The 6th India Water Impact Summit IWIS was conducted in hybrid mode (Physical
presence in New Delhi + Virtual) from 9th to 14th December. Organized by the Centre
for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies(cGanga) and National Mission For
Clean Ganga (NMCG), this summit was aimed at giving an insight into the complexities
and peculiarities of managing rivers across basin scales.
The 2021 India Water Impact Summit was organized along with many other organizations
that provided the much-needed impetus for developing water and environment
infrastructure to safeguard River Ganga, other rivers and water bodies in India.
The summit was facilitated by the participation of some national and international
organizations like the Ministry of Jal Shakti, National Mission for Clean Ganga,
cGanga/IIT Consortium, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, State
Government/ Representations of Various Municipal Corporations, Various Subject Matter
Experts and many other country delegations and international experts
Along with the participants, some esteemed dignitaries like Mr DP Mathuria, Joint
Secretary and Executive Director – Technical, NMCG, Dr Vinod Tare, Founding Head,
cGanga, IIT-Kanpur, Mr Dhruva Kumar, Head of Department, City of Glasgow College,
Scotland, UK, Mr Jas Sohl, CEI – International Adviser, Ambassador – Joshua Tree,
Mentor – British Water, UK, Ms Medha Mukherjee, Global Water Intelligence, University
of Oxford Felix Scholar, UK, Mr Srini Sundaram, CEO, Agvesto, UK, Mr TN Giridhar,
Director, SSG Capital, UK, Mr Jayeis B Sonill, Director, AUM Investments, UK were
also present at the summit.
A technology showcase ran throughout the summit. The 2021 Summit, like earlier
Summits provided an opportunity to dozens of technology and innovation companies
from around the world that was keen to bring their solutions to India and address various
issues and concerns pertinent to our river basins.
cGanga declared the formation of several task forces which were announced in 2017. The
task forces were comprised of subject matter experts from around the world who
provided their knowledge and expertise through specific working groups.
The entire summit was conducted systematically. The five-day summit was divided into
different sessions where each session had a particular agenda to be discussed.
Following are the different sessions that were held under the segment of the plenary
● Session 1: River Resources Allocation – Planning and Management at the Basin
Level Overall Basin.
● Session 2: River Resources Allocation – Planning and Management at the
Regional Level Upper Segment
● Session 3: River Resources Allocation – Planning and Management at the
Regional Level Middle Segment
● Session 4: River Resources Allocation – Planning and Management at the
Regional Level Lower Segment
● Session 5: River Resources Allocation – Planning and Management at the
Regional Level Deltaic Region
The last session on the final day was a valedictory session where the summit was
concluded and the attendees were bid goodbye.
Similarly, Thematic sessions, Technology and Innovation sessions, International
discussions and Bottlenecks in Policy, Law & Governance tracks were also
systematically scheduled in the series of events of the summit.
The concluding session ended on a positive note and everybody left with a plan or idea to
serve the purpose of the summit in one way or the other, along with hopes and excitement
for the next summit.