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River Cities Alliance (RCA)

Published on November 28, 2021
Current Context: The ‘River Cities Alliance (RCA)’ was launched by Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
River Cities Alliance (RCA)
  • The alliance is launched through partnering two entities namely National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and National Institute for Urban Affairs (NIUA).
  • The NMCG comes under Jal Shakti Ministry and NIUA cones under Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry.
  • The secretariat will be set up by NIUA with support from NMCG.
  • The RCA is a dedicated platform for river cities in India. It will allow to discuss and exchange information in order to have a sustainable management of urban rivers.
  • The alliance will focus on three broad themes namely, Networking, Capacity Building and Technical Support.
  • The cities included in the alliance are: Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Srinagar, Begusarai, Bhagalpur, Munger, Patna, Berhampore, Hooghly-Chinsurah, Howrah, Jangipur, Maheshtala, Rajmahal, Sahibganj, Ayodhya, Bijnor, Farrukhabad, Kanpur, Mathura-Vrindavan, Mirzapur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Aurangabad, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Pune, Udaipur and Vijayawada.
  • Through this alliance, the cities will be able to minimize their water footprint, eradicate harmful impacts on river and water bodies, perform recycling, reuse strategies to have self-sustainable water resources.
  • The cities will be able to frame and implement urban river management plans for sustainable urban river management.


Q.1 Which entity partnered with National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to launch the ‘River Cities Alliance (RCA)’?
a. IIT Bombay
b. Power Grid Corporation of India
c. National Highways Authority of India
d. National Institute for Urban Affairs

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