India En-Route to Achieve SDG 11.1

Ravi Gupta

India, home to the world’s second largest population, is observing a noticeable rise in people’s migration to cities. This results in increasing the pressure on urban resources, civic services, and facilities. The city governments are taking steps to build capacity to cater to the rising demands and develop sustainable, liveable, safe and resilient cities. To achieve this, various technology-based solutions are being adopted a well.

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly gave out a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be fulfilled by 2030. These goals aim to enhance sustainability in urban development, livability in the cities safety of citizens and data as digitisation is on the rise, and resilience for cities to stay afloat in times of pandemics like COVID or natural calamities or other crises. The SDG 11.1 is to ensure access to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basics sevices, including the upgradation of slums for all by 2030. This forms the core of egov Magazine’s Special April Issue.

This magazine features viewpoints and enriching insights from senior policymakers, industry leaders, domain experts, and intelligentsia on SDG 11.1 and India’s efforts towards achieving it. It brings in light the implementation of ambitious programmes like the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). The egov Magazine’s Special April issue on SDg 11.1 is a collaborative effort of Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).