MCG to set sustainable development goals for Gurgaon
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) is preparing a draft of sustainable development goals (SDGs) to offset damage by urbanisationgurgaon Updated: Apr 24, 2017 22:32 IST
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) is preparing a draft of sustainable development goals (SDGs) for the city with a focus on air quality, urban mobility, solid waste management, energy, water and green cover.
The initiative is being taken up in collaboration with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Gurgaon First, a citizens’ group.
Amit Khatri, the additional commissioner of MCG, said that while the civic body has initiated several projects to improve the city’s civic infrastructure and attended to issues of road repairs, water, sanitation and waste management, SDGs will provide guidance to assess the impact of such projects and ensure urbanisation takes place with minimal ecological damage.
“The draft is an effort to focus on areas where there is rapid urbanisation. The strategic objectives being outlined in the SDG are to ensure minimal damage takes place through urbanisation and the same can only be achieved with the collaboration of citizens and corporates,” Khatri said.
Khatri said that MCG and CSE will provide implementation support as well as the domain expertise required for maintaining SDGs.
The SDGs will be released in the Gurugram Environment Conclave scheduled for June 1 at The Palms Town and Country Club.
Officials said that Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director of CSE, Shubhra Puri, founder of Gurgaon First, and Chetan Agarwal, a city-based environmentalist, will be a part of the programme. Rao Inderjit Singh, the minister of state for urban development will be the chief guest and V Umashankar, MCG commissioner, will preside over the conclave.
At the conclave, issues pertaining to air, water and waste will be discussed in separate sessions. Each session will have a baseline presentation, followed by a panel discussion among experts.
“The conclave intends to create an ecosystem of stakeholders who can identify, implement and monitor the impact of developmental projects and accordingly, plan for the future,” Puri said.