IITs to develop management plan to restore Ganga
India’s premier institutes, IITs will develop a management plan to restore ecological health of Ganga basin. The country’s seven IITs which come under the Ministry of Human Resource Development have signed an agreement with the Ministry of Environment & Forests to develop the plan called National Ganga River Basin Management Plan Project (NGRBM).
The work is estimated to be carried out in a period of 18 months, with the funding support of about Rs15 crore. This initiative will involve not only faculty and students of seven IITs but will also take help from experts from other institutes and universities also.
The IITs will form several thematic groups, and each group will develop a detailed outline for the improvement of ecological health of the basin system. Besides the thematic groups, the IITs will also integrate in a holistic manner, all the issues into a comprehensive management plan. In order to develop this plan, discussions will be held with local, state and other agencies who have to deal with the maintenance of the basin system. The management plan will also take into account the experience of earlier attempts of Ganga Action Plans.
The Government feels it is required to ensure that the river Ganga flow must be continuous (Aviral Dhara). It must have longitudinal and lateral connectivity, and adequate space for its various functions. The river must not be seen as a carrier of waste loads (Nirmal Dhara). The management plan will outline the strategy and the actions that need to be undertaken for the maintenance and restoration of the Ganga basin. The management plan should take into account the constraints of population, urbanization, industrialization and agriculture activities.
The agreement was signed between the Directors of seven IITs and Ministry of Environment & Forests in the presence of Kapil Sibal and Jairam Ramesh.