This report examines how the public-private partnership (PPP) model can be applied to help promote sustainable housing and urban development for countries around the world. The report has two main parts.

An Act to provide for facilitation of inclusive growth and slum-free cities, including basic amenities and affordable housing to the slum-dwellers; for this purpose to lay down general principles

Planning Commission happy with overall work done by the Sheila Government
A Plan outlay of Rs.15,133 crore was on Wednesday approved for Delhi by the Planning Commission at a meeting chaired by Deputy Chairman of the Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and attended among others by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The Planning Commission has approved a Rs.14,200 crore State Plan outlay and Rs.933 c

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) International Transport Forum (ITF) has published a discussion paper titled “Key Mobility Challenges in Indian Cities,” which identifies challenges in urban mobility in India under three sections: urbanization and transport; urban mobility challenges; and current policies and interventions.

New Delhi: Union housing ministry on Monday pledged to make the capital slum -free within a stipulated timeframe.

This paper reviews the literature on health in the informal settlements (and “slums”) that now house a substantial proportion of the urban population in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Although this highlights some important gaps in research, available studies do suggest that urban health inequalities usually begin at birth, are reproduced over a lifetime (often reinforced by undernutrition), and may be recreated through vulnerabilities to climate change and a “double burden” of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

India has the world’s second largest urban population (after China). This paper shows the large disparities within this urban population in healthrelated indicators. It shows the disparities for child and maternal health, provision for health care and housing conditions between the poorest quartile and the rest of the urban population for India and for several of its most populous states.

Vertical growth helps economies, say some urban planners. But do we have proper building codes in place?
Ravi Teja Sharma
finds out

THE SIGHT of some of the tallest buildings in Tokyo

The urban world is shifting. Today only 600 urban centers generate about 60 percent of global GDP. While 600 cities will continue to account for the same share of global GDP in 2025, this group of 600 will have a very different membership. Over the next 15 years, the center of gravity of the urban world will move south and, even more decisively, east.

Solar thermal systems are able to reduce energy costs. To realise such savings, government programmes in Turkey, Brazil and Mexico are promoting the integration of solar installations in social housing.