Ministry of Urban Development Current Affairs - 2020

12th Urban Mobility India Conference and Expo 2019 held in Lucknow

The 12th edition of Urban Mobility India Conference and Expo 2019 was held in Uttar Pradesh’s capital city Lucknow from 15th to 17th November 2019. It was organised by Institute of Urban Transport (IUT), professional body under Union Ministry of Urban Development. The theme of this year’s conference was “Accessible and liveable Cities”.

About Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo

It is an annual flagship event organised under the aegis of Union Ministry of Urban Development. Its genesis is from the National Urban Transport Policy of the Government of India, 2006 (NUTP).

Primary objective: To disseminate information to the cities and to help them keep up-to-date with best urban transport practices.

Other Objectives: To provide opportunity for key decision makers and delegates to interact with service providers, civil society, academia, experts, professionals, industry, technology, as well as other stakeholders in Urban Transport (both domestic and international) to develop urban transport along sustainable path. It also serves as a forum to discuss key issues relevant to sector and suggest measures to address them.

Exhibition (expo): It is a special feature of UMI to disseminate and showcase latest developments in urban transport technology, propagation of innovative ideas, implementation of best transport projects, good urban transport initiatives and practices in the field.

Central Monitoring Committee to Prepare National Plan for Polluted Rivers

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed a Central Monitoring Committee to prepare and enforce a national plan to make over 350 river stretches pollution free across the country. River pollution has caused a serious threat to the safety of water and environment.

Order of NGT

  • The committee would comprise representatives of NITI Aayog; secretaries of Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Environment; the director general of National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Central Pollution Control Board chairman.
  • The Committee will also coordinate with the River Rejuvenation Committees of the states and oversee the execution of the action plans, taking into account the timelines, budgetary mechanism and other factors.
  • Chief Secretaries of states would be the nodal agency at the state level.
  • NGT directed the Ministry of Environment to consider a policy for giving environmental awards to outstanding persons (natural and juristic) and institutions or states and introducing “dis-incentives” for non-compliant states.
  • The Central Monitoring Committee may consider identifying experts, best practices and models for use of treated water, including plan to supply untreated sewage for a price or otherwise so that the concerned needy party can treat and utilise such water as is reportedly being done at Surat in Gujarat, Nagpur in Maharashtra and Bhilwada in Rajasthan or any other place.
  • Use of polluted water in irrigation is a threat to the health of human beings apart from the aquatic flora and fauna. Hence it is necessary to have a regular hygienic survey of the rivers particularly with reference to pathogenic organisms having an impact on human health directly or indirectly and It is necessary to note that biological health of the rivers is an important aspect.
  • There has to be a regular study of the Indian rivers with regard to biological health and its diversity.

The NGT has issued the order after taking note of the article “More river stretches are now critically polluted: CPCB” in the Hindu.