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Urban Resilience in India’s Climate Change Policy.
Robert Mizo

Last modified: 2015-11-19


The focus of this paper is to analyse the policies adopted by India for urban resilience under its National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC). It seeks to problematize the issue by underlining the importance of ‘civic capital’ in realising the goal of urban resilience.

The paper explores the provisions of various missions under the NAPCC pertaining to the goal of urban resilience. The study investigates the present state of urban resilience in India to highlight   loopholes there in. It underlines that the approach adopted towards urban resilience in India has focused mainly on adaptation and mitigation, there by leaving a serious gap in achieving a holistic resilience goal.

In this context, the paper addresses the ‘cleanliness deficit’ which is a recurring reality in the country; and probes its implications in resilience building. Here, the paper presents as a case study an assessment of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) launched by the Government of India. The paper concludes that there is, among other concerns, an urgent need for building and strengthening the ‘civic capital’ to realise the goal of urban resilience in the country.