School of Habitat Studies

Projects & Initiatives


Transforming M Ward


  Transforming M Ward : Leveraging Knowledge for Social Transformation The M-East ward, one of the twenty four administrative divisions of Mumbai and home to over 8,07,720 (Census 2011) residents, is also one of the poorest areas in the city. Its human development index is the lowest in the city representing an infant mortality rate of around 66.47 per thousand live births, out-of-school children between the ages of 6 to 14 years is 1,490, more or less equally divided between boys and girls, and more than 50 percent children are malnourished (HDR, 2009). The child malnutrition levels in the area, ...

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The socio-economic and environmental impact of Konkan Railways


The Konkan Railway (KR) was built in order to cater to the long standing demand for a railway line providing cheap and fast mode of transport through the Konkan region. The Konkan region is a part of the western coastal strip of India called Western Ghats. It is the biggest railway construction endeavour in independent India and the first railway service in India to provide an intermodal freight transport service titled the Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) service. The construction of the KR began in 1990. A number of political and environmental controversies later, the complete line of 760 km became ...

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