National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA) had organised ‘Re-Imagining Urban Rivers’, a national-level thesis competition in September 2020, under a joint project that the two organizations are implementing to promulgate river-sensitive development in our cities. The competition was categorized in three themes – Re-imagining water bodies and/or wetlands; developing eco-friendly riverfront projects, and Promoting River tourism. Students from leading institutes across the country presented their thesis in the grand finale held at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
This is a first of its kind initiative to engage young minds to research and envisage solutions for urban river issues. The purpose of this sponsored thesis competition is to tap into the intellect and creativity of students to arrive at innovative solutions for re-imagining the outlook and management of rivers that flow through cities and their associated features.
National Mission for Clean Ganga Director General Mr. Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra said Namami Gange is an integrated program with many innovative features like engaging with academic institutes to get new ideas and perspectives in river rejuvenation. Young researchers and scholars can share their fresh and innovative ideas. He also shared the idea of developing a river city alliance for institutionalising such thinking.
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Secretary, Mr. Durga Shanker Mishra emphasised the importance of river tourism in urban areas. Citing success stories of Sabarmati River Front, Ahmedabad and making Indore water plus city, he said, “The development which we had been planning for so many years is happening today.”
Second edition of the sponsored thesis project competition was launched at the event. This year’s themes will be ‘Reducing River pollution’, ‘Rejuvenating water bodies’, ‘Creating a vibrant river zone’, ‘Generating river-related economy’ and ‘Engaging citizens in river management activities.’ Entries can be mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. The last date of submission will be September 26, 2021.