Climate Change and the Yamuna Floodplain in Delhi : Implications of Land Use Planning
Keywords:Landuse planning, , Climate change, Environmental policies
Floodplains play an important role in providing various ecosystem services like groundwater recharge, reduction of flood risks, open space and recreation, improve water quality etc. Over the past century, Delhi has become increasingly populated as well as polluted. This paper discusses the climate change which aggravated the change in rainfall pattern with increase in temperature. Vegetation, soil and land surfaces area removed for construction of road and buildings where the permeable surface is replaced by impermeable surfaces which reduces the infiltration and increases the runoff. This paper also discusses al the possible policies which can be implemented to protect the floodplains from various developmental activities to avoid the flooding in rainy season.