Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited, the Real Estate and Infrastructure Development arm of the Mahindra Group, successfully concluded the fifth edition of Confluence (2019), its thought leadership platform on 13 February, 2019. The knowledge forum took place in New Delhi on the theme of Thinking Cities: The Rise of Resilience mainly focusing on the role of society, policy-makers and corporate in making cities more resilient to shocks, stress and uncertainty. The event was joined by various national and international leaders and experts from different fields such as Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Chair of Economics and Government, London School of Economics & Political Science; Mr. Arun Maira, Management Consultant and Former Member of Planning Commission of India; Dr. Tia Kansa...
Cities in India are often known for pollution, over-population and a general lack of urban planning. The state of Andhra Pradesh has just decided to put an end to that notion by proposing to make the state an Innovation Valley and its capital Amaravati as an Innovation Hub! The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Shri Chandrababu Naidu recently announced that Amravati will be the hub of the innovation focus of the state and will comprise nine cities, vi. Media City, Government City, Justice City, Finance City, Knowledge City, Tourism City, Electronics City and Sports City. "The crucial part of Amaravati will be the Amaravati Media City (AMC), which will focus on media, entertainment, social media and other cutting edge technologies. This city will act as its hub,” the CM told invest
Anthropogenic climate change can best be described as an abnormal increase in the global surface temperature due to emission of greenhouse gases by human activities. While the climate has been changing since the emergence of Planet Earth in the solar system, human activities in recent times have accelerated the pace of this change. It is now common knowledge that the concentration of carbon dioxide, a significant greenhouse gas (GHG), has consistently increased since the industrial revolution. Interestingly, what fueled the industrial revolution is precisely what is fueling anthropogenic climate change today. Coal, which is more popular as a thermal energy source or a fossil fuel, is actually excess atmospheric carbon dioxide which was captured and stored deep in the Earth’s crust throu
President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the Seminar on Universalisation of Roshni - a green innovation for sustainable habitats, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium. Also seen are Dr. Farook Abdullah, Smt. Sheila Dikshit and Shri Kamal Nath A day long seminar on the universalisation of Roshni - the environmental initiative in practice in the President’s Estate was recently inaugurated by the President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at her state residence. The Roshni initiative, which was launched in 2008 has been an effort to help and equip the residents of the President's Estate to live in harmony with nature. The initiative had then come against the background of issues concerned with climate change and is now working to make the overall environment of t
Cities cover less than 1% of the planet’s surface, and are home to around 50% of the world’s population, and many of them see a rapid growth trend. Taken together, all cities and urban areas worldwide use 75% of the world’s energy and are responsible for 75% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cities have traditionally been the places where many of the solutions to the world’s problems have been developed, making all cities potential leaders in the global effort for a low carbon future. Asia is arguably among the regions of the world most vulnerable to climate change. Climate change and climatic variability have and will continue to impact all sectors, from national and economic security to human health, food production, infrastructure, water availability and ecosystems. Delhi
“We should carry three tasks namely mandatory fuel economic standard, improvement in quality of fuel and fiscal policy regime. The immediate task ahead at us is to have Mandatory Fuel Economic Standards.", announced Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forests (I/C) in his inaugural speech at a workshop on ‘Promoting Low-carbon Transport in India’ in New Delhi today. Referring to improvement in quality of fuel, the Minister said that substantial work has been done in this area. He also informed how quality of fuel is critically linked to mandatory standards and that large improvements are required in fuel quality. At the workshop, Mr. Ramesh also informed that the Mandatory Fuel Economy Standards have been finalised and will be notified under the Energy conservation
The week starting September 20th until September 26th marks the 'World Green Building Week' and is celebrated annually to draw attention to the role of green buildings in the creation of healthier and more sustainable communities. The Indian Green Building Council defines a green building as one which uses less water, optimises energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces for occupants, as compared to a conventional building." We at the Delhi Greens Blog spoke to Daman Sood, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), to learn about his views on the benefits, trend and future of green buildings in India, upcoming 'eco' real estate and the 'Green' claimed Commonwealth Games 2010. IEEE is th...
Recently I revisited Oscar Lewis’ thesis of “Culture of Poverty.” Simply stated it tells you that context determines every thing. If you wear rose coloured glasses, everything appears red and if you wear blue coloured glasses every thing appears blue. There has always been a struggle between those who came to a city and live in slums and those who live in flats. Alternate perception of the slums is a material deprivation. Economist define slums as places where the expense per capita is low. Right now I am staying in a small room of an empty flat. It has nothing. No tables, no chairs, no cupboards, no shelves, no nothing. There is one folding bed to sleep on, one air conditioner to bear the heat. And few very functional electrical appliances like a fridge, washing machine, TV and a g
A disturbing phenomenon observed in most developing countries of the world is the failure of city governments in meeting the basic needs of the urban population. It is a well known fact that inadequate levels of infrastructure and services adversely affect the quality of urban life as well as the economic productivity, and affect the process of sustainable development. Taking note of the implications arising from low levels of urban infrastructure development in Indian Cities, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi in collaboration with the Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS), Germany is organizing a Seminar on 'Water for Indian Cities'. Date: 6th April, 2010 (Tuesday) Time: 9.30 am Venue: 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, New Delhi – 110002 (Opp. Bal Bhawan) The
The 14th of November, also known as Bal Divas, is the birthday of Chacha Nehru--our first Prime Minister and to put it in the current context--Rahul Gandhi’s great grand father. Continuity, complexity of relationships and interrelatedness to the web of life is the celebration. A beautifully done film festival called CMS Vatavaran recently reflected it. One film of particular appeal was a Japanese one titled Kishke filming complex environmental issues with a very simple narrative. At the very first level, it is the story of a little boy named Kishke--about 10 years of age--who has just lost his grandfather. Once when had spent a summer with his grandfather on the sea coast village in North Japan, he had made a promise to his grandfather that he will plant a seed in his name, when he