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Future proofing cities

Future Proofing Indian Cities

The Future Proofing Indian Cities project represents the first time that evidence on the holistic set of risks and possible solutions to target specific vulnerabilities to risks has been explored for Bangalore and Madurai using the Future Proofing Cities methodology. 

The project will ultimately provide improved guidance on how these cities can identify and respond holistically to environmental risks. The project is funded by the Climate Development Knowledge Network.

Read the Future Proofing Indian Cities report.

For further information, please contact Roger Savage or Martin Tedder.


Atkins is developing a City Action Plan for Madurai which will be specifically tailored to the city around blue-green infrastructure. Madurai Corporation and a wide range of city stakeholders have been involved in developing and shaping the Action Plan. Read the Madurai Action Plan for Blue-Green Infrastructure


A City Action Plan is also being developed for Bangalore. The format will be slightly different in that the city wide focus and transformational opportunity will be built out from two case study interventions which highlight future proofing opportunities. The approach and selection of case studies align with opportunities for reducing vulnerability in Bangalore from the urban diagnostic. The Action Plan is due to be released in autumn 2014.


Atkins signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aluva Municipality in Kochi, India in November 2013 to develop a masterplan for the next 50 years as part of the Future Proofing Cities initiative.

Supported by the UK Government, the masterplan for Aluva will identify the investments and projects required to address four key infrastructure priorities: transport, flooding, eco neighbourhoods and solid waste management.

Aluva has long been recognised as an innovative city. On the edge of Kochi, one of the most rapidly growing cities in India, Aluva is strategically located between the city centre and the airport and is also a main access to the port. The new metro for Kochi which is under construction terminates in Aluva, providing further stimulus for growth.
The FCO and Department for International Development see Aluva as an opportunity to assess how future proofing and low carbon development can be realised in India.

Mysore and Madurai Low Carbon Masterplan

Atkins’ Low Carbon Planning and Design Handbook is a practical tool for Indian urban planners and was launched in 2013.

Combining expertise from our environmental planning team in the UK and in India, over the last two years Atkins has forged partnerships with city and state level stakeholders in Mysore and Madurai to apply integrated urban planning approaches which reduce the energy intensity and CO2 emissions from urban development.

The approach looks across the range of sectors from land use, urban structure and form, transport, buildings, renewable energy and waste at opportunities for CO2 reduction.

The handbook showcases lessons learnt and best practice from the two-year pilot studies based on Atkins’ Carbon Masterplanning Tool. 

Atkins led a multinational team including representatives from the governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, in partnership with the All India Institute of Local Self-Government. The project was financed by the British High Commission in New Delhi.

India is urbanising at an unprecedented rate. Between 2010 and 2030 India’s cities are projected to grow by 245 million people. By 2050 half of India’s population is expected to be living in cities compared with 35% in 2010. 

How the growth of India’s cities is managed over the next 20 years will have a significant effect on the nation’s economic potential and productivity as well as the prosperity and quality of life of existing and future city residents into the long term.

Reducing carbon is not yet seen as a high priority for most Indian cities. Realising resource efficient cities that yield desirable social and economic outcomes and deliver wider environmental benefits is necessary to delivering on low carbon objectives.

The Low Carbon Planning and Design Handbook highlights the opportunities presented by adopting a low carbon approach towards city development and how to implement them. The document is structured into six sections which describe how urban local bodies can implement a low carbon approach to planning.

  • Responsive - this means looking strategically at making connections across different sectors and identifying the interlinkages between issues.
  • Green Infrastructure - represents the natural “life support systems” of the city.&
  • Accessible and Healthy - transport is a major contributor to the energy intensity and carbon emissions of the city.
  • Community Focus - Following the low carbon planning approach townships and neighbourhoods are planned at a scale which supports the full range of day to day amenities and public facilities.
  • Resource Efficient - There are major opportunities to improve the efficiency of buildings, energy and waste through the low carbon planning approach.
  • Deliverable - How the different components are brought together and implemented is critical to the low carbon approach.

Read The Low Carbon Planning and Design Handbook