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Project Asita



  • G.S. Paper 2

Why in news?

  • The Government has called for the speedy implementation of the Yamuna Riverfront Development project to make the river accessible to the people of Delhi.

Project Asita:

  • The project Asita, which is another name of the Yamuna river, aims to restore, revive and rejuvenate its flood plains and make them accessible to the people of Delhi.
  • ‘Riverfront walks’ is a major component of the project.
  • It will enable people to develop a relationship with the Yamuna.
  • A special focus of the project is on reviving the river’s bio-diversity in the national capital.
  • The project envisages creating a green buffer area of approximately 300 metres wide, along the river edge with species of riverine ecology.
  • A wide belt of 150 metres, along the peripheral roads, will be developed as greenways for public amenities.
  • It will also include a continuous trail of pathways and cycle tracks.
  • To revive the ecosystem of the flood plains, wetlands will be created to store the flood waters and also to improve groundwater recharge.
  • This will eventually result in flourishing of bio-diversity in the flood plains.
  • An environmentally conscious approach for integration of the river into the urban fabric of the city will be adopted.
  • A people-friendly bio-diversity zone will be created, for people to interact freely with the river’s ecosystem.

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