Year ago, today, around this time our Kaka went home……. and if this story goes out to the world, this is what I would say to him.

Dear Kaka,

I once heard a set of parents say that they wanted their ceiling to be their children’s floor. If you’d heard that, too, you would have said it. You lived it.

It’s been one year since you are gone. Yet I still wake up in the morning thinking this is a nightmare and you’re not really gone. At night I look at the sky though windows and make a wish on the brightest star I see and I believe it is you.

When I was young you told me we grieve for ourselves because the deceased are in…


Dr. Piyush Ranjan Rout

Exactly six months ago on this day World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. At that time, there were 118,000 cases in 114 countries, with more than 90% of those infections reported in just four countries. As of Friday, there were more than 28 million cases in 214 countries. With more than 4.5 million cases, India is the world’s second-worst impacted country after the US. But its reported mortality rate calculated by the number of deaths per 100 confirmed cases is surprisingly low compared to other countries with high infection rates. …


Every Friday, friends and colleagues used to wish ‘Happy weekend’. It is almost like a ritual for several years now including during Pandemics Lockdown. But last Friday the wish was unusual ‘Happy Weekend in Shut Down’. …


World Health Organisation, University Research Wings, Local Agencies and various international organisations have already recommended to consider bicycle as an alternative primary mode of transport during Lockdown as well as to restore normalcy after lockdown along with ensuring physical distance. Yes if city needs to move with Be Vocal for Local then Bicycle is the only economical viable alternate in which city need to depend at least for next couple of months or years.

So do with Lockdown getting eased there is a fear of catching corona virus in crowded public transport there is a boom in modal shift, two…


In an urbanising world when majority of globe depends on cities as engines of growth suddenly found themselves lockdown because of coronovirus, whom world health organisation (WHO) declared as pandemic, left most of the cities deserted or being called as Ghost city. Be it Wuhan in China or Milan in Italy or New York in America or Mumbai in India, over thousands of cities across hundred fifty nations are busy finding way out from lock down despite advancement in infrastructure, knowledge, technology and human resources. Even smaller cities like Bhubaneswar is not left out of its radar. The challenge how…


As April 22nd Marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, Globally cities are facing an unprecedented crisis, while the priority is to stem the spread of COVID19 in order to protect life. COVID19 is seriously impacting Cities and everyone’s daily life. Ongoing nationwide lockdown to school shutdowns, Government at various level are creating a patchwork of measures to stop or slow down the spread of Coronavirus. Whatever the stage of measure, it translates in all cases into a recommendation to minimise all type of trips, to respect social distancing and avoid all unnecessary contacts.

These measures impact entire way of…


Dr. Piyush Ranjan Rout

World Economic Forum reported India has the upper hand against COVID19 and is currently under 21-day lockdown, is fighting back against COVID-19 with a “cluster containment strategy” to contain the disease within a defined geographic area by early detection of cases, breaking the chain of transmission and thus preventing its spread. So do Odisha is among few states have emerged as the lighthouse of COVID19 in India due to their early actions.

Perhaps the big factor is India didn’t have much arrivals of Chinese Origin Chinese post spring festival like Italy, Spain, Canada, America etc do…


Dr. Piyush Ranjan Rout

Two months after Chinese authorities locked down the city at the center of the country’s coronavirus outbreak Wuhan City, the end is in sight. As Hubei province lifted inbound as well as outbound travel restrictions into and out of the capital city Wuhan by ending 76day Lockdown that began on January 23rd 2020, have transformed the global dynamics. While now world’s 3.5 billion or half of the global population one way or other are locked inside their home.

In the last few weeks, COVID-19 has spread to well over 190 countries in a global pandemic that…


Thank You Every One for your stand with us at this hour. I Joined my home to thank you all for your blessings.

In a joint family my father left us twenty years ago and last night on Ram Navami his younger brother that’s my Uncle whom we called Kaka left us.

In order to believe God’s wish we need to go back to Twenty Second verse of the second Chapter of Srimat Bhagavat Gita which mentions:

“…vāsāḿsi jīrṇāni yathā vihāya navāni gṛhṇāti naro ‘parāṇi tathā śarīrāṇi vihāya jīrṇāny anyāni saḿyāti navāni dehī…”

As a person puts on new garments…


Looks like there won’t be election in Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation before Durga Puja or precisely before January 2020 assuming that, now no one will take call when General Election is around, Second election during Monsoon and Cyclone Phase never a local election. Then winter and spring between Durga Puja, New Year and Holi would be the best options left for Local Government Election when Local Issues were not visible in front of voters, rather the weather would be much soothing for politics.

Well this means that Local Government will remain with Administrators for one year or so, which is not…

PIYUSH ROUT

Urban Planner by education, Facilitates Innovations in City Management; writes column on emerging cities issues. My views, not my clients. RTs not endorsements.

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