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Isher Judge Ahluwalia

The writer is chairperson of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and former chairperson of the high-powered expert committee on urban infrastructure and services.

Back to waste basics
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

Don’t mix different types of waste. The correct way to manage it is to expose it to air

A city laid waste
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

A new rapid bioremediation process that can remove garbage hills and end their ill effects, promises a low-cost solution to waste management and disposal. It is very important that alternative technologies are carefully evaluated on their merit.

Cities at crossroads: Don’t just light the fire
Wed, May 31, 2017

Niti Aayog’s Draft Action Agenda neither incorporates lessons from experience of incineration plants in Delhi, nor takes note of the many success stories of biomethanation

Cities at crossroads: Starving the municipality
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Property tax, the most important source of revenue for local bodies, is a pawn in state-level politics

Cities at crossroads: When an open door policy is not enough
Wed, Mar 29, 2017

Making restaurants open their toilets to the public reeks of the government passing the buck.

Cities at crossroads: The heart of action
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

State governments and urban local bodies hold the key to fixing our cities and addressing the challenges of unplanned urbanisation

Cities at crossroads: Not letting it go waste
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Waste-to-energy plants could sustainably dispose of municipal solid waste, while generating electricity

Cities at crossroads: Recycling begins at home
Wed, Nov 30, 2016

Segregating municipal solid waste is the first step in ensuring the success of waste-to-energy plants.

Cities at Crossroads: Heaps of hazards
Wed, Oct 26, 2016

So-called landfills do not address the problems of solid waste management.

Cities at crossroads: Can’t sweep it under the carpet
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

The challenge of garbage is set to grow. Solid waste management plans need to be implemented alongside maintenance of drainage and sewerage networks.

Cities at Crossroads: Choking the city
Wed, Aug 31, 2016

Garbage generation has reached frightening proportions. Planners need to build on the successes of earlier programmes.

India will have to get its act together on urban water
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

India’s water crisis is even more serious than its energy crisis though this is not generally realised

Cities at crossroads: There’s no such thing as free water
Wed, Jun 22, 2016

To deliver potable water for all, urban local bodies must modernise processes, harness technology. They must also recover costs through user charges.

Cities without a core
Wed, May 25, 2016

The Indian economy has grown rapidly since 2003-04, but there has not been a corresponding evolution of vibrant metropolitan regions.

Cities at Crossroads: Setting cities free
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

The unwillingness of the system to devolve responsibility and funding to the city level is a major failure. Alongside Amrut and the Smart Cities Mission, we need to urgently spell out the dimensions of institutional reform

Cities at crossroads: Where water is safe to drink
Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Delhi needs a single public authority suitably empowered and responsible for the delivery of safe drinking water.

Cities at crossroads: Why cities matter
Wed, Feb 17, 2016

Public service delivery improved only in cities where state governments provided an enabling environment for innovation and better governance.

Transforming our cities: On water, Singapore shows the way
Wed, Apr 15, 2015

Every drop of rain that can be captured, should be captured. Every drop of wastewater that can be safely reclaimed, should be reclaimed.

Restoring Delhi’s environment
Fri, Jan 10, 2014

In just 7 years,Delhi’s Aravali Biodiversity Park has transformed a barren landscape into 20 distinct forest communities with 1,000 species of plants and,if you please,an orchid garden,a bat cave and a natural conservatory for butterflies.

IT and good sense for better governance
Wed, Oct 30, 2013

Pimpri Chinchwad is a standout example of how integrated e-governance can improve urban service delivery.

Siri Fort’s perfect play
Wed, Aug 28, 2013

Through imaginative ‘pay and play’ services,revenue-share models with top coaches like Madan Lal,Siri Fort Sports Complex has given a new life to the capital’s sports-starved youth. Imagine if all the Commonwealth stadia were put to similar use.

Surat gets it right on water
Wed, May 29, 2013

It has emerged as model of response,resilience and sustainability in face of challenging jal pareeksha

Hyderabad shows the way
Wed, Apr 24, 2013

The city's metro project demonstrates how private capital can be deployed in public projects in a transparent and efficient manner

More power from waste
Wed, Mar 06, 2013

With cities and towns expanding at the periphery,the land-hills of garbage move closer,and so does the danger to our health

Clean it like Pune
Wed, Oct 31, 2012

Pune’s range of solutions for managing waste,from traditional to modern and scientific,are already saving money. That’s without even accounting for the carbon credits