Centre for Urban Studies

September 24, 2019

Need to make smart city mission citizen-centric felt

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Devdiscourse on September 21, 2019.
September 24, 2019

Smart cities need smart people to run them

News report on the Smart Cities Workshop Sustainable Urban Development published in the Deccan Chronicle on September 21, 2019.
September 19, 2019

Palarivattom flyover reconstruction: Traffic, environmental concerns ahead for Kochi

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in an article published in The News Minute on the reconstruction of the Palarivattom flyover. What does the reconstruction of the flyover mean for the motorists of Kochi who are already suffering because of […]
September 17, 2019

A bus corridor on the anvil for Kochi

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments “Getting a space exclusively for buses may not be easy due to space issues in Kochi”, in news article published in The New Indian Express on the proposed bus priority corridor with IoT (Internet […]
September 16, 2019

Needed hefty fine and better infrastructure: Road safety experts

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments the government should create awareness among public before imposing the hiked penalty in a news article published in The Times of India related to Motor Vehicles (amendment) Act 2019 As the state government is […]
September 16, 2019

Free cycles? No thanks, not in Kochi

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The Times of India on challenges cycle share scheme will face due to the lack of cycling ecosystem in Kochi Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), which opened an […]
September 7, 2019

Potholes to burn Rs 90 crore hole in motorists’ purse during Onam

CPPR Chairman, Dr D Dhanuraj comments on the fuel cost and lost man hours caused by potholes and traffic congestion within the city in a news article published in The Times of India. Potholes in Kochi city will cost vehicle […]
September 6, 2019

Kochi metro Thykoodam Stretch: Will this be a game changer for commuters? | #CityBeats

New stretch of Kochi metro to Thykoodam was inaugurated recently. Can it increase the ridership of Kochi Metro? Will this be a game changer for the commuters of Kochi? Also will this take us closer to the dream of an […]
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 […]
September 2, 2019

Much to cheer about Kochi Metro extension to Thykoodam

Dr D Dhanuraj Chairman, CPPR comments in a news article published in The New Indian Express related to the Metro extension to Thykoodam The service will help people avoid the traffic snarls at  Vyttilla, Elamkulam and Kadavanthra In two days, […]
August 31, 2019

Kochi tram project gets a fillip, but apprehensions remain

In a article published in The New Indian Express D Dhanuraj, chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research, comments in Kochi the Bus Rapid Transit System will work. While the Water Metro Project focuses exclusively on West Kochi, trams along the […]
August 27, 2019

MG Road needs creative solutions to save business

Merchants Blame Lack Of Adequate Parking Space For Loss Of Business MG Road is no longer the shopping destination it once used to be, and merchants are blaming it on the ‘lack of adequate parking space’ for the loss of […]
August 27, 2019

GST has made tobacco products only marginally costlier

Before the introduction of GST, many States levied value added tax (VAT) on the price inclusive of excise duty. With the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) in 2017, all tobacco products — cigarettes, bidis and smokeless — attract the […]
August 27, 2019

Why Kochi’s own MG Road losing is business activity? | #CityBeats

City Beats Video Series dissects Urban Issues from CPPR researcher’s perspective. Be it a pothole or a broken flyover, what we see are just symptoms of deeper public policy issues. This time we talk about why Kochi’s own MG Road […]
August 26, 2019

Kerala needs to raise bar in disaster resilience: US expert

Governments across the world are looking at building resilient structures to counter the destruction caused by sudden change in climate triggered by nature and human interferences. “We, in the US too face disasters, which lead to loss of life and […]