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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

Underlying the flooding and Guru-jam of July 2016, the leachate pond at the Bandhwari waste dump in the monsoon, and the spike in air pollution post Diwali in November 2016, is our lifestyles and technologies that generate massive amounts of waste that choke our water ways, poison our groundwater, and pollute our air. Gurgaon has very high air pollution levels, surely a perverse achievement for the fastest growing city in the NCR. In short,

Building sustainable cities

Let’s be mindful of what we build When I heard the news that Rapid Metro is facing an uncertain future due to financial losses, a lot of mixed thoughts went by. That the project was ill-conceived, it didn’t cater well to the city’s real traffic needs, there were vested interests in building it etc. But

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Breaking Barriers to becoming a Solar City

Gurugram has all that it takes to become a “solar rooftop” city – loads of sun, a conducive policy environment, large buildings, and above all, a progressive mindset. Installations across the city have in fact risen sharply in the last two years among schools, colleges, RWAs, hospitals, corporate and commercial buildings, industry and individual homes.

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Apex body needs to spruce up

Any urban local body has a lot to contribute to a city’s liveability.  Last few days, several developments have once again put the spotlight on Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). The latest was the news of takeover of eight colonies by the corporation from private builders. This means that all services such as road, sewerage,

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