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Poor sanitation is endemic in towns and cities across India and exacts a heavy toll on public health. In response, the Government of India has made increased funding available

Hyderabad, July 22: The Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda) is planning to go for another round of land acquisition. This time it is for the radial roads project, which connects the Inner Ring Road with the Outer Ring Road. Several residential, commercial and defence properties will be acquired for widening the three radial roads. These include the road from Rethi Bowli to AP Police Academy, Langar Houz to Gandipet and Biramalguda to Manneguda.

The redevelopment and beautification of the capital for the making of a "world-class city' have entailed a heavy cost in terms of slum demolitions. A survey documenting the change of land use that has taken place on the sites of demolished slum clusters highlights the emerging processes and trends. Some of its findings question the stated principle of the Delhi slum policy, namely, the removal and relocation of squatter settlements only when the land is required to implement projects in the "larger public interest'.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notices to the Delhi Government, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the Commissioner of Industries, Delhi State Industrial Development Corporation on a petition by a businessman seeking directions for an immediate handing over of an industrial plot to him at Bawana in South Delhi. Issuing the notices, Justice G.S. Sistani directed the respondents to file replies to the petition by September 6. The petitioner, Subhash Chand Jain, submitted that he ran an assembling unit of electrical goods at Shastri Nagar in North-East Delhi.

The recently concluded world food summit observed that urban populations are likely to be more exposed to rising food prices than their rural counterparts: they are more likely to consume staple foods derived from tradable commodities and are less likely to produce a significant share of their own food or produce for sale. Anticipating this, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has been advocating urban and peri-urban agriculture

The Forum for Sustainable Development, (FSD), engaged in advocating sustainable development, has asked the government to evaluate the Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), its impact on the society, environment and public safety before its launch, said forum convenor of the coastal areas, Mr S. Bhujanga Rao.

Rapid urbanization causes disorganized and uplanned growth of towns and cities. The pressure of an ever growing population becomes a burden on the limited civic amenities which are virtually collapsing. Asymmetrical growth of urban centres consumes agricultural land adjacent to these, resulting in lower agricultural productivity.

Level of urbanization has been increasing in India since the last five decades. This trend is likely to continue in the near future. More people will become city residents, increased number of people will have to necessarily live on a limited amount of developed land. In this context, people will demand more housing and everything else associated with urban living including modern physical and social infrastructure. These facilities will be provided with intense use of technology. This urban condition could have devastating climatic and sustainability consequences.

In the study, geospatial tools were employed for quantifying changes in the spatial extent of fragile ecosystems of some of the world's most famous lakes and wetlands located in the suburbs of Srinagar.