Devika Kher

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Need for accountable Indian cities

India needs to increase the accountability of its cities in order to increase their financial independence. In his description of India’s accountability and Governance at London School of Economics publication, Charles Correa, a famous architect and urban planner says: “India...

To keep the money where you raise it

Tax Increment Financing is amongst the many public financing methods that the cities in India need to explore further. The City of Chicago, the third biggest city in United Sates of America, evidently requires a large revenue source to maintain...

Urban security and perception of cities

The security in the cities currently is limited in its imagination of city as a series of physical infrastructure. The strongest common link between 9/11 and 26/11 attacks are their ability to get two of the biggest cities, known as...

On how politics play out in dual cities

The increased politicisation of the urban land problems brings out the duality in a city. Solomon Benjamin in his paper, ‘Occupancy Urbanism: Radicalizing Politics and Economy beyond Policy and Programs’ explains the limitation of urban policies due to what he...

ICT and the perception of a city

The advent of Information and Communication Technology has changed the perception of cities along with urban designing. In the las two decades Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has modified all the three aspects of a city- economic, social and political. The...

Making housing viable in tier II cities

Tier II cities need to prepare for the impending housing needs to avoid repeating the failures of present megacities.  In the recent announcement of the 20 cities chosen for the launch of the Smart Cities Mission, it was interesting to...

Making information handy for the smart citizens

Indian regulation needs to accommodate information aggregators to help create smart citizens.  Recently cab aggregator ZipGo suspended its operations in Bangalore after facing trouble with the  the Karnataka State Transport Department. One of the major reason for the tension between the...

Let there be open green spaces in cities

The open green spaces are not just the nature reserves, but also serve as a gateway to other needs of the people living in the city.  Mumbai, the financial capital of India, was in news last year for the protest...

To keep the traffic flowing, mum’s the word

To be more effective, regulatory bodies can use the type of network goods that function better if kept discreet.  Bangalore traffic police launched a unique application called Public Eye last year. Public Eye provides a platform for people to capture images...

Tender SURE and the complex coordination

Looking at processes right from the scratch is an efficient way to create successful products as well as efficient sidewalks. Some of streets in Bangalore attained international standards last year. The credit goes to Tender SURE (Specifications for Urban Road...
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