India Water Impact summit
The first India Water Impact Summit began on December 10, 2020. This year the Summit is being held under the following theme
Theme: Comprehensive analysis and Holistic management of rivers and water bodies with a focus on Arth Ganga.
About the summit
The Summit is being organised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies. The Summit will disseminate and discuss the need for modalities of embracing Ganga. Also, it will act as a common platform for the investors and stakeholders in the water sector. The Summit will promote International cooperation between India and several other foreign countries for river management.
What is Arth Ganga?
The Namami Gange evolves around “Arth Ganga”. In simple terms it implies a development model that focuses on economic activities related to the Ganges. Under this process, the farmers will be encouraged to engage in sustainable agricultural practices, building plant nurseries, include zero budget farming and plant fruit trees on the banks of river Ganga.
Along with the above activities Arth Ganga will also include creation of infrastructure for water sports, walking tracks, development of camp sites, cycling, etc. Ultimately it aims to tap hybrid tourism potential, that is both religious and adventure tourism.
It is also called the National Mission for Clean Ganga. It was launched in 2014 to achieve abatement of pollution in conservation and rejuvenation of Ganga. It is being implemented by National Ganga Council which replaced the National Ganga River Basin authority in 2016. The main pillars of the programme are biodiversity and afforestation, public awareness, sewage treatment infrastructure and industrial effluent monitoring and riverfront development and river surface cleaning.
So far around 313 projects have been sanctioned under the mission. They are of worth of 25,000 crores of rupees.