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


    Liveability of Indian cities: Turning urban legend into reality

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  • energy access

    Policy Brief

    Making Indian Cities Energy Smart

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    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


    Lost & Found - The Future We Want

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    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 4, 2019
to November 8, 2019

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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Mainstreaming City Resilience Strategies

September 25, 2019
to September 26, 2019

TERI is organising a session, on how cities can embed resilience within their urban planning, on September 25 at 'The Resilient Cities We Need' event.

IndoAfghan TechCamp on Sustainable Urbanization

July 22, 2019
to July 24, 2019

The U.S. Department of State, UN-Habitat India and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) are organizing TechCamp Mumbai: Designing our Urban Future from July 22 - 24, 2019, in The Hilton hotel, Mumbai, India. An initiative of the U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai, and the U.S.

Australia-India Knowledge Exchange Workshop on 'Smart Energy Management'

March 29, 2019
to March 29, 2019

Rapid urbanization is one of the key drivers for the increasing energy demand and consumption. As cities face a series of complex and interconnected challenges related to rapid urbanization, climate change and energy management, there needs to be a better understanding for addressing these challenges. To this end, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia, have an existing collaboration on the thematic area of Sustainable Habitats and Cities, with a focus on energy management, energy efficiency and local climate action.

National Conference on the 'Five year journey of The RFCTLARR Act, 2013: The way forward'

October 25, 2018
to October 26, 2018

Land Acquisition Act, 2013: Defining approaches for a sustainable land procurement regime


TERI aids UNSW to establish urban living labs in India

April 3, 2019 |
April 3, 2019
Business Standard

TERI recently released its smart energy policy brief for cities at the fourth Australia-India Knowledge Exchange event held at University of New South Wales.

CM attends TERI Meet – The Voice of Sikkim

October 9, 2018 |
October 9, 2018
Sikkim News

The Chief Minister of Sikkim Mr Pawan Chamling presided over the inaugural session of The Eastern and Northeastern Region Policy Dialogue on "Making Liveable Cities: Challenges and Way Forward". Organized by TERI, the dialogue was held primarily to bring together policy makers, academicians and experts under one roof to discuss and deliberate upon the various challenges faced by broadening urban development and its hazards on the environment.

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.

Reasons why Indian roads are dangerous, other than bad driving

October 16, 2018 |
January 16, 2018
The Times of India

Vadodara and Thiruvananthapuram seem to be more pedestrian friendly than many metros as less than 10% of the footpaths in these cities are encroached on, a field audit carried out for the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety has indicated. On the other hand, Rajkot, Ahmedabad and Hisar are at the bottom with more than 80% of the total footpath length in these cities encroached upon.


Making Liveable Cities: Challenges and Way Forward for India

October 25, 2018

More than 40% of India's population is expected to reside in its urban centres by 2050 (UNDESA, 2014). While these rapidly expanding urban centres in India are seen as the engines of economic growth, they also face tremendous pressures on their civic infrastructure systems and issues of environmental degradation, air pollution, and increasing frequency of climate-induced events and disasters. It is, thus, now critical to relook at the ways in which we manage these challenges for enhancing the liveability of cities.

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