- Pathway to low carbon city, Delhi    click here to open paper content143 kb
by     Bandyopadhyay, Sanhita & Bandyopadhyay Raut, Papiya & Bandyopadhyay, Piyali | bsanhita2@yahoo.co.in   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
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Delhi, the fast growing capital city of India has a population of about 17 million which will grow up to 23 million by 2021. There is a mobility plan in action towards achieving a low carbon city by complying with ecology, energy, water, waste management, sanitation.
The cornerstone of turning the Indian city a low carbon one, is towards an integrated approach of ecology and the conservation of the natural resources for City Planning. Delhi, the fast growing Capital City of India has presently a population of about 17 million persons and is estimated to grow in a 23 million population Mega City by the year 2021. Ecology, energy, water, waste management, sanitation, mobility and information should be the basis of future growth pattern along with price based signals enabled investment and technology choice to make Zero Carbon City.

Despite a land locked situation and with such a big concentration of population, it is a liveable city with natural landscape and with very high percentage of landuse under green/open spaces. Out of total area of 1483 sq km in NCT Delhi, about 150 sq km has been proposed as Green Belt at the peripheral area of the city to act as lung space for City, 100 sq km land is in River Zone as Green Space to facilitate ground water recharge and about 90 sq km of Aravali ranges and water bodies with biodiversity parks for enriching the environment and natural flora and fauna in its original style in the city. The built up areas also contain more than 15% area in form of city and neighbourhood level parks allocating about 5 sq km open space per person at city level. 4 types of wastes: Solid waste, Hazardous Waste, E- Waste, Bio Medical Waste are included under Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for accounting Carbon Credits.

The Metro Rail system has a big footstep for reducing carbon footprint. Use of CNG on public transport has experienced a journey of reducing Carbon emission. It is further paving way for utilization in private vehicles. Bus Rapid Transit is meant to be a high quality public transport system, oriented to the user that offers fast, comfortable and low cost urban carbon mobility. Management of logistics in green building complexes provides an opportunity to use water and sewage, renewable solar energy for saving energy and gaseous emissions in climate as much as saving pollution of Yamuna River. Beyond this, general awareness induced by this is a compound dividend.
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