About Urban Planning and Resilience Sector
Urban planning and climate change resilience is one of the themes we have worked on for the last two decades. We work towards ensuring pro-poor urban governance and planning amidst rapid economic growth, stretched infrastructure and proliferating low-income settlements with the belief that a vibrant and viable city is one that responds to its poor.
Our assessment tools such as the Infrastructure Deficiency Service Analysis (IDSA), and the slum improvement models that we have conceptualized and implemented, have broken new grounds in understanding and benchmarking urban services. They have also formed the basis of Lucknow Urban Environmental Services Master Plan.
Another effort worth mentioning is the Short Message Service (SMS) enabled “Urban Services Monitoring System” (UrSMS), conceptualized and established by TARU for the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) to elevate the existing complaint and monitoring system to a more advanced level involving people's participation. Our participatory poverty assessment for the Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor (KUSP) Programme was yet another notable initiative that brought into limelight multidimensional aspects of urban poverty.