February 3, 2020

Budget 2020 ticked infra boxes, but missed some too

Neethu Nair and Aiswarya Krishnan The Union finance minister in her Budget speech reiterated the government’s commitment to Rs 103 lakh-crore of investment for the infrastructure sector, as underlined in the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP). Earlier, the Economic Survey 2019-20 […]
January 31, 2020

“Silver line”semi high speed corridor : Is it worth the money?| #CityBeats

Recently the centre approved Rs. 56443 crores for semi-high speed rail corridor between Trivandrum and Kasaragod for easier and faster commutation. In this episode of City Beats, Dr Dhanuraj (Chairman- CPPR) and Aiswarya Krishan (Project Associate, CPPR-Centre for Urban Studies) […]
January 31, 2020

Govt must not lower its guard on infrastructure

Infrastructure development has been a major focus of the incumbent government. This sentiment was reflected in the Budget speech by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in July 2019 when she announced investment worth Rs 100 lakh-crore for the sector for five […]
January 8, 2020

Kochi Metro to observe Public Transport day on every Friday

With the aims to promote uses of public transport and curb vehicular pollution in the city, the Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) has planned to observe Public Transport Day on every Friday of the week starting from January 3, 2020. […]
January 6, 2020

Where to park? Ask Kochiites

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comment in a article published in The New Indian Express on the parking woes in the city. He comments ” The ideal solution would be to deploy hop-on and hop-off services like autorickshaws and mini-vans […]
December 30, 2019

Interstate Bus Service: Opportunities and Challenges

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is conducting a study to identify the issues and challenges in interstate bus services, which hinder economic freedom and ease of doing business in the public transport sector. The study will culminate in a conference, which […]
December 30, 2019

Preparation of a Mobility Improvement Plan along North-South Railway Station corridor in Kochi

Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) is the local consultant for the project Preparation of a Mobility Improvement Plan along North-South Railway Station corridor in Kochi, in collaboration with Suez Consulting. The project aims at improving the connectivity between Ernakulam […]
December 23, 2019

The Planned Chaos of Erode City

B Chandrasekaran Unsound Cities Out of 100 big cities in India, 10 cities are in the State of Tamil Nadu (Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, Tiruchirappalli, Tirupur, Erode, Thirunalveli, Vellore and Thoothukkudi) in terms of population size with four lakhs and […]
December 16, 2019

City roads should be transformed into public spaces

The miserable condition of the city roads can be solved to an extent with improved construction methods and better coordination between the agencies concerned. But roads are not just for vehicles to travel. They should also cater to the needs of […]
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 […]
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