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Guwhati

Guwahati is the largest city in the North-East Region of India, with a population of 8,18,809 (2001 census). Guwahati is a major commercial, educational and cultural centre. The city is experiencing rapid expansion and changes in urban morphology and major corridor roads suffer from insufficient right of way. Guwahati has taken the lead in introducing low floor city buses in the north-east but requires further modernization and integration with city planning and management initiatives.

Bangalore

 Bangalore (Bengaluru) has witnessed phenomenal spurt with the rapid growth in the IT industry and other job opportunities in the city. This is exploding vehicle numbers. Cars today are as much as 90 per cent of the total registered vehicles in the city. Traffic volume has exceeded the designed capacity of the roads and there is barely any space left to park cars. Public transport is fighting for road space. The city needs urgent mobility transition….

Campaigns for better urban planning

Environment support Group

Environment Support Group (ESG) is an independent not-for-profit non-governmental organization, founded in 1996 with a focus on research, training, campaign support, and advocacy.

Action:

Connects people to facilitate active citizenship

Praja
Praja.in is gearing to be the networking place for active and caring citizens by building a platform with Internet based tools for modern day and constructive activism.

Action:

  • Praja.in has launched internet forums on the following issues:

Campaigns for better urban governance

CIVIC Bangalore

CIVIC Bangalore set up in 1992, by a group of individuals from diverse background -- business, development and social sciences, academic and professional to make Bangalore a better place. CIVIC’s priorities are inclusive, transparent and participatory governance.

Policy Action

First generation action has taken roots. The city is yet to meet the clean air standards. Policy decisions and action so far in the city

Action on vehicles

  • The city has introduced Bharat Stage Euro IV norms for vehicles in 2010

  • Pre-mix oil dispensers for 2 stroke 2 & 3 wheelers and to ban sale of loose 2T oil.

  • Supply of 5 % ethanol blended petrol since 9 May, 2003.

BIS agrees Phthalates are harmful

The BIS agrees that there is a need to regulate the use of phthalates in toys. The BIS stated this in a response to the Bombay High Court on Feb 24th 2011. The court was hearing a PIL filed by the Consumers Welfare Association in 2007, seeking action against the sale of toxic toys in India. The Bombay High Court bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice D Y Chandrachud in September last year, asked the BIS to respond to central government's suggestions on the need to regulate the use of phthalates in toys.

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BIS to release Phthalates standard in two months

The Bombay High Court directed the Bureau of Indian Standards on March 24,2011 to set standards on phthalates in toys within two months. The court also directed the Ministry of Commerce, once the BIS sets standards, to issue a notification mandating the phthalates standards in toys.

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Customs and Central Excise withdraws controversial ad

Drink aerated drinks and do social service 

The Customs and Central Excise Department refrains from publishing its advertisement again which suggested that drinking aerated drinks was akin to social service as the central excise duty paid on these drinks was used to provide drinking water to millions.

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The Customs and Central Excise Department refrains from publishing its advertisement again which suggested that drinking aerated drinks was akin to social service as the central excise duty paid on these drinks was used to provide drinking water to millions. 

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