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Giving Poor Consumers Greater Voice in India: An experience sharing of the quantitative survey conducted in Royapuram, Chennai

CAG, in association with Consumers International (CI), is presently working on a project, “Giving Poor Consumers Greater Voice in India”. The main objective of the project is to bring about behavioral change in a low-income community (Model Lane community, Royapuram),

Cleaning Chennai’s Waterways - One Detailed Project Report at a time

A WhatsApp forward came the other day. The provenance was unknown and information scanty. It consisted of an image announcing a meeting under the aegis of CRRT (Chennai River Restoration Trust, a government-owned trust) and TNUIFSL (Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Ltd, a Public Limited Company).

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.

Reading Between The Lines: an analysis of media reports on road accidents

February 12, 2016 Poornima Chandran, Researcher

In 2014, Tamil Nadu had the highest number of road accidents in the country and the highest number of deaths. Media reports invariably say that Indian roads are considered some of most dangerous in the world. Considering all these alarming stories on the low level of road safety in India, I thought it would be interesting to look at how public opinion is shaped on the issue of road accidents and road safety. I looked at 204 print media articles on road safety in Tamil Nadu, in English and Tamil, that were published between October and December 2015.

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