Centre for Urban Studies

December 4, 2019

Needed: Route numbers for buses

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments, “the numbering system can be introduced only after route rationalisation. The latter includes identifying existing routes, new roads and the public transport traversing through new routes.” in a article published in the New Indian […]
November 21, 2019

City roads demand more than just carriageway

The miserable condition of the city roads can be solved to an extent with improved construction technology and better coordination of responsible agencies. But it does not end here. Roads are not just a medium for vehicles to travel but […]
November 19, 2019

Is Kochi Corporation solely accountable for waterlogging in the city?

Recently, the Kerala High court pulled up the Kochi Municipal Corporation for being ‘inactive’ and held it responsible for the waterlogging that happened in the city. Is the Municipal Corporation solely accountable for it? The article looks into it and […]
November 18, 2019

Make the bus day count

Kochi Public Transport Day a initiative by CPPR to promote use of promote the use of public transport system featured in a news article published in the Hindu on relevance and need of Bus Day Usually, Bus Day in Chennai […]
November 14, 2019

MG Road in Kochi awaits redemption

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The New Indian Express on the present condition of MG road. KOCHI: Once a shopper’s paradise with an array of shops and restaurants, MG Road was a primary […]
November 13, 2019

Is Kochi Municipal Corporation accountable for massive waterlogging in the city? | #CityBeats

Recently the Kerala High court blamed the Kochi Municipal Corporation for being “inactive” and held them responsible for the water logging happening in the city. But should the Municipal Corporation be solely accountable for it? In this video our team […]
November 11, 2019

Silver Line economically feasible, says KRDCL MD

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a article written in the Hindu on the proposed semi-high-speed rail corridor project (named Silver Line) The Kerala Rail Development Corporation (KRDCL) is confident that the ₹66,405-crore Thiruvananthapuram-Kasaragod semi-high-speed rail corridor project (named […]
November 5, 2019


CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The Times of India Kochi recently figured among the top 10 cities for tourists to visit in 2020, in a ranking published by an international travel magazine. It […]
October 30, 2019

How Can Congestion Pricing Solve Traffic Woes?

The term ‘congestion pricing’ is used to describe a distance, area or cordon-based road user charging policy around congested areas to reduce the use of private vehicles and increase the use of public transportation. Congestion pricing is also known as […]
October 28, 2019

CPM welcomes govt decision to rebuild Palarivattom flyover by DMRC

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The New Indian Express on the govt decision to rebuild Palarivattom flyover CPM leaders who criticised the previous UDF government alleging corruption in the Palarivattom flyover construction have […]
October 26, 2019

Lack of Coordination is the Key Challenge

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in Malayalam Newspaper Madhyamam on the recent flooding in Ernakulam city. This article was published on October 26, 2019
October 25, 2019

Event Report: Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development

During 2016, 2017 and 2018, prominent institutions from Germany and India conducted several Indo-German workshops in India that focus on the potentials and the challenges of the concept of smart cities. These events have been coordinated by the Heidelberg University […]
October 24, 2019

Operation Breakthrough Alone can’t save Kochi

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news report published in The New Indian Express. On Monday, the overnight incessant downpour flooded the city, leading to ‘Operation Breakthrough’, helmed by the district administration. Within four hours, with effective coordination […]
October 17, 2019

Smart Cities Mission Requires Smart People: Dr M Ramachandran

Transcript of the Keynote address delivered by Dr M Ramachandran, former Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, at the “Smart Cities Workshop: Sustainable Urban Development” held in Kochi on September 20, 2019.The workshop was organised by South […]
October 11, 2019

Powering Kerala’s Electric Vehicles

India is set to move further towards an automobile industry that is primarily electricity powered. The government has introduced certain initiatives in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint in India’s mobility scenario by 2030 and electric vehicles (EVs) are […]