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Peri-urban lakes restoration and conservation to create emergency water management options

TARU Leading Edge
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The City Development Plan of Indore states that “increasing population pressure is resulting in deterioration of infrastructure facilities, loss of productive agricultural lands, green open spaces, loss of surface water bodies, depletion of groundwater aquifer zones, air pollution, water contamination, health hazards and many micro-climatic changes.” The main objective of this TARU Leading Edge project is “Ensuring availability of local water resources during emergencies.” This would be achieved by developing replicable model for peri-urban lake rejuvenation and conservation. Engaging with multiple stakeholders in lake conservation would be required for catchment treatment and prevention of pollutants flowing in tothe lake. The expected outcomes of the project that would be delivered are, 1) Stabilized/improved water quality and perenniality of the restored lakes 2) The multi stakeholder owned lake restoration technique is replicated in other parts of the city and other cities 3) The method informs policies on urban water body conservation. These outcome indicators would include; 1) Number of lake conservation restoration efforts initiated by IMC and IDA over the project period 2) Adoption of lake conservation in IDA and IMC’s plans 3) Lake water usage for multiple purposes by local communities, especially poor, during scarce periods 4) State level policy debates over urban lake restoration 5) Lessons from the project to National debate over lake conservation 6) Number of papers published on lake conservation lessons from Indore. 7) Newspaper coverage on the project. Two lakes have been selected for intervention from the identified fifteen lakes. Fact sheets for the lakes are being generated to initiate interaction with the stakeholders of the project.

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