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Latest Articles in urbanization

The Saga of our Inner Cities

The social and cultural homogeneity of inner cities is transforming with erstwhile traditional occupations and enterprises fast vanishing together with the displacement of communities practising those occupations.

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“Indian citizens currently own 4 per cent of Aldar’s sold units.”

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Aldar Properties PJSC is a leading real estate developer in UAE. On a recent trip to India as a part of a real estate delegation from Abu Dhabi, Maan Al Awlaqi, Executive Director Commercial, Aldar Properties PJSC spoke to Manali Jaggi of BW SmartCities about the company’s role in shaping and enhancing the urban fabric of the UAE’s capital city and the strong bond India and UAE share based on their cultural, religious and economic ties.

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Stainless Steel: The optimum solution for modernizing India

A smart city relies heavily on its automotive, railway and transport (ART) sector. Having a high strength to weigh ratio and being resistant to impact and temperature shocks, stainless steel is an ideal choice for vehicle exhausts, bus bodies, fuel tanks, and railway coach and wagon bodies.

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Urban Resilience – a collaborative approach

To build resilience in Indian cities, we must promote responsive governance, participatory management, evidence-based and integrated planning and convergence in implementation.

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“Safe and Smart Cities Is No Longer A Choice, It Is An Imperative”, Puri

Speaking at BW Businessworld Smart & Safe Cities Conclave in New Delhi recently, Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs said, “Building smart and safe is no longer a natural choice for us, it is an imperative. Urbanization in India is taking place at a very fast and worrying pace. There is no point in lamenting that pace because urbanization will take place. Already 65 per cent of our GDP comes from the urban spaces, more than 90 per cent of our tax returns come from urban areas. 17 per cent of Indian population was living in urban spaces in 1947, by 2030 we will have 600 million Indians living in urban spaces.”

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“Resilience is the ability of any city to cope with any disaster or stress that may come its way.”, Amit Prothi, Head of India National Strategy, 100RC

Resilient cities are the cities of today, tomorrow and future, but, the meaning of resilience is what needs to be understood in a whole new paradigm given the complexities surrounding the Indian cities. Talking about the recently announced initiative of 100 Resilient Cities (100 RC) by Rockfeller Foundation in collaboration with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), Amit Prothi, Head of India National Strategy, 100RC talks to Manali Jaggi of BW SmartCities about what the term resilience truly constitutes and the need to convene a broad base of all stakeholders in building strong partnerships with an intent of driving the urban resilience agenda at the national and state level.

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Can Public WiFi Spark India’s Digital Revolution?

Public WiFi is a springboard for the digital India story that is unfolding right here before us. Widespread Internet connectivity, growth in mobility, combined with India’s technological prowess, will soon envelop the nation with a digital footprint:

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No impact on property prices post GST

GST has provided some cushion to under construction projects and marginally brought down prices for affordable housing owing to the input tax credits, but we are yet to see a significant impact in the mid-sized or luxury space.

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ROBOTS – USHERING IN A NEW ERA IN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

The day is not far when robots working on project sites will become a common occurrence. Drones- which are already in use to an extent, will constantly scan sites to collect data, predict and solve problems before they arise.

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How software is an enabler for Smart Cities

It has been noted that to make a city smart, there’s first a need to understand the behaviour of a city’s assets: its citizens, economy and its environment, with the intent to make the ecosystem predictive and self sustainable.

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