The Ganga Connect Exhibition concludes in London

●     Chapters set up in London, Scotland, Wales & Midlands, UK

●     The exhibition received high engagement and substantial outcomes

●     Scotland – India Water Partnership Established

●     Ganga Finance and Investments Forum Set Up

The Ganga Connect display, running in the UK from November 8th was summed up in London on 25th November 2021. This has been a significant exertion of the National Mission for Clean Ganga and the High Commission of India to engage with the worldwide community of researchers, tech organizations, policymakers, investors, and financial experts.

In the final session, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, and Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, facilitated a virtual roundtable. The eminent individuals of the Indian community assembled in person at the Indian High Commission in London while others joined through a digital mode from other parts of the UK. 

The Minister of Jal Shakti interacted with the community members who posed inquiries and presented various thoughts on how they could draw in and support the Namami Gange program.

Both the Minister and Director-General acknowledged the community members’ requests to conduct the exhibition in various other community venues across the UK. 

A few different advancements were reported to the Honorable Minister as decisions taken which were subsequently declared during the reception. 

The exhibition began in Glasgow and moved to Cardiff, Birmingham, Oxford before finishing up in London. 

Shri Ashok Kumar Singh, Executive Director – Projects, NMCG was present at the Ganga Connect in Cardiff and Shri D.P. Mathuria, Executive Director – Technical, addressed NMCG at the display in Birmingham. 

The finish of the display was set apart by an evening gathering facilitated by H.E. GaitriIssar Kumar, Indian High Commissioner to the UK and Shri Rozy Agarwal, Executive Director – Finance, NMCG. Prof Vinod Tare and Shri Sanmit Ahuja of Ganga additionally took part in the reception.

Addressing the guests, the High Commissioner said that the Namami Gange Program is a flagship initiative of Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister and that India places first concern towards environmental change and cleaning up its current circumstance. 

In additional commitment with the visitors, Mr. Agarwal made 10 key vital declarations that summed up the features of the entire exhibition. These were:

Engagement chapters of Ganga connect and the UK community: One of the essential goals of the Ganga Connect display was to engage with the UK community. 

Significant help has been received from community members from all over the UK. The community heads are shaping chapters across the nation that will set up a connection among its members and the Namami Gange Program. The chapters established till now are Scotland – Ganga Connect, Wales – Ganga Connect, Midlands – Ganga Connect, London – Ganga Connect.

Each section will have convenors who will associate different vested parties with the Namami Gange Programme. This incorporates researchers, tech organizations, investors and community members. The chapters will have workshops and outreach programs over time to raise awareness concerning the program. Almost 100 members have joined the four distinct sections already.

The Twinning of Rivers: Twinning of rivers to share information, best practices and encounters of river basin management including community engagement programs.

Scotland – India Water Partnership: This association expands upon the MOU of National Mission for Clean Ganga and Government of Scotland MOU of 2017.

The collaborated effort will uphold channeling the high degree of interest among Scottish entities specializing in water into entering the Indian market. The Namami Gange program will go about as a significant platform for Scottish entities to enter the Indian market.

Impact Project using Arth Ganga Framework: A significant impact project has been conceptualized to produce major monetary action of a chosen region along the banks of river Ganga. This drive will set out huge business opportunities and bring new financial exercises however in a way that makes it an environmentally sustainable model. 

The drive will incorporate numerous perspectives like sustainable tourism, riverfront improvement, economic transportation and different activities. The undertaking will be created on the model of revival and financial advancement of the River Clyde in Glasgow. It will be driven by the City of Glasgow College and Strathclyde University.

Ganga Finance and Investments Forum: Various investors and finance organizations have come together to set up the Ganga Finance and Investments Forum (GFIF). The gathering will foster best-in-class monetary instruments, for example, river bonds, blue bonds, effect and result bonds, credit improvement and assurance instruments. They will proceed to build up expert vehicles to channel speculations from around the world into the Namami Gange Programme. The gathering has consented to foster the first of its sort of River biodiversity and conservation bond to channel long haul investments into ecosystem protection. It will likewise offer continuous help to NMCG and the Namami Gange Programme for ceaseless subsidizing and undertaking finance for different initiatives.

Environment Technology Verification (ETV) Programme: In the persistent extension of the ETV program, three innovative innovation organizations were chosen and onboarded onto the ETV program: 

Technology 1: Floating water treatment frameworks | Company: SmartOps 

Technology 2: Forward Osmosis | Company: Forward Water Technologies 

Technology 3: Odor Control | Company: OSIL 

This takes the absolute number of organizations in the ETV program to 40 out of which 14 are from the UK.

Tech & Innovation Financing: The Environment Technology Verification (ETV) program has now begun to graduate companies effectively that are prepared to grow. In doing such they need venture funding to start carrying out the projects across the nation. To help the successful candidates a partnership with OPG Power Ventures (an organization recorded on the AIM portion of the London Stock Exchange) is being set up that will make up to a GBP 3mn (INR 30 crore) office to fund advancements and developments.

UK-India Scientific Collaboration: Various researchers and research institutes have consented to meet up to frame an information pool for the trading of scientific and innovative ideas assisting the improvement of communitarian research. The scientists agreed to concentrate the cooperation towards applied advancement for restoration of river systems, protection of biodiversity, measures to battle the effect of environmental change on biological systems and making practical models for the monetary turn of events. 

Researchers and academics from the following organizations have consented to build up a coordinated bridge between India and the UK: James Hutton Institute, City of Glasgow College, Strathclyde University, Cardiff University, Birmingham City University, Oxford University, University College London and the University of Surrey and Queen Mary University.

Global Youth for Ganga: The Global Youth for Ganga will be an association of youth from India and different nations on a typical mission to trade information and expertise, through promotion for a clean Ganga, and all rivers in general. 

The affiliation will participate in interdisciplinary conversations, raise overall awareness, and energize commitment in the Clean Ganga Mission, uniting youthful students, scientists and experts across the globe. 

The point is to make Clean Ganga a reality and to rouse the rest of the world to take similar drives in their states down to the grassroots level. A mission engaged by the youth is a mission that can continue to flourish for people in the future to come, continually acquiring force. Youth today are more mindful of the environment than at any other time and their consideration and responsibility will be upheld for a more sustainable future ahead.

Finalization of Clean Ganga Charity in the UK: With the foundation of Community Engagement Chapters, the establishment of the Clean Ganga UK charity has gotten a ton of help from the grassroots and initiated the vital empowering climate. The foundation set-up process has been sped up and it will be set up soon to start mobilizing communities and companions of Ganga in the coming months.

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