Massive help to clean up Ganga
In an effort to give a substantial push to the clean-up of India’s lifeline and holy river Ganga, German Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney visited the State of Uttarakhand from 30th August to 1st September 2017.
In his talks with Governor Krishan Kant Paul, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy both sides agreed that Germany would extend through its development bank KfW up to 910 crores INR in financial assistance in order to ramp up the infrastructure of sewage treatment plants in Haridwar and Rishikesh, and look into new projects as well.
Germany is one of India’s main partners for the Namami Gange Programme and is already implementing projects in the upstream state which are geared towards eradicating pollution mainly occurring from domestic and industrial sources. Dr. Ney emphasized “Germany has a comprehensive holistic approach: We concentrate on the whole river basin and work with all the stakeholders” Germany is directly supporting the Mission for Clean Ganga on national and state levels but also partners with municipalities, local businesses and civil society on the ground.
In one of Haridwar’s industrial estates, Ambassador Ney discussed with entrepreneurs ways to strengthen the infrastructure and improve wastewater treatment. In Rishikesh, he met with children of a local school and awarded the winners of a drawing competition about the clean-up and significance of Ganga. He also interacted with representatives of municipalities who are preparing comprehensive sanitation plans for their towns. These projects are implemented through GIZ, one of Germany’s main development cooperation agencies. Dr. Ney remarked “The programmes are well on track and Uttarakhand could become a role model for other states in India.”
On his trip through Uttarakhand, Ambassador Ney and his wife paid tribute to Ganga as one of India’s main sources of spiritual inspiration by participating in the Ganga Aarti in Haridwar and by talking to pilgrims and locals at Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh. “I am impressed to see how closely the people are connected to the holy river. Their veneration of Ganga can play an important part in restoring the health of the river.”
Enlarge imageAmbassador Dr. Martin Ney with Speaker of the Parliament in Uttarakhand Premchand Aggarwal (© Andrei-Dorian Gavrilla)
Enlarge imageAmbassador Dr. Martin Ney attending the Ganga Arti in Haridwar with his wife Dr. Gabriele Ney (© Andrei-Dorian Gavrilla)
Enlarge imageAmbassador Dr. Martin Ney with Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy and representatives from GIZ and KfW (© Andrei-Dorian Gavrilla)
Enlarge imageAmbassador Dr. Martin Ney with Krishan Kant Paul, Governor of Uttarakhand (© Andrei-Dorian Gavrilla)
Enlarge imageAmbassador Dr. Martin Ney and his wife Dr. Gabriele Ney at KTL Pvt. Ltd. Haridwar (© Andrei-Dorian Gavrilla)
Enlarge imageAmbassador Dr. Martin ney at the Triveni Ghat in Haridwar (© Andrei-Dorian Gavrilla)
Enlarge imageAmbassador Dr. Martin Ney and his wife Dr. Gabriele Ney taking the arti at Triveni Ghat (© Andrei-Dorian Gavrilla)