Recently, the 5 India Water Impact Summit (IWIS), organised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) has held virtually.

About the Summit:

  • India Water Impact 2020 is a five-day long summit, hosting experts and academicians from all over the world to discuss and debate issues related to water conservation, water security and river rejuvenation.
  • Theme: Comprehensive analysis and holistic management of local rivers and water bodies with focus on Arth Ganga – river conservation synchronized development.
  • At the event, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research signed an MoU with cGanga for development of a sludge management framework in India.

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG):

  • It is the implementation wing of the National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection, and Management of River Ganga also known as National Ganga Council (set in 2016; which replaced the NRGBA).
  • NMCG was established in the year 2011 as a registered society.
  • It has a two-tier management structure and comprises the Governing Council and Executive Committee.
  • The aims and objectives of NMCG are:
  • To ensure effective control of pollution and rejuvenation of the river Ganga by adopting a river basin approach to promote intersectoral coordination for comprehensive planning and management.
  • To maintain minimum ecological flows in the river Ganga with the aim of ensuring water quality and environmentally sustainable development.
  • In 2014, ‘Namami Gange Programme’ was launched as an Integrated Conservation Mission, to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation, and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.
  • The program is being implemented by the NMCG, and its state counterpart organization viz., State Program Management Groups (SPMGs).
  • It has a budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crore.

The main pillars of the programme are:

  1. Sewerage Treatment Infrastructure & Industrial Effluent
  2. River-Front Development & River-Surface Cleaning,
  3. Bio-Diversity & Afforestation, and
  4. Public Awareness.

Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga):

  • It was established at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) in 2016.
  • The Centre is a Centre of Excellence for data collection, the creation and dissemination of knowledge and information for the sustainable development of Ganga River Basin.
  • The centre acts in the capacity of a comprehensive think-tank to the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), in its stated goals and objectives vis-à-vis the Ganga River Basin.


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