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1.Disbursals of financing to contractors needs to be done in a timely manner

Metro-rail lines are one of the best mass-transit options for the public in congested city areas.

2.India needs $ 5 bn annually to manage urban solid waste: ASSOCHAM-EY

Study suggests segregation and storage of MSW at source is a major problem

3.Staunch Urbaniser

A move closer to turning Indian cities smart, the government, under its ambitious Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu recently announced a list of 13 more cities that will be developed under the Centre´s ´Smart City Mission´.

4.Networked Cities

The interconnectivity of a city, smart or not, is undeniable. The city is one of the most complex societal systems to exist, and the more complex the system, more profound the effect of a single event.

5.Building for the Bottom Billion

While many Indian cities have shown potential for unprecedented growth and development, the growth has been unchecked and rather oblivious to its social consequences.

6.For home buyers now is the right time, 5 lakh flats on sale

As the National Housing Bank (NHB) rightly noted recently, in most of Indian cities prices of new homes are expected to come down. Nearly five lakh apartments are expected to be delivered by builders this year, say reports. So, if you have been waiting to buy a home, this could be the right time for some bargain hunting. As per the NHB Residential Housing Index Residex, 22 of the 26 cities in India have seen a decline in home prices between 1 per cent and 5 per cent in the April to June quarter.

7.Luxury properties prices in India see 10-fold rise: Report

In the last ten years, prices of luxury properties in key Indian cities including Mumbai, the national capital region (NCR) and Bangalore have appreciated 10-fold, says a report by real estate consultant Jones Lang LaSalle on July 1st. Luxury projects yield much higher returns to developers than projects geared towards the affordable and mid-income segments, the report said.

8.Real estate prices up in key cities in Dec quarter

Prices of properties in key Indian cities, including Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chennai, have seen a significant rise in the quarter ended December from the preceding quarter when they either remained stable or went up marginally, according to the National Housing Bank (NHB) Residex released on February 25.