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 a 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.
To establish a Sustainable, Empowered and Inclusive Gurugram.
To become a credible source of information, expert opinion and research house for Gurugram through conducting relevant workshops and research initiatives in the area of Sustainability, Good Governance and Women Safety.
A sustainable city is a city that proactively and progressively works to reduce its carbon footprint by using its resources effectively. Fast-paced development has taken a severe toll on Gurugram’s sustainability. The city has a long way to go to improve the groundwater level, save its forest cover, improve air quality, enforce energy efficiency standards, become a solar-powered, city ensure sustainable transport, and build sustainable social infrastructure, among other things.
Improving local governance is the single most important step to solving most of the city’s woes. Gurugram generates over 60 percent of Haryana’s state revenues but does not get a fair share for its own development. Gurugram is plagued by multiplicity of authorities leading to uncoordinated development. Ideally, a single apex body should be responsible for Gurugram’s planning and development. There is merit in empowering the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. However, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority has been proposed to be set up for better governance.
For women, the right to live, work, move around and participate in the city’s activities is premised on their feeling of safety. Lack of safety prevents women from exploiting their full potential as mothers, employees, and citizens. With a large number of women coming in and out of the city every day to work and a rapidly increasing resident population, Gurugram is prone to many crimes and violence against women. At GF, we focus on women safety both in Public Spaces and at Work Places. Besides this, we have a special window “SASHAKT” to assist companies to be compliant with the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Work Places (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013
Empowering different stakeholders of Gurugram (e.g, Gurugram Schools, Gurugram RWAs and Gurugram Youth) by highlighting their issues and attempting to find solutions has also been a focus area.
Shubhra Puri is the Founder of Gurgaon First (GF), a social enterprise that promotes sustainability in Gurugram through workshops and research books. GF has so far conducted over 40 public workshops and published 4 handbooks for Gurugram. The workshops have been on topics such as Gurgaon as a Smart City, Water and Waste management, Gurugram Environment Conclave and Eco Green Initiatives. GF’s workshops brings together diverse stakeholders including corporates, the local administration, citizen groups, RWAs, schools and other educational institutions, NGOs and the media of the city. GF has published “Gurugram Handbook of Waste Management” which was launched by Minister of State, Ministry of Urban Development, Rao Inderjit Singh under Swachh Bharat Mission. Ms Puri also writes, composes and produces songs for sustainability cause. She has created a swachhta anthem for Gurugram, a national song on swachhta and a jingle for Gurugram’s Gurujal project. An MBA, Ms Puri has been a journalist with 20 years of experience in research and writing in the infrastructure sector. She started her career with The Economic Times and was Editor-content at Power Line and India Infrastructure magazines.
Shubhra’s Select Articles in Media
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