With a focus on clean energy and renewed pledges towards the climate with the proposed amendments to the Energy Conservation Act of 2001, the centre seems to be making in roads into building sustainable habitats. Accordingly, the Clean Ganga Project was kickstarted by the 38th Executive Committee Meeting of the National Mission for the same project. The Yamuna flow has also now become a matter of policy with the clean energy stance of the centre.
Uninterrupted flow in order to ensure the cleanliness of the rivers seems to be uppermost in the minds of the policy makers at the Centre and the core of the National Mission for the Clean Ganga Project. While the environmental impact on the communities around these rivers is of great positive nature, there is also a leveling of the playing ground as far as sustainability goes.
With an eye on building sustainable habitats especially considering how the Yamuna River is flanked by not only residential but also commercial and industrial settlements, one can say that we are truly moving forward in adopting a climate centric growth stance.
When the centre releases the timings of the flow as well as the quality and quantity measures that will be put in place on a regular basis, there is bound to be an impact along the following lines:
- Altering the way communities and habitats process waste;
- Creating a limit on the usage of energy in and around the area;
- Making sustainability a core, everyday rule to meet the above standards;
- Building the resilience of the river systems by regulating the Yamuna flow;
- Creating better connectivity and less use of the river system for transfer of more goods and services at one time.
Measures like these will have an impact on the way people and industries live and operate in order to meet the timing and quality control measures laid down for the Yamuna flow.