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Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development of Smart Cities along Foothills of Himalayas – Dehradun A Case Study
kulsum fatima

Last modified: 2015-11-11

Abstract


The basic concept of smart cities would be development of infrastructures to achieve sustainable development via creation of sustainable environment, water management, & water resource management. This makes water as one of the major component towards sustainable development becoming crucially important for human settlements & there survivals.

The most ambitious ‘Smart Cities Mission’ of government of India, includes cities across the major geographical regions in India including mainly central plains, western deserts, coastal areas & northern Himalayas. (Ltd., 2008) This paper attempts to focus on the Northern Himalayan region considering them the most ecosensitive climatic domain of the Indian subcontinent and this being attributed is attributed for being a Global diversity hotspot on account of its unique topography, micro-climatic conditions and strategic location, affecting the mountain habitats but also the much larger inhibiting the adjoining indo-Gangetic plains.

Therefore, considering the sensitivity regarding planning & sustenance of Human settlements in Himalayan regions, the region deserves more attention to improve its existing situation with sustainable technologies & practices. (Development, n.d.)

The present study deals with the specific contribution of water towards the achievement of sustainability of smart cities & special emphasis shall be given to functional & recreational consideration of natural water bodies based on principles of sustainability & conservations & re-use of water resources, in order to revitalize & sustain the natural as well as artificial water resource system in smart cities to become water smart.