19 states suffer the world’s worst blackout for 48 hrs. An impending drought situation threatens the already precarious water situation in the country. The country’s best touted “Millenium City” can provide sewage and sanitation services to only a third of its population.
Critical challenges? Yes.
Among the greatest challenges facing governments today across the world is rapid urbanization and increasing poverty. It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. By 2030 that figure is projected to rise to two-thirds. In India, which is considered a largely agrarian society, about half of its population will be largely “urban” by 2050.
Rapid urbanization without adequate planning will be characterized by lack of basic services, substandard housing, overcrowding, hazardous locations, lack of employment, insecurity of tenure and social exclusion, beginning signs of all that we are already beginning to witness.
Is it time to panic? We believe it is definitely time to think…and act. The Indian Institute for Human Settlements aims at training these practitioners to address India’s complex urban challenges and create more equitable, inclusive, sustainable, secure and prosperous settlements. Join us in our conversations to “Transform Challenges into Opportunities in Urban Development”.
Time: Friday, 10th August 2012 at 6:00 PM
Venue: IIHS Campus Bangalore | Tharangavana, D/5,12th Cross | Rajamahal Vilas Extension | Bangalore – 560080
To RSVP, please use the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/251946001574606/