Resource Requirements of Inclusive Urban Development in India

  • September 2018
  • Journal Brief
  • Ajay Nagpure and Anu Ramaswami

What are the energy and resource requirements of equitable and inclusive urban development? Understanding the resource requirements of developing more inclusive cities in India is the focus of this paper.

Specifically, the study asks: What are thresholds for basic minimum infrastructure service consumption in Indian cities when looking at electricity consumption, clean cooking fuel use, access to piped sewerage systems, and adequate floor space per person? How many people in 10 Indian cities are consuming at levels below these minimum service thresholds? What quantity of resources (energy, materials, etc.) would be needed to ensure that minimum basic service thresholds are met for all residents? This study quantifies the resource requirements of inclusive development and provides a sense of scale—relative to current community wide resource flows of the amount of additional resources needed to meet key inclusive development goals in 10 Indian cities.

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This brief is adapted from the following peer-reviewed journal articles: Singh Nagpure, A., Reiner, M., & Ramaswami, A. (2018). “Resource requirements of inclusive urban development in India: insights from ten cities.” Environmental Research Letters, 13(2). Access the full article here.

A picture of an urban slum settlement in India. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Sistak
A picture of an urban slum settlement in India. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons, Sistak

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