March 2018
Janaagraha released the 5th edition of its Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) 2017, the flagship report on the state of urban governance in 23 of India’s largest cities this month at the Annual Conclave on ‘Shaping India’s Urban Agenda’, held in New Delhi. Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, the Honorable Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs was the Chief Guest at the event. A panel discussion was held at the conclave which was moderated by Latha Venkatesh, Executive Editor – CNBC-TV-18. The links to the CNBC coverage of the panel discussion are shared below.
City Realities Part 1
City Realities Part 2
The State of our Cities
     Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) 2017
ASICS 2017 identifies the five principal systemic issues that need to be addressed to solve urban India’s quality-of-life challenges. The survey evaluates the cities on the quality of their urban governance systems on a scale of 0 to 10. The best performing Indian city, Pune scored just 5.1 on 10, the benchmark cities of London and New York scored 8.8.

This year, a Hindi edition of ASICS 2017 was published along with a Data Book. City Cards which provide city specific insights and reform recommendations are also part of the report.
     Our cities need to be planned for the future, but developed for the present


In her Op-Ed in the Hindustan Times, Swati Ramanathan, co-founder of the Jana Group, shares why Sawai Madhopur’s spatial development plan 2035, while unique, could serve as a template not just for Rajasthan but for cities across India. It can help urban planners come up with master plans that improve the quality of life and neighbourhood, and the pride associated with the city. Click here to read the article

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