- Vrindavan Eco-City in Making: Working together for sustainable urban management    click here to open paper content45 kb
by    Kulshrestha, Satish Kumar | skksdr@vsnl.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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The paper presents an introduction to the EcoCity Project and Vrindavan; it highlights the extent and manner of participation of professionals, community, NGOs and CBOs in preparation and implementation of the project and concludes with the lesson learnt.
VRINDAVAN ECO-CITY IN MAKING: Working together for sustainable urban management

EcoCity Project of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India with active co-ordination by the Central Pollution Control Board, and technical support from GTZ-ASEM (German Technical Cooperation - Advisory Service in Environmental Management), aims at improving existing environment in six selected temple towns during the tenth Five Year Plan Period.

The basic approach of this project is to provide technical support in the form of eco-city development plan, project details, and training to local municipality to implement the plan with active participation of local administration, people, NGOs and CBOs. The eco-city plan is conceived as a tool to inform people, improve their level of awareness and attract them to support plan implementation. It also serves as a document for NGOs, CBOs and other agencies to identify the projects where they would like to participate and prepare further details for project formulation, financing and implementation.

In a selected city, the focus of the EcoCity Project is:

1. To improve environment through conservation of natural resources, management of sewerage, drainage and solid waste:
2. To improve visual qualities through urban design of selected complexes and landscaping of parks and open spaces;
3. To improve traffic management by providing efficient circulation, parking, pedestrian system that cater to the visitors to the city;
4. To build capacities of the stakeholders to prepare and implement projects;
5. To monitor the projects using specific environmental indicators;
6. To document the project; and
7. To promote networking of participating cities with similar cities in Europe.

This paper will highlight the manner in which the project has been conceived and has attracted participation of people, NGOs and CBOs in its implementation taking Vrindavan (population 56,000 in the 2001 census) as case for demonstration.
participatory planning and implimentation
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