September 4, 2012, 9am PDT
A new study documents exactly how deprived of access to open space the 13 million residents of Mumbai are. The numbers are grim, especially when compared to other cities around the world, and even in India, reports Neha Thirani.
August 23, 2012, 5am PDT
Delhi attempts to cut its self-imposed red tape with a unified transportation agency.
August 19, 2012, 9am PDT
Recent events in the southern India town of Hampi, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, expose the struggle to balance the needs of historical tourist sites and those who make their livelihood from them, writes Rachel Proctor May.
August 16, 2012, 5am PDT
"Model road" project in the Indian city of Ahmedabad has sidewalks, crosswalks, and on-street parking, but no street vendors.
August 9, 2012, 8am PDT
Dueling pieces in <em>Foreign Policy</em> and the <em>Christian Science Monitor</em> come to completely different conclusions on the connection between the great Indian blackout of July 31 and the country's reliance on coal.
August 6, 2012, 8am PDT
Planners in search of work might want to consider looking in India. As Nate Berg reports, the Indian government is hoping a new technology initiative will catalyze master planning efforts in 7,935 cities and towns across the country.
July 31, 2012, 11am PDT
For the second day in a row, massive blackouts have brought India's cities to a standstill as trains, traffic lights, and ATMs failed in New Delhi and throughout 14 states across the north and east of the country.
July 20, 2012, 5am PDT
An Indian court pulls the plug -- sort of -- on unregulated groundwater exploitation.
July 9, 2012, 2pm PDT
The fight to bring efficient public transit to the Indian capital in the form of a dedicated Bus Rapid Transit corridor may be headed for the country's Supreme Court, as the government fights the city’s wealthy, car-owning minority.
July 3, 2012, 10am PDT
Energy shortages in coal, natural gas, and diesel fuel are constraining India's growth. At the heart of the shortages are government subsidies that keep prices low, state-run monopolies that are unable to increase production, and costly imports.
June 14, 2012, 6am PDT
In rapidly modernizing, and urbanizing, India, young professionals find themselves cut off from their neighbors and small town traditions in fortress-like gated communities. The Internet is providing a platform for them to re-establish community.
May 18, 2012, 8am PDT
Neha Thirani speaks with Rahul Mehrotra, urban planner and chairman of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, about the challenges facing "emerging India," including its parasitic gated communities, preservation, and 392 "urban time bombs."
The New York Times India Ink blog
May 4, 2012, 7am PDT
Naresh Fernandes chronicles a recent upsurge in events providing opportunities for Mumbai's residents, and fascinated guests, to discuss the city's myriad challenges, and possible solutions. But can all the talk result in real action?
March 16, 2012, 6am PDT
Mukta Naik, a consulting planner with Indian housing firm micro Home Solutions, discovers that grand plans for a 'slum-free India' missed the mark on one key point: the lives of slum dwellers.
March 9, 2012, 9am PST
Shriya Malhotra explores the potential for participatory mapping to manage the complexities of cities in the 21st century.
January 18, 2012, 12pm PST
Kerwin Datu reflects on the implications of treating the world's diverse mixed-use slums as residential only enclaves.
January 6, 2012, 11am PST
India's Bajaj Auto company introduces an ultracheap small car focused on the country's rickshaw industry. Meanwhile, an unrelated study finds that the unorganized auto-rickshaw sector presents a huge business opportunity.
January 5, 2012, 6am PST
Planners and development experts explain why modeling Delhi after cities like Singapore, Hong Kon and Mumbai is misguided and dangerous.
January 1, 2012, 1pm PST
This piece from <em>The New York Times</em> goes inside the economic powerhouse of Mumbai's Dharavi slum to profile the informality that both troubles it and brings it prosperity.
December 27, 2011, 11am PST
New legislation by the Maharashtra State Governments would allow private land owners to apply for city boundary expansions as a tool to ease congestion.