SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Udaipur ponders the impacts of tourism

The rapid growth of the industry has brought jobs and prosperity, but also threatens the city's lakes and hills. A new way forward is needed, with emphasis on sustainability and conservation.

#Biodiversity #Tourism #RAJASTHAN
ECONOMIC POLICY
Third generation of reforms needed

Adequate attention has not been given to strengthening the government in performing key functions, directly or through public authorities. Reforms to address this are now needed.

#Government #OP-ED
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Delhi Metro hit hard by limited operations

With ridership down, DMRC's annual losses, which had already been growing each year, have ballooned. Non-fare revenues are low, and the company's obligations to repay loans are looming.

#Cities #Transport
FOSSIL ENERGY
Should old coal plants be retired?

The decision is neither straightforward nor uniform. A nuanced view is needed to select the ones that can be closed profitably, and more importantly to stop too many new ones coming up.

#Climate #Energy
COST OF COVID
Economic consequences of lockdowns

Policy-makers are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of more waves of covid. High-frequency, night-time light data from last year's lockdown provides some answers.

#Public Health
FEDERALISM
States need their own development models

Our federal nation will always have different models of growth that suit local aspirations. State governments can distinguish themselves by asking what this means for each one of them.

#Government
RESILIENT POWER SUPPLY
Keeping the lights on for development
RESILIENT POWER SUPPLY : Keeping the lights on for development

In climate-vulnerable areas, the solutions proposed for electricity supply to development facilities must include technical, economic and organisational considerations.

#Climate #Energy
PRODUCTIVITY
Air pollution takes a toll on businesses

The quality of the air in our cities is reducing the productivity of companies, and diminishing consumer demand. Businesses must advocate and support efforts to tackle this.

#Public Health #Urban Environment
URBAN PLANNING
The way forward for Mumbai Metro's new lines

Thirty five kilometers of mass transit are about to be added to Mumbai Metro. Applying an economic development lens would help in the planning of areas around these upcoming lines.

#Cities #Transport #MAHARASHTRA
NON-MOTORISED TRANSPORT
A new law needed for active mobility
NON-MOTORISED TRANSPORT : A new law needed for active mobility

We cannot build a city for athletic young people and motor vehicles alone. Affirmative action for non-motoridsed transport is needed to set a clear course for an inclusive and practical imagination of our cities.

#Cities #Transport
ENERGY SECURITY
Rural LPG: On the back burner
ENERGY SECURITY : Rural LPG: On the back burner

The distribution of LPG to rural households is far from satisfactory. A comprehensive review of the performance and accountability of different institutions in the supply chain is needed.

#Energy #Health
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
ESG: A lot more S needed
CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY : ESG: A lot more S needed

The social responsibility of companies is a lot more than a CSR program. It is also more than a mere Human Resources tool for employers to improve relations with employees.

#Labour Issues #OP-ED #Society
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS
Vulnerable to more than the virus
LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS : Vulnerable to more than the virus

The Working Peoples' Charter on Coronavirus Crisis in India lists a number of steps necessary to ensure that the likely disruption to the lives and livelihoods of millions of vulnerable people is thoughtfully addressed.

#Labour Issues #Livelihoods #Health
RAILWAY FARES
IR faces more than money troubles

In a squeeze between dwindling freight revenues and large subsidies to its passengers, Indian Railways has very little room for wriggle. But the fare hike on 1 January 2020 is only a small step, and will not by itself set things right.

#Public Funds #Transport
CLEAN POWER
The road to a green economy

Is India likely to hit the ambitious targets set for the growth of renewable power generation? A compilation of data from different sources by the Prayas Energy Group shows what's working well and where greater efforts are needed.

#Energy
PUBLIC COMPANIES
Will splitting Coal India help?
PUBLIC COMPANIES : Will splitting Coal India help?

Given the changing landscape of energy production and consumption in the country, splitting Coal India into smaller entities can only be successful if a number of other steps are also taken, according to a recent Brookings Institution report.

#Energy
TAX REVENUES
Month-wise GST collections

The monthly log of Goods and Services Tax collections by the government, since the introduction of the tax in mid-2017. This page will be updated each month, as new data is published.

#Public Funds
SURPLUS POWER
Is RE becoming too much of a good thing?

As the share of renewable energy rises, it brings with it new challenges. Going forward, the management of surplus power will be critical, says a new report from the Brookings Institute.

#Energy
INLAND WATERWAYS
National waterways in need of a new course

The Centre gears up to turn the Kosi and Gandak rivers into commercial waterways. Shripad Dharmadhikary and the Manthan team report on findings from a recent visit to the region.

#Environment #BIHAR
INDIAN RAILWAYS
Rail link to coal is becoming unsustainable

In a changing landscape for power production and transmission, Indian Railways and the Government will need to make new choices, says a new report from Brookings India.

#Energy #Public Funds #Transport
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Incandescent bulbs continue to flicker

Recent research by the Prayas Energy Group shows that notwithstanding a big spike in demand for LEDs in recent years, more steps are needed to phase out incandescent bulbs.

#Energy #Environment
TEESTA STAGE III HEP
Violating laws, making losses, damaging environment

Teesta Urja’s penchant for getting into trouble and illegalities continues unabated. Soumik Dutta reports.

#Environment #SIKKIM
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
Major problems of our time are all interconnected

Recently Darryl D’Monte interviewed the famous physicist Fritjof Capra at the annual meet of Greenaccord international environmental journalists in Italy. Here he reports on Capra’s separate remarks about the environment, along with quotes from his books and blogs.

#Environment #Society

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