Centre for Urban Studies

September 5, 2019

A single agency should be in charge of roads in city limits

Potholes on the roads have become an annual affair for Kochi, one of the leading metropolises in India. The recent Palarivattom flyover fiasco demands the audit of road repair works done in the past 10 years to find out the […]
April 1, 2019

India is staring at a water crisis and no politician is talking about it

The summer of 2019 is not only heated up by the intense general election campaign but also by the above average temperature forecasted in many parts of India. Even though the agrarian distress has been a major campaign issue, the […]
March 25, 2019

Who is going to bell the cat?

The black money trail in election campaigns has been a widely discussed topic in India over the decades. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has shared its concerns about the role played by big corporate houses, anonymous donors and foreign […]
February 6, 2019

CPPR Brief: Kerala Metropolitan Transport Authority Bill 2018

As a policy research organization, the CPPR-Centre for Urban Studies with expertise in urban mobility and transport has been researching and working on the various issues and challenges in the urban transport space. CPPR presents here a brief on the […]
November 12, 2018

Inland water transportation is the next big thing in green cargo

The development of inland waterways will help in the protection and conservation of waterways and canals. It will complement the SAGARMALA project, which envisions to build 10 economic zones spanning 300-500 square kilometres. The flagging off of the PepsiCo’s 16 […]
September 11, 2018

How Floods Uncovered the Truly Liberal Spirit of Keralites

Kerala has witnessed a disaster of an unprecedented nature in a century. The timely action and response in the aftermath of the floods has helped to arrest the death toll. The state government machinery geared up their coordination activities to […]
January 19, 2018

Kerala Tourism – The Role of the Government and Economic Impacts

Executive Summary Kerala tourism has won several national and international recognitions, mainly due to the region’s picturesque beauty and state’s responsible tourism projects. Based on the tourism policy documents of the central and state governments, the Kerala tourism model is […]
October 30, 2017

Defending Decentralisation in Kerala: Probing the Autonomy of Kerala’s Urban Local Bodies

Kerala is one of the few states in the country considered to have taken serious efforts in transferring powers to Local Self Government (LSG) institutions for strengthening the decentralisation process. The high rate of urbanisation in the state calls for […]
July 17, 2017

The Right to Walk

With the exponential growth in the number of personal vehicles in Kerala in the last two decades, the pedestrian sidewalks started disappearing from our cities at an alarming rate. Most of the discussions on urban mobility have focussed on motorised […]
June 12, 2017

Evaluation of the Effects of Tariff Hikes on Indian Aluminium Industry

Study done by Lekshmi R Nair and D Dhanuraj of CPPR, to evaluate the effect of tariff hikes on Indian aluminium industry. Highlights of the study are: High tariffs on imported aluminium products, raw materials and aluminium scrap constrain consumption […]
November 7, 2016

A Stagnant Agriculture in Kerala: The Role of the State

Given the significant decline in agricultural production in Kerala in the last few decades, this paper elucidates how government policies and protective practices have created distortions in the agricultural market, hampering the growth of agriculture in the state. The distortions […]
October 25, 2016
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KSRTC Doldrums: Is there a Way Out?

The debt-ridden Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) repeatedly finding a space in the regional media is no longer a surprise for the people of Kerala. The day-to-day functioning of this public sector undertaking is limping due to inefficiency, inferior […]
August 23, 2016

The fakeness (stupidity?) of the Vyttila junction traffic arrangement

Vyttila Junction, the busiest in Kerala has been experiencing severe traffic congestion for the last few days. D Dhanuraj comments in his blog post the lack of data and planning from the decision makers side while going for ad-hoc arrangements […]
June 4, 2016

Common Man’s Clothing – Effects of Taxes and Tariffs

The discriminatory tax policies and the higher tariffs imposed on Man-Made Fibres (MMF) in India compared to cotton, have resulted in the availability of MMF to the manufacturers at non competitive prices, compared to the competing countries. This has also […]
May 18, 2016

Unbecoming of exit polls for Kerala

Dr D Dhanuraj, Chairman of Centre for Public Policy Research; writes about the various exit polls on the back drop of Kerala Assembly Election 2016 Read more about this in our blog Unbecoming of exit polls for Kerala