In a move to guide development authorities on developing riverfronts along the banks of Ganga, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) released a ‘Guidance Note for Environmentally Sensitive, Climate Adaptive and Socially Inclusive Urban Riverfront Planning and Development’. NMCG launched the “Guidance Note” at ‘Connect Karo’ an event organised by the World Resources Institute (WRI), India.
Elaborating on the publication, Director General of NMCG Rajiv Ranjan said that the guidelines will come in handy for urban planners across the Ganga river basin, and the country at large, to understand how to integrate urban riverfronts into a master plan. He said, “Riverfronts help in reconnecting people to the river and make their visit to the river pleasant.” These urban structures play a crucial role in catering to the surging demand for public spaces in cities, the DG, NMCG added.
As per a statement, the publication poses a guide to all stakeholders who intend to implement urban riverfront projects that are environmentally sensitive, climate adaptive and socially inclusive. Moreover, the document provides a window to view the riverfront projects as social spaces and thriving ecosystems. And, it sheds light on the development of environmentally sensitive, climate adaptive and socially inclusive riverfronts.