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International practices in road safety and potential lessons for India

June 30, 2016 Benedicta Isaac-Kumar

The years 2011-2020 have been designated as the Decade of Action for Road Safety by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is a global acknowledgement of the gravity of road safety issues across the world and the lives being lost to it. Internationally, road accidents kill as many people as the major pandemics, malaria and TB[1] .

Questioning Development: Reflections From a Field Visit to Ponneri

June 16, 2016 Magdalena Cooper, Intern

Ponneri is currently a small town located north of Chennai which lies in the middle of lush fields and numerous water bodies. However, all of this will soon change. Last Saturday a colleague and I were able to go visit some of the areas around the planned smart city of Ponneri and envision the drastic changes that this area will undergo if the development plan goes through.

Citizen Engagement, Inclusivity, and the Smart Cities Mission

In 2015,the Modi government announced that 100 cities had been shortlisted to compete for funds under a new urban development initiative called the Smart Cities Mission. Since then, 20 cities, including Chennai, have won the first round of funds based on their proposals for smart projects in their city.  The idea of a smart city is a global idea with no universally accepted definition.

Mining road traffic accidents data for insights

May 20, 2016 Kaushik Ganesh, Intern

            The WHO ‘Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015’ states that nearly 1.25 million people around the world die each year due to road traffic accidents.[1] Developing countries like India account for almost 90% of such accidents.[2] Recognizing that road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in several countries, the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety

TN Slum Clearance Board through the lens of CAG’s audit report – Part I

CAG finds TNSCB in violation of the TN Slums Act

 

A post-eviction scene at a slum in Ennore, Chennai. Undeclared slums like this are frequently subjected to forced evictions in contravention of human rights and national and international laws. Photo Courtesy: Jacintha Chitra, Researcher, Citizen consumer and civic Action Group

Re-prioritising citizenship

As part of CAG's 30 year celebrations, we hosted a panel discussion on smart citizenship to discuss various dangers that policies such as Smart Cities and other information and communication technologies (ICT) initiatives are fraught with. Sometimes the benefits of collecting and making data open can be understood in different ways, or are conflicting or may even have undesired effects. Transparency, for instance, could mean both, the public availability of data or the ability of citizens to engage with the government in decision making processes.

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