Author Archives: Akanksha Saluja

An Inclusive Approach for Urban Poor

Working with the approach of including urban poor and vulnerable communities in the planning and decision making processes, CHF International has definitely made an attempt to develop more resilient cities around the world. I read an article by David Weiss … Continue reading

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A grass-root level innovation to make power affordable

In the process of reaching out to experts, I interviewed Mr. Sushil Kumar Srivastava, who is the general Manager of Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL). Tata Power Delhi Distribution used community development initiatives in slum clusters to enhance its revenues, … Continue reading

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A Collaborative Approach to Water Management

The growing demand for water, its dwindling supply, mismanagement of water resources, and water pollution, all of it together has led to a state of crisis. In order to solve this outstanding challenge of ensuring equitable distribution of drinking water … Continue reading

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Spot-Fixing to Clean Up the City?

I came across an article that talks about a brilliant initiative taken up in Bangalore by a group called ‘The Ugly Indian’ that has shouldered the responsibility to clean the dirt and filth in the city. We just need to … Continue reading

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Exploring the Water and Health Nexus

I came across a study conducted by the Bhalaswa Lok Shakti Manch and Hazards Centre recently, to assess the potability of the groundwater in areas that surround the Bhalaswa landfill site. Bhalaswa, in north eastern Delhi spread over 21.06 acres … Continue reading

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What really makes a city ‘Smart’?

Lately, I have been researching the concept of smarter cities since we will address this at the fourth edition of the Design Public Conclave to be held in November this year, wherein, we will carry forward from the Smarter Cities … Continue reading

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MicroGrids: A sustainable alternative?

I came across an article: “Microgrids: The Way of the Future?”, that interestingly captures the relevance of the smart-grid concept that we are trying to develop in our fourth edition of the Design Public Conclave. Under the current scenario of … Continue reading

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Sustainable Power Generation

Despite a sea change in rural connectivity and the dramatic unfolding of a mobile revolution in India over this past decade, the number of households with access to electricity remains dismally low. The conventional grid is unable to meet the … Continue reading

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Innovations to Secure Water Supplies

In a previous blogpost, we discussed the water situation in India, which is one of the four challenge tracks for the Design Public Conclave to be held in November this year. Under the broad theme of ‘Equitable Water’ we decided … Continue reading

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India in a Liminal Phase?

I came across an interesting article, “New ‘census’ towns showcase new India” that made me ponder over the direction where India is heading. Through the study of the Saraon village, eastern Uttar Pradesh, it shows how the process of urbanization … Continue reading

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