Making Water Sensitive Cities in Ganga Basin

News: Recently, a new capacity building initiative on ‘Making water sensitive cities in Ganga basin’ was launched by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) in association with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

About the Initiative:

  • The aim of the program is capacity building and action research for promoting sustainable urban water management for improved river health in Ganga basin cities.
  • Key components of the initiative includes:
    • Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning.
    • Urban Water Efficiency and Conservation.
    • Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Local Reuse.
    • Urban Groundwater Management.
    • Urban Water Bodies/Lake Management.
  • This initiative is aimed to ensure convergence of the Namami Gange Mission with national flagship urban missions. AMRUT, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat Mission, HRIDAY, NULM. Atal Bhujal Yojana, Jal Jeevan Mission, Jal Shakti Abhiyan at state/city level across Ganga basin states.
  • The program will engage all the stakeholders which includes SPMGs (State Program Management Group, Namami Gange), Municipal corporations, Technical & research constants, international organizations and local grassroot communities.
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning is an emerging urban development paradigm aimed to minimise hydrological impacts of urban development on the environment. This includes the method of planning and designing urban areas for optimum utilisation of water, Reducing the harm caused to our rivers and creeks.
  • It focuses on the management of entire water systems (drinking water, storm water run-off, waterway health, sewerage treatment and recycling).