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.



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    Webinars Series on Mainstreaming Urban Climate Action

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    Mainstreaming urban resilience: Lessons from Indian cities

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    Fostering a sustainable urban future: Experiences from knowledge exchange workshops between India and Afghanistan

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    Liveability of Indian cities: Turning urban legend into reality

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Fostering a sustainable urban future: Experiences from knowledge exchange workshops between India and Afghanistan

Ms Bhavya Bogra

The current scenario in India and Afghanistan shows us that most of the population still lives in rural areas, but the trends are changing rapidly as people migrate towards urban and peri-urban areas. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), 55% of the world's population is residing in urban areas currently, with the proportion predicted to grow to 68% by 2050 (UNDESA, 2018).

Why Green Ratings for Buildings Matter?

Mr Santhosh Ramkumar

An exponential increase in the population over the past decade has led to the emergence of rapid urbanization as a key global trend of prominence and concern. It is expected that more than 40% of the Indian population will be dwelling in urban cities by 2030, and the total urban population of India is anticipated to hit the three quarters of a billion mark by 2050.

Liveability of Indian cities: Turning urban legend into reality

Ms Adishree Panda
Ms Palak Thakur

There is a need for identifying aspects of enhancing liveability that can be mainstreamed at the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) level, which can further transform the floating concept of 'liveability' into a tangible reality.

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).


Webinar on Impact of Climate Change on Cities

June 26, 2020
to June 26, 2020

The webinar has been postponed and revised date will be informed soon.

TERI, in collaboration with International Urban Cooperation (a programme supported by the European Union), proposes the design and delivery of a capacity building programme on ‘Mainstreaming Urban Climate Action’. The programme will include a webinars series that focus on building the capacity and knowledge of practitioners in urban local bodies (ULBs), early career researchers, and university students.

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

May 4, 2020
to May 8, 2020

Training programme has been postponed till further notice.

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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Urban Library on Strengthening Capacities for Sustainable Cities

February 11, 2020
to February 11, 2020

In the Government of India's strive towards enhancing the sustainability of Indian cities, collaboration between various stakeholders for exchange of knowledge, institutional cooperation and adaptation of global best practices becomes imperative. To this end, the Urban Library event titled "Strengthening Capacities for Sustainable Cities" at the World Urban Forum 10 from 8-13 February 2020, will be in the form of launch and dissemination of a knowledge product by TERI consisting of global urban solutions.

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.


Planning for a pandemic in cities: Who do we plan for first?

April 29, 2020
| Ms Adishree Panda
| Mr Janmejay Sahoo
| BW Smartcities

Modern-day regulations for the built environment, public utilities and, health systems that define the existing urban settlements emanated from the need to contain the spread of contagious diseases, such as cholera and typhus during the Industrial Revolution. However, reforms are needed to contain the spread of pandemics in the current complex urban systems, and to address the impact across critical sectors.

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.


Fostering a Sustainable Urban Future

March 25, 2020

With growing urbanization, sustainable development will continue to increasingly depend on the successful management of urban growth and natural resources. This discussion paper suggests recommendations to incorporate and adapt sustainable solutions in cities in India.

Mainstreaming urban resilience: Lessons from Indian cities

February 12, 2020

Building urban resilience is imperative for safeguarding urban investments and paving the way for a forward-looking, risk-aware, inclusive and integrated approach to sustainable urban development in India.

Making Indian Cities Energy Smart

March 29, 2019

Managing the energy footprint of cities is one of the most challenging goals, and with the evolution and transformation of existing cities into smart cities, smart energy management (SEM) becomes an integral component of this urban transformation.

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.


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.


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