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MoHUA’s river centric urban guidelines ready

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has prepared River Centric Urban Guidelines to be circulated in states and Union Territories. This information was given by Mr. R. Srinivas from Town and Country Planning Organisation, MoHUA while speaking at a session on ‘Developing River Sensitive Cities’ hosted by National Mission for Clean Ganga.

He informed about the components of guidelines such as it defines no development zone, restricted zones and so on. The guidelines are drafted to support river zones in cities and develop strong city images along with development of water resources. He also said that we need to integrate blue and green infrastructure and need to recharge groundwater resources as well.

“We have 53 million plus cities and around 42 cities are located on the banks of rivers. The location of cities along the river signifies the provision of water, natural resources and biodiversity which are vital for cities,” Srinivas said. He mentioned that the guidelines are prepared to be circulated in states and UTs and it is important have delineated river zones.

On the occasion Dr. S. Rohilla from Centre for Science and Environment mentioned that Ganga Basin is a complex issue and there are around 2000 urban centres with 600 big centres along the stretches of river Ganga. Talking about the small and medium towns he said that they are swiftly increasing in size and we will lose opportunity if we will not be able to develop and implement the river centric urban planning. He said that it can be converged with other on-going schemes and missions such as Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban), Smart Cities Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and so on to bring the decentralization of planning by focusing on individual building and neighbourhood levels. He reiterated the fact that water sensitive designs need to be integrated with urban development designs.

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