Technology & Financial Innovation to drive the Ganga Cleaning Mission

The Ganga cleaning program as was deliberated during the three-day India Water Impact Summit, this current affair is a UPSC exam important prelims question. It was organized by NMCG (National Mission for Clean Ganga) using innovative technology and financial innovations, in collaboration with Ganga and saw participation from experts in various fields from 16 countries.

In 2015 a consortium of seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Kanpur, Delhi, Madras, Bombay, Kharagpur, Guwahati, and Roorkee) created the Ganga River Basin Management Plan.

The major impact of Summit on river Ganga

  • Control over biodiversity, urban river management, data harmonization, development of water bodies, water valuation and market development, financing in the water sector and innovation in sewage and sewerage.
  • Discharged of 140 million liters per day (MLD) of polluted water into the Ganga announced by Nitin Gadkari

Model Urban River Management Plan

  • Wholesomeness of the Ganga ecosystem and improvement of its ecological health.
  • The plethora of innovative financial instruments to support the Ganga Rejuvenation programme.
  • Africa global innovations that India successfully implements in the Namami Gangeprogramme
  • Converting technology to working models, with Denmark offered to support in this matter.
  • Provide a platform to start a discourse towards understanding water as a natural resource.
  • Engaging state/urban local bodies in policy planning, incorporating local/traditional knowledge in implementation, encouraging zero liquid discharge, decentralization and community-driven treatment of sewege& effluents
  • Interrelating of river and city and connecting people with the city
  • The 16 leading companies from 8 nations in a very exciting and a participative workshop
  • Internet of things, machine learning to latest advancements in wastewater recycling, reuse, and material recovery, waste-to-energy, satellite imagery with very high resolution
  • Sustainable agricultural practices using soil-less membrane farming, run of the river hydropower units and overall areas of technologies supporting circular economy were presented
  • The lower land and energy foot-print is used to robust and simple electromechanical systems, optimal operations and maintenance costs with a low carbon footprint.
  • The processes of deployment technology through an Environment Technology Verification (ETV) for decentralized wastewater and industrial effluent treatment, data and information and ancillary services such as solid waste management, sustainable agriculture, and hydropower.
  • Blockchain and tokens to raise capital have also been suggested by select companies specializing in the fintech sector.
  • The NMCG to take a leap forward in initiating a number of initiatives in data harmonization that will develop platforms and approaches to increase interoperability of data being generated by a network of agencies working in the water sector

Benefits of NMCG

  • Entrepreneurs to partner with it to develop next-generation data solutions that will help policymakers and investors in equal measure with irrefutable and accurate data.
  • knowing about the value of water

This program was inaugurated by Shri Nitin Gadkari,  Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, in the presence of Shri HardeepPuri, Union Urban Development Minister and Dr. Satyapal Singh, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. Hon. Ms Cecilia Dapaah,  Minister of Water Resources, Ghana, Shri U.P. Singh, Secretary, MoWR, RD & GR, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, DG, NMCG, Steven Schonberger, Director of World Bank , Maya Kadosh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Israel, Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission, Germany, JozefDrofenik , Ambassador of Slovenia  and Dr Vinod Tare, Head Ganga,  and many more