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  • Bhavya Malhotra
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    More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of all humanity. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.
    Extreme poverty is often concentrated in urban spaces, and national and city governments struggle to accommodate the rising population in these areas. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements. It also involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive.
    Suggest methods with indicators by which this goal can be achieved?

    Mansi Gupta
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    With growing migration from rural to urban areas, the basic need of housing is at stake keeping in mind the swelling population of cities. With more population, there are more number of slums, illegal colonies with encroachment on surrounding lands. These areas are characterized by poverty, congestion, poor health and inadequate sanitation. With growing population, there is an additional need of travel to one place to another majorly from peri-urban and urban regions to main city for work leading to more pollution. In order to have sustainable cities few points mentioned below can be considered-
    COMPACT Cities – Compact cities can be a solution to such unsustainable urban problem. A compact city stresses on shorter distances between homes and urban services, higher residential density, walking or cycling and a sound public transport. Houses, schools, offices, hospitals, parks, shops etc. are all built in close quarters, or sometimes in the same buildings, to reduce travel time and distance.
    ENERGY EFFICIENCY -India’s energy demand is expected to grow by 132 percent by 2035. Hence, it goes without saying that energy efficiency should be high on our sustainability agenda. Introduction of energy-efficient air conditioners, irrigation pumps, lights and fans, equipment used in manufacturing and industry can cut down the country’s energy consumption. Insulating homes can also reduce the use of air conditioners or heaters by effectively blocking out heat in the summers and keeping it in during winters. Decentralisation of energy production will greatly add to the efficiency quest. A part of the energy is lost during transmission from remote areas through national grids. Carbon emissions are also high in this method of supply. Hence, producing energy locally, be it from renewable resources, fuel run engines or cogeneration, will be both cost-effective and eco-friendly in the long run.
    At last use of PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM should be a mandate

    Nidhi Mittal
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    Municipality of the city should first of all set a vision of the city it wishes to create.Then it should devise an action plan for achieving the vision .The third step includes development of indicators to monitor the progress of the plan. Finally, a reporting mechanisms should be put in place that will allow stakeholders and the community to follow up on the progress of the plan.

    The indicators for monitoring the above goal of Sustainable Cities can be grouped under the following headings:

    Economy
    Social
    Environment

    The indicators which are included in each of the above categories are mentioned in the link given below:
    http://sustainablecities.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/indicators-for-sustainability-intl-case-studies-final.pdf

    Shruti
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    Cities matter, now more than ever. They’re the engines that drive our economy. They’re hubs of innovation and creativity. They’re where we connect with each other—and with the world. In other words. Yet just as our cities work hard to attract the best and the brightest, care for their citizens and protect the environment, they must also address the challenges that come with a growing population and their problems. In many cities around the world, this means dealing with a limited supply of affordable housing, outdated infrastructure and crippling gridlock. And it means making our neighborhoods and communities more sustainable through reduced water consumption, diverted waste from landfills, and support to the green economy.
    Government should empower the infrastructure facility department to ensure the development on right path. I think this goal can be achieved by 2020.

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