Seven cities finalised for an assessment of their green growth potentials
Kota, Agra, Cochin, Shimla, Dehradun, Agartala and Ludhiana are the first seven proud cities that have been finalised for the project ‘Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian cities’ and will be assessed for their green growth potential and opportunities. The selection of the remaining five cities will be done post elections.
Kota, the third largest city in the state of Rajasthan has been chosen as the pilot city for the project assessment. The project team was present in the city from 29 April – 1 May 2014 during which Mayor Ratna Jain, numerous stakeholders – including key officials from Kota Nagar Nigam, Urban Improvement Trust (UIT), Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED), RIICO (Rajasthan state Industrial development & Industrial corporation), Small Scale Industries association (SSI) and others - were consulted to better understand the local context and see how a green growth approach could be applied to the city of Kota.
The ICLEI South Asia project team, with support from the Kota Nagar Nigam, conducted a focus group discussion on how to develop a deeper understanding of issues, barriers and opportunities related to local economy, urban infrastructure & service and poverty in the city. The major issues that are prevalent in the city other than the high leakage rate in the water supply distribution network are – a slowdown in the rate of industrial activities, conversion of fertile land for development purposes, sanitation issues in slums, a shortage of affordable housing and the absence of dedicated infrastructure for solid waste management. These elements will be taken into consideration when developing a green growth strategy for the city of Kota. Mr. Jogaram, district collector, Kota Nagar Nigam, acknowledged the project initiative while saying, “This is a new concept; green growth in the Indian context should focus on the economy at the local level without compromising the quality of life and environmental health”.
The mayor of Kota, Dr. Ratna Jain, appreciated the team for selecting Kota as the pilot city for the project assessment and discussed various issues that are relevant for her city, focusing on solid waste, affordable housing, wastewater and renewable energy.
The project ‘Urban Green growth Strategies for Indian cities’ aims to develop a deeper understanding of green growth benefits, opportunities, and potential for economic and urban development, as well as to build internal capacity on strategic planning and financing for green growth.
Stepping stone for the Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian cities project
The Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities project has taken another step towards selecting the 12 final cities that will be assessed for their green growth potential and opportunities. 31 Indian municipalities have been shortlisted and an Expression of Interest (EOI) has been sent to them, to invite them to be a part of the study. 12 cities will be finally chosen based on the EOI responses and in such a way as to ensure a balanced representation of cities and towns across the country: geographically, size-wise and functionally.
Once the 12 cities have been selected, the project team will visit all of them and work closely with the local administration to assess their current situation as well as develop a deeper understanding of issues, barriers and opportunities related to green growth present at the local level across the various sub sectors. The findings of this twelve city assessment, coupled with documentation on existing best practice examples of green growth in Indian cities, will inform the development of strategies to help cities work towards maximising their green growth potential.
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Green Growth strategies to be developed for Indian cities
Supported by the Global Green Growth Institute and carried out by ICLEI South Asia and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), the ‘Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities’ project will assess cities in India to identify their green growth status and potential, and simultaneously develop a series of best practices relevant to the urban development needs and challenges of Indian cities, displaying a wide range of green growth examples.
Launched at the beginning of December, the project aims to develop a deeper understanding of green growth benefits, opportunities, and potential for economic and urban development, as well as build internal capacity on strategic planning and financing for green growth. Working closely with 12 cities all over India, and drawing from the urban expertise of both ICLEI South Asia and NIUA, ‘Urban Green Growth Strategies for Indian Cities’ will start by defining the concept of green growth in the context of Indian cities and, through the city assessments and development of best practices, lead to suggestions for practical implementation and the quantification of the benefits these green growth strategies can potentially bring to each Indian city.
The current discussion is revolving around which sectors and parameters are to be considered for the concept of green growth in the context of Indian cities, such as institutional, infrastructure, social and demographic aspects.
If you and are interested in being part of the pool of cities that will be assessed for the case studies, write to iclei-southasia@. iclei.org