Public transport usage to see decline after Covid-19 outbreak ends: Study
May 19, 2020 |
May 19, 2020
A perception study, based on a survey across 51 cities in the country from April 7 to 26 by TERI, revealed that 35% commuters are likely to change their mode of transport for work after the outbreak ends.
Learning from tragedy
May 5, 2020
| The Pioneer
COVID-19 has opened afresh discussions on the much-needed funds and facilities for the healthcare sector, the inequity in availability of resources across urban and rural India and their adequacy within these communities. It lays bare the need for feedback loops that inform and determine, on an ongoing basis, the adequacy or the lack of healthcare resources. Impending disasters from hazardous levels of pollution, rising temperature, threatened nutrient supply linked to climate change, do not conjure up a healthy future for India.
Planning for a pandemic in cities: Who do we plan for first?
April 29, 2020
| 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.
COVID-19 lockdown: Positive consequences for air quality
April 20, 2020
The COVID-19 outbreak led to a 21-day nationwide lockdown, beginning 22 March, that restricted the day-to-day movements of the mass population, greatly reducing daily traffic. Consequently, Delhi saw a fall in average concentrations of fine particulates (PM2.5) by almost 80 percent within the first week. The city's air quality status improved to "satisfactory" (AQI 50-100) or "good" (AQI 0-50) category. This is a dramatic change when compared to the PM2.5 concentrations of March in the last last two years.
Kovid-19 has exposed the reality of health capabilities and mismanagement of information
April 17, 2020
| The Print
The Covid-19 epidemic has changed the global public life. Nations are closing their borders. The world economy is entering a recession. The current crisis is so unprecedented that governments and societies will have to think past the old examples to face this global epidemic. Additional and specific challenges of information management have also emerged during the current epidemic. As soon as the news about the virus and its spread came across the world, there was a flood of information, misinformation and analysis in the media and especially social media. The real challenge has been how to
Self-Help Groups rise to Covid challenge
April 14, 2020
| The Tribune
The sensitivity and responsiveness demonstrated by SHGs amid the Covid-19 crisis at the community level is highly commendable. Amidst the growing concerns of shortage of face masks, SHGs located in 521 districts in 27 states/UTs came forward quickly and have already manufactured over two crore face masks for distribution (as on April 9, 2020). In most states, the SHGs are also involved in the distribution of dry rations, and provision of cooked food to the poor and vulnerable families. Their role is being expanded to produce sanitisers, protective gear and gowns for frontline workers.