Union Govt launches River Cities Alliance for sustainable management of urban rivers in India

Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched Thursday, November 25 the River Cities Alliance (RCA), a platform dedicated to river towns in India to imagine, discuss and exchange information for the sustainable management of urban rivers .

The Union Minister also unveiled the urban river management plan for the city of Kanpur.

The River Cities Alliance will focus on three main themes: networking, capacity building and technical assistance. The Alliance Secretariat will be located at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), with the support of the National Mission for the Clean Ganges (NMCG).

The cities participating in the River Cities Alliance are Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kanpur, Ayodhya, Patna, Howrah, Ayodhya, Varanasi, Prayagraj, etc. from Ganges basin states and Aurangabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Pune, Udaipur, Vijayawada, etc. non-member states of the Ganges basin.

At the Ganges National Council meeting held in Kanpur in December 2019, the Prime Minister stressed the need for new river-centric thinking in planning riverside cities. Subsequently, NMCG and NIUA collaborated to launch RCA.

The main objective of RCA is to provide member cities with a platform to discuss and exchange information on aspects vital for the sustainable management of urban rivers, such as minimizing their water footprint, reducing impacts on rivers. and water bodies, capitalizing on natural resources, intangible architectural heritage and associated services and developing self-sufficient and self-sufficient water resources through a strategy of recycling and reuse.

“Alliance cities will strive to adopt and localize national policies and instruments with key directions related to rivers, prepare their urban river management plans and develop necessary city-specific sector strategies. for a sustainable urban management of rivers, ”said the ministry of Jal Shakti. .

“The Alliance gives these cities the possibility to strengthen the governance aspects of river cities and improve their quality of life to attract external economic investment, access to cutting-edge knowledge and frameworks as well as an opportunity to serve as a site. for unique demonstration projects that will be implemented by NIUA and NMCG, ”he added.

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