Urbanisation & District Planning
Cities contribute to 80% of the economic growth. Unfortunately, they also account for 60% to 80% of energy consumption, 75% of carbon emissions and consume over 75% of the world’s natural resources. India is also witnessing rapid urbanisation, with approximately 31% of its population living in cities. Currently, much of the urbanisation is taking place in small towns and cities. The rapidly urbanising trajectory requires us to find a way of achieving economically and socially equitable growth, without further damaging the environment.
Realising the significance of sustainable urbanisation, DA has been conducting policy research in the areas of urban social housing and green buildings. DA has recently undertaken a study to identify the drivers and barriers in scaling-up low carbon and energy efficient technology applications, in housing in urban and peri-urban areas. Previously, DA had conducted a study on green buildings in the country. DA is also working to advocate concerned policy makers about various Household Water Treatment and Storage (HWTS) systems, to ensure access to safe water in the slums of Delhi.