Bus ridership in Delhi has dropped from 60% in 2000 to 41% now. Every year, Delhi needs an area the size of 310 football fields for parking its vehicles. And Delhi has one of the highest particulate matter (PM10) levels in South Asia.

These are some of the findings of a recent Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) assessment of air pollution and policies of different cities in dealing with it. That gives you a comprehensive picture of the growing vehicular population and the resultant pollution.

CSE is organising a unique event to celebrate positive action on sustainable mobility in Indian cities. We are looking forward to engage in dialogue with changemakers in different cities of India who have made a difference to mobility and air quality related concerns.

CSE strongly supports the bold decision of the Delhi government to increase the tax on diesel-run vehicles by 25 per cent at the time of registration, appreciates waiving off the VAT on bicycles, and calls for other states to follow the capital city's example.

This citizen’s report looks upward from the city to harmonise, and align with the larger national goals while assessing the unique solutions the city needs.

Despite huge investments in the health sector and vast manpower deployed, Uttar Pradesh has become a cauldron of diseases. Every second child in the state is under the threat of being attacked by diseases like encephalitis, measles, polio, dengue, malaria, tuberculosis, not to talk of diseases like diarrhoea of which no one keeps a record, but which has a high mortality rate.

India needs Rs. 3,88, 308 crore for street networks, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, bus rapid transit systems, rail transit and capacity building.