20 February, 2020
30-minutes commute takes over an hour in peak time in Mumbai
The Times of India reviewed our study on urban mobility where we calculate average commute times and identify exact traffic chokepoints in Mumbai using Uber movement data.
"A commute that should last 30 minutes in free-flowing traffic takes over an ho...
28 May, 2018
Night Lights Reveal A Lot About the Indian Economy
This Mint article uses our work to illustrate how night lights data can shed light on various aspects of the economy. Excerpts:
"The analysis by IDFC Institute (available as an interactive tool here) also reveals that cities clearly evolve along transportation corridors, which mos...
16 February, 2018
Mumbai's Rent Control Problem
This Mint article quotes Junior Fellow Vaidehi Tandel's paper (with Shirish Patel, Sahil Gandhi, Abhay Pethe and Kabir Agarwal) on rent control. Excerpts:
"In a 2015 paper, Decline Of Rental Housing In India: The Case Of Mumbai, Vaidehi Tandel, Shirish Patel, Sahil Gandhi, Ab...
31 January, 2018
Skyscrapers and Slums: What's Driving Mumbai's Housing Crisis?
Former Resident Senior Fellow, Alexander Tabarrok, discusses Mumbai's housing crisis with CEO and Senior Fellow, Reuben Abraham, and Junior Fellow, Kshitij Batra. ...
20 September, 2017
Archaic law means no rooms to rent for migrant workers flocking to India's cities
Place, a Thomson Reuters Foundation Initiative quotes Vaidehi Tandel, Junior Fellow at IDFC Institute on affordable housing shortage and on rental vouchers.
"The voucher, which entails a direct transfer of cash to offset some or all of the rent, may be the most viable option," Tandel said.
16 August, 2017
Bimal Patel on City Planning
Bimal Patel, Director, HCP Design, Planning and Management discusses India's tryst with urban planning, with Bloomberg Quint, in this article.
"The history of street grids apparently dates back to Hippodamus in the fifth century B.C. The Grecian’s legacy is most visible in New York city, ...
31 May, 2017
The Paradox of India’s Vacant Houses
Alex Tabarrok, Resident Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute writes about the vacant housing conundrum in Mumbai in his widely read blog, Marginal Revolution. He uses data from an IDFC Institute report on affordable housing, which has been co-authored by Sahil Gandhi and Meenaz Munshi.
09 March, 2016
Is There More To India’s Urbanization Beyond Delhi And Mumbai?
In this Mint article, Tadit Kundu says "cities with high population density (like Mumbai) and relatively lower population density (like Patna) should eventually witness equalisation in wages.......however, district-wise data shows otherwise.....big cities, like Mumbai and Delhi, still off...
03 December, 2015
Inclusive Cities. Or Not?
In this Guardian piece, Suketu Mehta writes "New York, like Rio, like Mumbai, is booming. Things seem to be going well for these cities. But who exactly is it going well for? To build a great city, a just city, we have to look at who’s included and who’s excluded. Then we should follow thre...
21 May, 2015
Why Mumbai Should Embrace MCGM’s New FSI Policy
Dr. Bimal Patel, Architect & Urban Planner, President, CEPT University & Director, HCP Design, Planning and Management discusses why Mumbai why Mumbai should embrace MCGM’s New FSI Policy.