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Antiquated rules that stem from British rule of India limit the authority of mayors in ways that could undermine the new prime minister’s vision for urban development, Bloomberg reports.
Urbanist Sanjeev Sanyal writes in India Today that smart cities must contain “smart slums” that enable social and financial mobility for the poor.
The Japanese government will fund projects designed to improve the transit, energy and infrastructure of Indian cities, the Economic Times and India Today report.
From the slums of Delhi to poor rural villages, lack of indoor plumbing creates health hazards and safety risks for Indians, The Economist reports.
India’s new prime minister is pursuing a two-pronged urbanization strategy that involves building new cities and improving existing ones, the Economic Times reports.
Narendra Modi brought electricity and investment to Gujurat, but failed to get a planned city built, the Washington Post reports.