Settlements and Transport

Human settlements with sustainability, equity, and fulfillment. Sustainable, equitable means including non-motorised and public transport

This features both rural and urban areas, and the search to make human settlements sustainable, equitable, and fulfilling places to live and work in. This includes: sustainable architecture, localized generation of basic infrastructural, water and energy needs, urban biodiversity conservation, waste/garbage minimisation and recycling, efficiency and frugality in the use of these basics, the defense and revival of common and open spaces, participatory budgeting and planning of settlements.

We would also like to include stories of sustainable, equitable means of transport that can be accessed by all and that do not create ecological and social problems as is the case with a focus on privatized motorized transport. Stories on the promotion of public transport, cycling, walking, human/animal powered and other forms of ecologically sustainable and equitable transportation, planning for equitable access, reclaiming the roads and parking lots for public use, and so on, are featured.

Expensive, elitist models that may be ecologically sustainable but are not relevant for most people, are likely to be avoided here.

In Ahmednagar, residents of a slum design their own homes

"... Just asking the communities that they are building for, how is it that they imagine their home to look?”

The man who speaks with his heart

Nazar Bandhu, a native of Muvattupuzha, who leads the village of Chakla in West Bengal to self-sufficiency through Zero Foundation.

PMC’s rooftop organic terrace garden project inaugurated in Kalyani Nagar’s Joggers Park

Pune Municipal Corporation’s Vadgaon Sheri ward office took an initiative to develop a rooftop terrace garden at the local Joggers Park, with the involvement of local residents.

Car-free Shimla

Activating and transforming the civic sensibilities around the issue of keeping Shimla car-free, and thereby, empowered the arguments favouring the car-free policy in the court.

Punekars Are Keen On Reducing Air Pollution In The City Through Sustainable Mobility

“Our survey is a good indicator that people are willing to switch to walking cycling and riding a bus; all they want is robust, reliable and people-friendly infrastructure."

Towards making Pune a no-waste city

The small steps taken in the form of individual projects can readily scale up to cover neighbourhoods across multiple cities

Fazilka Ecocab: Changing the face of cycle rickshaw

In the age of climate action, cycle rickshaws are truly ecological mode of mobility and have potential to create meaningful, green livelihoods in cities and towns.

The Art of Getting by – COVID-19 and Self-reliance

How a spontaneous switch to a barter economy saved a little hamlet in the Sundarbans during lockdown

महामारी में फुटपाथ की जिंदगी (in Hindi)

दिल्ली के हाशिये पर रहनेवाले जरूरतमंद लोगों का दुख-दर्द साझा किया, उनके भोजन, राशन और इलाज में मदद की।