in traffic. Nothing unusual. But my location makes me realise, once again, how our highway route to progress is going nowhere. The road I am using is newly commissioned and expensive. It is the 28-km Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, which was built just a few years ago to take care of the explosion of traffic between the two cities. It is access-controlled, with a 32-lane toll plaza, and was to provide easy access and a fun ride. The concessionaire—built as it is under the famous public private partnership model—took all steps to keep it prized for cars.

City action -- Hyderabad: CSE conducts city dialogue on air quality and transportation challenges, proposes agenda for action

Hyderabad, October 7, 2010: In 2003, Hyderabad started taking steps to contain its air pollution. As a result, PM 10 levels dipped from 72 microgramme per cubic metre (mg/cum) to 66 mg/cum.

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City Action: Citizens Report on Air Quality and Urban Mobility, Kanpur

The Centre for Science and Environment releases an in-depth report on the city of Kanpur as part of its ongoing initiative to build city action on clean air and mobility.

Public Dialogue: Combating air pollution in Kolkata

CSE organised a public dialogue (February 2009) in the city. Titled ‘Clearing the air: An agenda for action’, it brought together policy makers, experts and civil society groups, to discuss how a road-map for pollution control in the city, which has recently seen strong action from the judiciary to contain its rising air pollution.

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Centre asks cities to benchmark their urban transportation services

The Union ministry of urban development has evolved a system for evaluating urban transportation services in cities across India.

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Tracking action on sustainable mobility in Indian cities

Nascent policy action has begun in some small and big cities of India to move away from car centric development.

Hyderabad City Dialogue on Air Quality and Transportation Challenge: An Agenda for Action


Organised by:

Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board and Centre for Science and Environment October 07, 2010

APPCB Auditorium, Paryavaran Bhavan, A-3, Industrial Estate, Sanatnagar, Hyderabad

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City Action: Citizens Report on Air Quality and Urban Mobility, Kanpur

The Centre for Science and Environment releases an in-depth report on the city of Kanpur as part of its ongoing initiative to build city action on clean air and mobility.

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CSE releases an in-depth report on the city of Kanpur as part of its ongoing initiative to build city action on clean air and mobility.
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