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Namami Gange – National Mission for Clean Ganga launches Guidance Note Book on Urban Riverfronts

New Delhi – “Guidance Note for Environmentally Sensitive, Climate Adaptive and Socially Inclusive Urban Riverfront Planning and Development” was launched by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) on Friday. The launch took place at ‘Connect Karo’ organised by World Resources Institute (WRI).

 “This guideline will help city planners across the Ganga River Basin, and the country at large, understand how to integrate urban river fronts into a Master Plan.” Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General of National Mission for Clean Ganga said.

Explaining how this publication will be useful in making river-sensitive urban designs, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra said that, “Riverfronts help in re-connecting people to river and makes their visit to river pleasant.” Rajiv Ranjan Mishra insisted that riverfronts are essential in meeting the increasing demand for public spaces in urban areas.

Connecting people to river has been an essential component of initiatives taken by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to sensitize people towards rivers and its ecology. Development of riverfronts has been part of the objective to establish people-river connect. NMCG has also been working with different stakeholders to make river sensitive urban master plans. National Mission for Clean Ganga in the past has published many significant publications in this regard.

The document is a primer for all stakeholders who wish to implement urban river flood projects, which as environmentally sensitive, climate adaptive and socially inclusive. The book offers a pathway to look at urban riverfronts as social spaces and thriving ecosystems and collaborate to develop environmentally sensitive, climate adaptive and socially inclusive riverfronts. The book also presents various international and national case studies on river city management.

OP Aggrawal, CEO, WRI explained that the connect between people and river is forgotten and it is essential that we rebuild that connect by creating recreational spaces around rivers. Samrat Basak, Director, WRI said that rivers are not only cultural heritage but also bring ecological and environmental heritage. He said that this document will be a good starting point to make river sensitive urban plans. Pratima Marwah, Assistant General Manager-Landscape and Architecture, Tata Consulting Engineers Limited shared the vision behind publication of this guidance note. She explained the principles on which the guidelines were developed.

The book launch was followed by a panel discussion. Owen Richards, Mcgreger and Coxall, Swati Janu, Social Design Collab and Ian Rutherfurd, Professorial Fellow, The University of Melbourne; Research Director, Alluvium Consulting shared their experiences and learnings in river city planning during the panel discussion. Dr Victor Shinde, National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) presented the insights from preparing an urban river management plan – The Kanpur Experience.

Connect Karo is WRI India’s flagship event that brings together Indian and global leaders and policymakers committed to designing inclusive, sustainable and climate forward Indian cities. This year Connect Karo, with the theme ‘Clean, Green & Just’, was held virtually from 13th-17th September 2021. NMCG participated in the session ‘Thriving Cities, Living Waters’ on 17th September from 11 am to 1 pm.

The 3 main objectives of the Guidance Note of National Mission for Clean Ganga –

Appraisal tool to support decision making on urban riverfront development based on environmental and social indicators

Informs project proponent, decision makers and other stakeholders about environmentally sensitive, climate adaptive and socially inclusive riverfront developments

Guidance to various service providers on design and planning and implementation of ecological URFD

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