With almost two decades of experience in urban development sector, we carry out policy analysis, capacity building, and urban planning to create sustainable, resilient and 'smarter' cities along the principles of low carbon development.



  • lighting billion lives


    Making our cities smart and resilient

    It is a long way to go before our cities meet the desired standards

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  • energy access


    Heat stress: Learning to adapt before it gets too hot

  • micro credit


    Urban Farming: The Navi Mumbai Eco-City project

    A look at Navi Mumbai's integrated planning and management programme that addresses social, ecological health of the city

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  • rural-energy


    Tales of Gorakhpur

    Path Towards a Climate-Resilient Future



    Securing our cities in the face of climate change

    Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat lead the way in developing urban resilience

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Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services

Ms Raina Singh

Identifying a Database Management System (DBMS) to support the Goa government to address the impacts of sea-level rise in its planning strategies

Urban Farming: The Navi Mumbai Eco-City project

Mr Prathmesh M Chourey

Eco–city broadly means a human settlement modelled on the self–sustaining structure and functioning of natural ecosystems. It is developed on the lines of integrated urban planning and management programmes addressing social and ecological health of the city.

Making our cities smart and resilient

Ms Raina Singh

As of Census 2011, there are 7,935 towns, 475 Urban Agglomerations (UA) and 981 outgrowths in the country. There are 468 Class- I UA/Towns that have a population of more than 100,000 residents and 53 UA/Towns housing a population of one million or above. Among the million-plus UA/Cities, there are three ‘Megacities’ with more than 10 million population (Census, 2011).


Training programmes on 'Social Impact Assessment, Resettlement and Rehabilitation'

November 26, 2018
to November 30, 2018

TERI has designed a five day training programme to equip stakeholders with the knowledge and skills required for compliance with the legal and procedural aspects of the Act and to address the community processes of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation.

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Regional Policy Dialogues on 'Making Liveable Cities'

September 19, 2018
to October 25, 2018

The series of Regional Policy Dialogues on 'Making Liveable Cities are being organised by TERI at an opportune policy juncture with support from the Royal Embassy of Denmark, India, and International Urban Cooperation, funded by European Union, in different cities in India in the upcoming months.

Capacity Building Workshop on 'Enhancing City Readiness on Solid Waste Management'

December 19, 2017
to December 20, 2017

TERI is the implementing partner of Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in India. CCAC, a global initiative under UNEP is working with stakeholders around the world to significantly reduce short lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) like methane, black carbon etc. across the municipal solid waste sector, bringing together cities, countries, and international organizations to implement sustainable waste management systems. The initiative in India is presently engaged with Chennai, Coimbatore, East Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Pune and Mumbai for solid waste management related activities.


Amaravati most sustainable capital: World Sustainable Development Summit 2018

February 19, 2018 |
February 28, 2018
The New Indian Express

In a boost to the development of the world-class capital city in Andhra Pradesh, the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2018 held in New Delhi from February 15-17 endorsed Amaravati as the World’s Most Sustainable Capital. The summit was organized by TERI, which has agreed to support developing green buildings and 100% pollution free environment in Amaravati.

Surat emerges as leading 'solar smart city' in country

January 19, 2018 |
February 12, 2018
The Times of India

Surat has emerged as the country's leading 'solar smart city' as per Akshay Urja, the bimonthly newsletter of the Ministry of New And Renewable Energy, Government of India. A recent article in Akshay Urja says that Surat  is among one of the few cities in India to have met the expectations in the field of renewable energy after the launch of 'Smart Cities Mission' by the government in 2015. The guidelines of the Ministry of Urban Development, which identified 100 smart cities in the country, said at least 10 per cent of the smart city's energy requirement should be met by solar power only.

TERI study maps out heat islands and urban canyons

January 19, 2018 |
February 12, 2018
The Hindu

While an increasingly concretised Bengaluru is warming up - longer, hotter summers with shorter winters- a report by TERI throws light on the complex factors that create 'Urban Heat Islands’, that is, facets of 'development' which see some areas heat up much more than others.


Road Map for Mainstreaming Urban Climate Resilience in Goa

July 26, 2016

This policy brief is based on the learning that emerged from The Energy and Resources Institute's (TERI) two-year long program on 'State-level policy engagement for mainstreaming urban climate resilience' in Goa and Uttarakhand, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation under its Asian Cities Climate Change Resilient Network (ACCCRN) initiative. ACCCRN—a 9-year initiative (2008–16)—has been instrumental in bringing forth the urban climate change resilience agenda to cities in Asia.

Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities: A Policy Perspective

October 9, 2014

Urban India has grown at an unprecedented rate in the last two decades. The level of urbanization increased from 25 per cent in 1991 to 31 per cent in 2011 with a total urban population of 377 million in 2011. A conservative estimate of India's population growth shows that it is expected to reach about 1.5 billion by 2031, of which the urban population is estimated to be about 600 million, i.e., about 40 per cent1.

Proliferation of Cars in Indian Cities: Let Us Not Ape the West

July 3, 2014

India currently has about 15 million cars, which is equivalent to 13 cars per 1,000 population. While this by itself is not high, it has to be noted that it is a national average and some cities like Delhi, Chennai, and Coimbatore have more than 100 cars per 1,000 population. Different estimates show that the number of cars in India will increase to about 35 cars per 1,000 population by 2025. This would amount to about 45-60 million cars on our roads and in some cities more than 300 cars per 1,000 population.


Project Monitoring Unit

We provide services to establish project monitoring cells to promote sustainability in broader spectrum of resources. The centre has set up vaious PMUs which include Sustainable Habitat cell in Vijayawada, ECBC cell in Odisha, ECBC cell in Punjab, ECBC cell in Haryana.


Area Convenor, Centre for Urban Planning and Governance
Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat