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2013.10.31 intach environmental safeguards in the regional plan 2021

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  • 1. Environmental Safeguards in the Regional Plan 2021 31st October, 2013. 9:00 am to 1:30 pm At INTACH 71 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003 Hosted by INTACH1 & PEACE2 The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) is revising the Regional Plan 2021. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together experts to discuss the changing environmental context and identify key opportunities for safeguarding and improving the environment in the NCR. The rapid pace of urban development in the NCR has placed unprecedented pressures on the strategic ecological assets of the NCR – especially the Aravalli ranges and river beds. Thus from a point of view of the precautionary principle, as well as principles of intergenerational equity and sustainable development, there is a need to review the current status of environmental assets in the NCR and identify safeguards that are provided to balance environment with development. Without adequate safeguards there is a threat to the quality of life with adverse impacts on groundwater recharge capacity and drinking water security, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduced natural adaptive capacity of the NCR region to climate change impacts. The Regional Plan 2021 provides the statutory basis for planning and zoning in the NCR, under the NCRPB Act of 1985. The objective of the Regional Plan is to control land-uses, avoid haphazard development and promote balanced growth and development in the NCR. For example, Chapter IV, Section 10, sub-section 2, of the NCRPB, 1985, states that, “The Regional Plan shall indicate the manner in which the land in the National Capital Region shall be used, whether by carrying out development thereon or by conservation or otherwise” (emphasis added). In sum, the Regional Plan is an important instrument for conservation, through control of landuse and determining the zoning and policy proposals for ensuring conservation of eco-sensitive areas such as the Aravalli ranges, Yamuna and other river flood plains, allocating land for forests etc, and ensuring that urban development is sustainable and in line with the carrying capacity of the region. 1 2 Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage PEACE Institute Charitable Trust
  • 2. Environmental Safeguards in the Regional Plan 2021 October 31, 2013. 9:00 am to 1:30 pm At INTACH 71, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003 Hosted by INTACH3 & PEACE4 9:00am Tea & Registration 9:30 Introduction 9:35 Introductory comments 9: 45 10:30 10:45 11: 00 11:30 12:00 12:30 1:30 3 4 Manu Bhatnagar, INTACH NCRPB representative MOEF representative (tbc) (tbc) Environmental elements in regional planning Asesh Maitra, former Director, SPA Regional biodiversity Meenakshi Dhote, SPA Drinking water security in the near NCR Manoj Mishra, PEACE Env. Safeguards in the Regional Plan 2021 Chetan Agarwal Discussion Panel Discussion PSN Rao School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Kanchan Chopra Former Director, Institute of Economic Growth Pradip Krishen Author, Trees of Delhi Suresh Rohila CSE Advisor, Planning Commission (tbc) Plenary Session and next steps Lunch Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage PEACE Institute Charitable Trust