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India, Germany join hands to clean river Ganga

13 April 2016, New Delhi

Ministry of Water Resources, River Delelopment & Ganga Rejuvination, Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, owned by the German Federal Government, signed a new Indo-German Cooperation agreement on 13 April 2016 at New Delhi. The implementation agreement recognises the need for a holistic and integrated approach to rejuvenation.

The agreement was signed in the presence of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation secretary Shashi Shekhar and German Ambassador to India Dr Martin Ney.The objective of the agreement is to enable responsible stakeholders at national and state levels to apply integrated river basin management approach for Ganga's rejuvenation, the Ministry said in a statement. "Initial actions will focus on Uttarakhand, with scope of expansion to other upstream Ganga States. The ultimate goal is to adopt successful river basin management strategies used for Rhine and Danube and replicate the same, wherever possible for attaining pristine status of river Ganga," it said.

The agreement will be based on "Indo-German Knowledge Exchange" and practical experience on strategic river basin management issues, effective data management system and public engagement.The project will closely cooperate with other national and international initiatives including Indo-German bilateral projects like 'Support to National Urban Sanitation Policy (SNUSP)' and 'Sustainable Environment-friendly Industrial Production' (SEIP). The duration of the project is three years, from 2016 to 2018.