The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NCMG) and the Indian High Commission in London unveiled a new India-UK collaborative effort under the Namami Ganges River rejuvenation program with the launch of four new chapters in Great Britain.
The Ganga Connect exhibition, which has toured the UK since the start of the month, concluded its trip to India House in London this week with the launch of the Ganga Connect chapters in London, the Midlands, Scotland and the country. of Wales.
Each chapter will have organizers who will connect various interest groups with the Namami Gange program, including scientists, tech companies, investors and community members, to organize workshops and awareness programs to raise awareness. to the rejuvenation efforts of the Ganga River.
“It is about bringing information to the diaspora and encouraging them to participate,” said Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Gaitri Issar Kumar.
“This exhibition helps raise awareness among stakeholders, potential partners, including universities, research organizations and private sector partners. There are 10 to 12 UK companies involved in the Ganges basin. We want to make sure that people across the UK can participate, ”she said.
The exhibition was opened by Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav in Glasgow on the sidelines of the COP26 climate summit earlier this month, then traveled to Cardiff, Birmingham and Oxford , before arriving in London.
As part of the London stop, a number of business, financial and scientific roundtables were chaired by Rozy Agarwal, executive director of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and Dr Vinod Tare, founding director of the think tank and innovation agency cGanga and a professor at IIT-Kanpur.
Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and NMCG Generation Director Rajiv Ranjan Mishra also hosted a virtual roundtable with prominent members of the Indian diaspora in the UK earlier this week.
Besides launching the four new chapters, they unveiled the Scotland-India Water Partnership to build on the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding between the NMCG and the Scottish Government and channel the ‘high level of interest’ among Scottish water specialists. entities to the Indian market.
Some of the other results announced include the finalization of a UK-based Clean Ganga charity for fundraising efforts and the creation of the Ganga Finance and Investments Forum (GFIF) to develop cutting edge financial instruments such as bonds. river, blue bonds, impact and performance obligations, credit enhancements and guarantee instruments.