Infrastructure is not only essential for faster economic growth, but for providing citizens with the means to improve their own lives. The CSIR uses science, engineering and technology to contribute to the development and maintenance of the country’s economic infrastructure and the transformation of human settlements.
The main focus areas are the integration of data in decision-support systems for planning and maintaining settlements, improving the efficiency of buildings, developing new building materials and construction methodologies, formulating design methods and maintenance procedures for road, port and railway infrastructure, and developing models and methods for more efficient public and freight transport.
CSIR interventions in this domain also include the incubation of national capabilities to support service delivery in areas such as health, education and water treatment. Two capabilities that are set to add value to service delivery is a multi-sectoral decision-support centre and the development of earth observation technologies. The organisation has a sound track record in using its decision-making capability to address issues related to the increasing strains resulting from urbanisation.