Sumana Narayanan, Senior Researcher, CAG

PACK IT IN - Brand Audit 2022

Mon, 23/01/2023 - 13:37

The results of CAG's 2022 plastic brand audit are in! Find out who all have received the dubious distinction of making it to the Top 10! The brand audit is a citizen-science initiative anchored by #BreakFreeFromPlastic where plastic waste is gathered and audited to reveal those brands and manufacturers whose plastic packaging we found the most of.


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Rise, Fall, Repeat? The cycle over the ages

Tue, 10/01/2023 - 12:06

Today the cyclist is infra-dig unless one is dressed in lycra and riding a high-end cycle that costs more than a car and the reason for cycling is recreation or sport. The cycle as a mode of commute, then, is for the poor, for those who have no other option and such cyclists are not considered as having a right to the road. Yet this humble vehicle – a simple construct of two wheels, a chain, some cranks, pedals, and metal rods - was once considered to be the pinnacle of transportation.

Accessing Public Transport Information in Chennai

Wed, 28/12/2022 - 10:25

A study on how commuters in Chennai are accessing public transit information. Accurate, easy to access information on routes, fares, service and frequency of public transport services is key to promoting public transport. How does Chennai fare in this?

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The Anthropocene Hubris

Wed, 10/08/2022 - 09:58

Every now and again an article pops up telling us that the day is not far when humans will live on the Red Planet. This is not, the writers insist, something out of an Isaac Asimov book or the ramblings of a Star Trek fan. In my mind whether the human race is technologically close to achieving trans-planetary habitation is not the question as much as whether we should be trying to do this when we’ve been such poor stewards of planet Earth.

Reading between the lines: why listening to what commuters aren’t saying is important

Wed, 03/08/2022 - 10:08

It is a truth universally acknowledged that public transit in Chennai is fragmented, poor in service quality, and dying a slow death in the last two decades. Certainly the patronage numbers would support this with modal share dropping over the last few decades, concomitant with an increase in the modal share of private vehicles. 

Buckle Up! An assessment of helmet and seatbelt law compliance in Thiruvarur district

Fri, 15/07/2022 - 16:29

More than 50% of vehicle drivers in Thiruvarur district were found not adhering to the helmet and seatbelt laws, says a compliance audit conducted by CAG recently. With Tamil Nadu topping the charts for the highest number of annual road crashes consecutively for the fifth year in 2020, it is important to lookback, learn and redefine our road safety management practices. This study also recommends next steps for proactive enforcement and road safety management in districts of Tamil Nadu.

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An assessment of speeding concerns and their management in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Tue, 14/06/2022 - 12:56

“Two wheelers and cars speed upto 75 kmph in major arterial stretches of Chennai city” says a study by CAG that highlights the concerns of speed management in the city through evidence based cases. The report also outlines priority areas to reduce speeding threats. Read to know more!

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Voices of Pedestrians: National Pedestrians’ Conference

Tue, 05/04/2022 - 16:30

Bipedalism (standing upright on two feet) is considered the crucial marker of human evolution. Walking, whether on a pilgrimage or as a mode of protest (think Dandi or Selma), is invested with significance, with an aura, a purpose. The effort, the impetus behind walking, the motivation that propels these walks are recognised as something special.