The Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) is established at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) as a Centre of Excellence for collation, creation and dissemination of knowledge and information for 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.
THE RIVER Ganga, along with her many tributaries, has been the source of physical and spiritual sustenance of Indian civilisation for millennia. And all through the ages, Indians held the munificent River Ganga as a Divine Body and the flow of River Ganga 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
A comprehensive River Basin Management Plan for Ganga has been prepared by the consortium of seven “Indian Institute of Technology”s (IITs) at 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.