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Gurugram is one of the fastest-growing cities in north India. Fast-paced development has led to several issues concerning sustainability and governance.

Gurgaon First is an initiative for positive change focused on issues relating to sustainability, good governance women safety and empowerment in Gurugram. Launched in 2012, the initiative aims to highlight issues, suggest solutions, and showcase progress in an effort to improve both the living and working experiences of citizens in the city of Gurugram through conferences/conclaves/ workshops as well as research/publishing. Specifically, some issues that we focus on are smart and sustainable city, sustainable transportation, water and waste management, electricity management, solar energy, green buildings, eco-green initiatives, improving city governance, women’s safety and youth empowerment.

What We Do

Workshops

Workshops on Roof Top Solar Adoption, Waste Management, Women Safety & Empowerment

Handbooks

We've published 4 Researches and Handbooks on key topics including Civil Society Directory

Engagement

We engage with stakeholder bodies, CSO and agencies to being about Social Awareness

Shubhra Puri

Founder, Gurgaon First

Ms Puri has been writing extensively with  media and journals. Since October 2018,  she has been writing with Hindustan Times (Gurugram Edition) under the column “Human Impact” on key issues concerning Gurugram. She has also written for Times of India,  Down to Earth and other prestigious publications.

Impact Stories

It was a humid morning with overhanging clouds. I was on my way to the park in my colony, when I saw Tulsi dragging his tricycle and bringing it to a stop in front of our 4-floor apartment house from where he had to collect solid waste and take it to the Dalao. I asked him in Hindi through my mask ‘Namaste Tulsi, how is everything going?’ ‘Are you able to do the waste

Let’s fight climate change to the hilt

October is here and once again there is the familiar nip in the air. But just as we thank our stars that the air quality in September 2019 was far better than September 2018 (the better air was due to the lingering monsoons, and not due to any of our doings!), there is also the

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Improving Local Governance

Lack of empowered local governance today is one the single biggest challenge facing Indian cities. For cities such as Gurugram that is contributing more than 70 per cent revenues to Haryana, the fact that it has to depend on the state government for sanctioning and approval of projects is indeed very disempowering. Gurugram put in

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Do not see street vendors as menace

Integrate street vendors in urban development In this column, a few weeks ago I had opined that as a city Gurugram must make way for cyclists and pedestrians. I received a few frantic calls from readers who felt that the real culprits for road congestion were street vendors as they encroach upon all possible spaces

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