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Indian Urban Pandemic Preparedness and Response (COVID-19)

Indian Urban Pandemic Preparedness and Response (COVID-19)

Summary of Guidelines

Summary of Guidelines: COVID-19

As part of COVID-19 mintigation efforts, the GoI has issued several guidelines and advisories for assistance of the states, citizens and other stakeholders. A number of guidelines focusing on prevention, treatment, quarantine, isolation, testing strategy and inclusion of private laboratories, social distancing and lockdown have been issued by various ministries and departments. 

To assist the senior colleagues in the government, MoHFW has compiled a compendium of such guidelines and advisories in a user-friendly format. 

To access the abridged contents of a subject from the index, the user may click on the title of the subject in the index. In case the user wants to access the actual text of guidelines/advisories/orders on the subject, a link to the source document has


Covid Bonds to Join the Cause

The Covid-19 lockdown relief package announced by GoI on March 26 — to be reportedly followed by a second one soon — is a good start. But compared to other countries, it is very low. Recognising that government budgets are stretched, and that the current crisis will further affect receipts of both state and central governments, one must think of innovative financing mechanisms. One possible way is to mobilise funds through tax-free ‘Covid bonds’ of denominations ranging from ₹10,000 to ₹10 lakh. More details in the article. 

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Urbanisation of Pandemics

The urban nature of the pandemic becomes clearer when we consider the megacities and the large Indian cities. 

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Can COVID-19 Fill The Void of City Governance for Urban Transformation?

COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our urban systems like never before. In India and across the globe, the pandemic has taken its roots in cities and proven to be the single most potent disruptive force to the “engines of economic growth”. The pandemic has very clearly demonstrated that while national and state governments play a crucial role towards a systematic and unified approach to response and mobilizing resources, it is the cities and urban systems where the battle is being fought. Making cities function in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be the biggest challenge. The fallout from the pandemic will lead to many new norms once cities start bouncing back and moving towards the recovery path. However, we must


The Urban Dimension of COVID-19: COVID Outbreak and Lessons for Future Cities

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic feels like the worst nightmares of our lifetime. But it is also an opportunity for us to reflect and re-visit the infrastructure priorities of cities, their governance processes, and more broadly, the vulnerabilities of urban communities in an increasingly globalized and connected world. As the pandemic expands its footprint across India, it has become apparent that the megacities are worst affected, with half of the country’s COVID cases reported from just the four cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Ahmedabad. With the “engines of economic growth” coming to a halt and authorities struggling to deal with the health emergency, it is incumbent on us to re-imagine our city planning principles and


COVID-19 Indian Smart Cities: Leveraging Technology and Smart City Facilities for Rapid Response

Context and objectives of this exercise

Study the initiatives various Indian Smart Cities have taken so far in response to the COVID-19 outbreak & highlight select / impactful practices. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) collaborated with Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs to create this report. This report is restricted to the cities that are a part of the Indian Government's Smart Cities Mission. All data presented in this document was shared by the ministry on COVID-19 response initiatives (updated till 27th-April-2020). 

Research Article

Urban Polity Under the Clout of Corona: The Policy Responses

The COVID-19 crisis that has hit the whole of humanity and its impact is unprecedented in terms of scale, spread and spill having a far-reaching effect on the well-being of the population. The pandemic brought the entire nation to a halt leaving the government with no option other than a lockdown to contain the spread and posed immediate challenges on people’s health, lives and livelihood, while its long term effects are likely to be deep and wide-ranging. Its total cost in terms of human lives and drudgery is yet to be unfurled. The world is witnessing an economic downfall along with deepened health crisis.. Disruption in livelihoods and jobs with cascading social implications on a sizeable population is apparent. Isolation of infected individual and


COVID Diaries: A Collection of Reflections during the Pandemic

COVID Diaries is a collection of opinion articles from members of the Smart Cities Mission national team as they navigate changes in their daily life and work routines during the Covid 19 lockdown period. The lockdown has been a time of challenges ranging from a sliding global economy, stalled projects and working from home. It has also been a time for productive anxiety, and being resourceful. This period has made us more aware of the fragility of our systems, our infrastructure and our lives. Overall, it has made us halt and contemplate on various aspects of urban life. This collection is an account of such contemplations as experienced by the members of the Smart Cities Mission national team. Writing for COVID Diaries, which straddles the line between professional


The Smart Responses to COVID-19 : A Documentation of Innovative Actions by India’s Smart Cities during the Pandemic

The unprecedented nature of the crisis threw most world governments off-kilter as cities scrambled to contain the virus without the luxury of time or the benefit of reflection, analysis, or consultation. India was no different, and our cities, with their high population density and cramped spaces, became hotbeds of infection. Indian cities had no option but to plunge headlong into grappling with this virulent virus.

We were thrust into the battlefront unprepared, and decisions had to be made quickly. Some of the actions taken were unorthodox. In hindsight, certain situations could have been handled differently, but time was of the essence, and the administration had to hit the ground running,

Letter to Cities

India Smart Cities COVID-19 Response: Case Studies

COVID-19 has engulfed almost the entire world, challenging governments to act in ways normally reserved for war, depressions, and natural disasters. Governments at different levels across the world are taking extreme measures to limit loss of human lives and minimize economic disruption. In the rapidly developing crisis, faced with a plethora of information from multiple sources including social media, citizens look to their governments for credible information, guidance, and leadership to keep them safe and healthy and avoid economic hardship. This report models the COVID-19 crisis over time across the three overlapping phases governments are expected to encounter: Respond, Recover, and Thrive.

At each phase, government’s guiding metric should be its impact

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