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With tourism on top of the agenda of the new government of India, Chandan Chawla captures a glimpse of the infrastructure deficit in the religious town of Omkareshwar. While national and state tourism schemes will benefit limited destinations of utmost importance for India, small towns like Omkareshwar will have to look at alternative possibilities to alleviate infrastructure deficits.

As the Kumbh Mela festival closes in Allahabad, Kristen Teutonico wonders why the lessons of this pop-up city aren't being applied to India's permanent mega-cities.

Eviction of poor residents has been less than expected in the run-up to the World Cup in South Africa, but the urban poor have nonetheless seen little economic benefit from the event.

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  4. Worst fears abated for World Cup relocations
  5. Informal traders allowed near World Cup sites at last minute

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