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Friday, 30 August 2013, 14:30 - 16:00

Urbanization in India: Present Scenario and New Directions for Sustainable Urban Living

T.G. Sitharam
Professor of Civil Engineering
Chairman, Centre for infrastructure and Sustainable Transportation & Urban Planning (CiSTUP)
Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Venue: Meeting Room 1, UNU-IAS
Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama


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Event Description

Event language: English

Urbanization in India is mainly due to liberalization of its economy after the 1990s, which gave rise to the development of the private sector. Presently, urbanization is taking place at a faster rate in India, but still, only 1/3 of its population live in urban areas. Currently, as per the 2011 census, there are 53 cities with a million plus people, and by 2031 that number will rise to 87. Also by that time, some of the major metropolitan areas will become major economic powerhouses that have higher GDP than the current GDP of countries such as Portugal, UAE and Israel. Also, some of these areas will have a larger population than the current population of countries such as Canada, Malaysia and Australia.

Cities provide major opportunities for sustainable development given that they have large numbers of people in a small footprint or area. These cities offer significant economies of scale which provide jobs, housing and services. There is a need to fully realize the potential of Indian cities for ecological, economic and social sustainability. This urbanization can only be harnessed and sustained by inclusive planning that provides affordable transportation, continuous water supply, modern sewage treatment and a good solid waste management system. The government of India has been channelling funds, which has long been overdue, to renew its urban spaces through various schemes. It has also been tweaking its approaches to urbanization by cataloguing projects that were successful and those that failed. It is also beginning to see the value of Private Public Partnerships. This presentation highlights the present and future urbanization prospects in India with a road map for sustainable urban living in Indian cities.


Programme

14:30 - 14:35 Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil (Director, UNU-IAS and Vice-Rector, UNU)
14:35 - 15:25 Urbanization in India: Present Scenario and New Directions for Sustainable Urban Living
T.G. Sitharam (Professor of Civil Engineering and Chairman,
Centre for infrastructure and Sustainable Transportation & Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Indian Institute of Science (IISc))
15:25 - 16:00 Discussion

Video and Audio Podcasts

Urbanization in India: Present Scenario and New Directions for Sustainable Urban Living
T.G. Sitharam (Professor of Civil Engineering and Chairman, Centre for infrastructure and Sustainable Transportation & Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Indian Institute of Science (IISc))
[Archived Video-55 minutes];[Archived Audio-55 minutes]

Discussion
[Archived Video-37 minutes];[Archived Audio-37 minutes]



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Speaker's Biography

T.G. Sitharam obtained his BE (Civil Engineering) from Mysore University, India in 1983, a Master’s from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 1986 and a PhD from University of Waterloo, Canada in 1991. Further, he was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Texas at Austin, USA until 1994. Since 1994 he has been a Professor in the department of Civil Engineering at Indian Institute of Science. He is the founder Chairman of the Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prof. Sitharam is a life member of several professional organizations, and he has coordinated many meetings in the areas of tunnels and underground structures, and smart cities―in particular sustainable urban transportation. He is a recipient the 2002 "Sir C.V. Raman State Award for Young Scientists”, Government of Karnataka, in recognition and appreciation of his exceptional contributions to Engineering Sciences (awarded in October 2004). He is also the recipient of the 1998 S.P. Research Award (SAARC). He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Yamaguchi University, Japan in 1999–2000, as well as at Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada and University of Waterloo. He was a William Mong Fellow at University of Hong Kong in 2011. He has delivered lectures, invited/keynote lectures and also chaired/co-chaired technical sessions in several international and national conferences. Prof. Sitharam has guided 30 PhD students, 4 MSc students and several ME project students.


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