The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) received the “Special Jury Prize” for “causing a paradigm shift in water management” at the 7th India Industry Water Conclave and 9th FICCI Water Awards .
“The Jury wishes to recognize the extremely important work that NMCG is engaged in, to bring about a paradigm shift in water management, even as they strive to revive the Ganges. The Jury wishes to emphasize the need to work even further on the involvement of key stakeholders to build a real Jan Andolan around the Ganges and pay greater attention to bringing together all departments and agencies whose joint efforts are needed to revive the Ganges, recognizing that rejuvenating the river requires working on its entire river landscape, with its interconnected hydrological and ecological systems, not being limited only to the main course of the river, but also including all the different orders of rivers and their catchment areas , as well as the aquifers that provide baseflows to the river,” reads the citation with the award.
The prize was awarded at the event held virtually, from March 2-3, a statement from Jal Shakti’s ministry said Thursday.
The jury of the FICCI Water Awards is made up of eminent personalities such as Emeritus University Professor Shiv Nadar and Chairman of the Jury, Mihir Shah; Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT, Delhi, Prof. AK Gosain; Founding Trustee and Executive Director of Advanced Center for Water Resources Development and Management (ACWADAM), Dr Himanshu Kulkarni, and Managing Director of WaterAid India VK Madhavan.
The quote highlights the complexity of the task of rejuvenating the entire Ganges basin and the importance of engaging with various stakeholders, especially the people-river connection that forms the basis of NMCG’s approach to this difficult task, the statement added.
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