The Yamuna River Project

Inaugural YRP Exhibition to Premiere in March 2017 at India Habitat Centre

03/29/2017 India Habitat Center

For the first time in the National Capital, a comprehensive strategy for rejuvenating all drains and water-bodies of the city is being prepared. One of the most ambitious projects to be carried out in the water sector in the country, it proposes a paradigm shift in approach by using sustainable bio-remediation technologies to clean water and robust long-term management strategies to create city-level assets for all.


The project is being undertaken by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) with the Department of Irrigation and Flood Control (I &FC) as an important delivery partner. A number of projects are underway and over the next five years, the city will witness a transformation of its natural water resources. In addition, DJB has entered into a five-year research collaboration with the University of Virginia (UVA) on the River Yamuna Project to place riverfront restoration and development at the forefront of national consciousness.


DJB in partnership with UVA is presenting their research and visions for the Najafgarh Drain, the largest tributary of the Yamuna, in an extensive exhibition titled the River Yamuna Project organised at the India Habitat Centre to encourage dialogue amongst and elicit feedback from the multiple stakeholders of the city’s natural water system.


I support DJB’s effort towards rejuvenating the National Capital Territory’s water bodies and drains and hope that all stakeholders – private and public - will extend their full support to this process through active participation.



Shri. Anil Baijal

Lieutenant Governor, Delhi

Opening Events and Discussions:






Welcome Address


10:10-10:30 AM

Shri R.S. Tyagi, Member (Water Supply & Drainage), Delhi Jal Board



Keynote Address, Mr. Keshav Chandra, CEO, Delhi Jal Board


Panel Conversations and Talks:



Setting the Scene: Rejuvenating the Najafgarh Basin

Mriganka Saxena, Senior Consultant, Delhi Jal Board



Panel Discussion #1

1. Water Quality Modeling: The Case of Delhi & Others

Professor Winston Lung, UVA


2. Managing Solid Waste and Air Quality: Learning from Other Cities

Professor Vivian Thomson, UVA


3. Land-use Evolution and Resilient Environments

Professor Matthew Reidenbach & Professor Karen McGlathery, UVA








Panel Discussion #2

1. Governance and the Delhi Rivers

Professor John Echeverri-Gent, UVA


2. Envisioning the City

Professor Pankaj Vir Gupta and Professor Iñaki Alday, UVA


Concluding Session: The Way Forward

A round table discussion moderated by Mriganka Saxena, Delhi Jal Board, and Professor Inaki Alday, UVA,  to draw conclusions from the day in the context of Delhi.


7:00-11:00PM Wednesday, March 29

Atrium (near Information Center) and Margosa & Silk Cotton Lawn


Habitat World at India Habitat Centre

Lodhi Road

New Delhi – 110003

(Entry from Gate no. 2frm Max Mueller Marg)



Program of Events:

Inauguration of the Yamuna River Project Exhibition

Honorable Lieutenant Governor Shri. Anil Baijal


Welcome & Keynote address,

Shri Keshav Chandra, CEO, Delhi Jal Board


 Introduction to the River Yamuna Project

Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia


Special Addresses:

Dr. Amarjit Singh, Secretary

Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India


Shri Anil Baijal,  Honorable Lieutenant Governor

New Delhi


Shri R.S. Tyagi, Member (Water Supply & Drainage)

Delhi Jal Board


Followed by Cocktails & Dinner

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