River Ganga has been the source of physical and spiritual sustenance of Indian civilization for millennia. Counted among the major riverine wonders of the world, it is a mega diverse ecosystem that is home to a wide variety of relic species from the tiny and microscopic to macroscopic forms ─ from planktonic to benthic and free floating to submerged macrophytes. It is a hierarchical system of more than 2,000 biological forms, out of which more than 1,600 are the forms at 1st, 2nd and 3rd trophic levels. This book, based on extensive ecological analyses carried out for the preparation of the Ganga River Basin Management Plan – 2015 by a 7-IIT Consortium, is the first systematic compilation of major biological forms (phytoplankton, zooplankton, periphyton, zoobenthos, ichthyo-fauna and higher vertebrates) in river Ganga ...

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) consortium submitted the Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP) to the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR), Government of India in 2015. The GRBMP’s recommendations were by and large broad-based, strategic measures, and on some aspects detailed, ready-to-implement actions. There was a need to have an action plan that addressed specific issues regarding the river’s rejuvenation with technology-based solutions.

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Centre of Excellence and Comprehensive Think-Tank

The Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) was established at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) in 2016. The Centre is a Centre of Excellence for data collection,  the creation and dissemination of knowledge and information for the sustainable development of Ganga River Basin. The centre acts in the capacity of a comprehensive think-tank to the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR), Government of India, in its stated goals and objectives vis-à-vis the Ganga River Basin.

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VISION GANGA

Holiest of Rivers, Living Goddess - ``MOTHER GANGA``

The river Ganga, along with her many tributaries, has been the source of physical and spiritual sustenance of Indian civilisation for millennia. Throughout the ages, Indians held the bountiful Ganga river as a divine body and the flow of the river as the flow of divinity.

“Among things that purify, I am the wind; of the wielders of weapons, I am Rama; of the water creatures, I am the crocodile; and of rivers, I am Ganga”

Bhagavad Gita, verse 31, chapter 10

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GANGA RIVER BASIN MANAGEMENT PLAN

'Aviral Dhara', 'Nirmal Dhara', Geologic and Ecological Entity

A comprehensive River Basin Management Plan for Ganga river has been prepared by the consortium of seven Indian Institute of Technology’s (IIT’s):  Kanpur, Delhi, Madras, Bombay, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Roorkee. The Plan is prepared with the objectives of taking comprehensive measures for restoration of the wholesomeness of the river Ganga thereby meaning improvement of her ecological health, with due regard to the issue of competing water uses in the river basin.

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