Germany supports Ganga Rejuvenation
Germany has been contributing to 'Namami Gange', the umbrella programme for the rejuvenation of Ganga, for several years.
In a meeting with Secretary Dr. Amarjit Singh of the Ministry of Water Management, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney emphasised that Germany attaches great importance to the Ganga Rejuvenation programme. Germany is one of the main partners of the Indian Government in river basin management and relies on best practices gained from its own experience in rejuvenating the rivers Rhine and Danube.
In April 2015, Chancellor Dr. Merkel pledged support to the Ganga rejuvenation in a meeting with PM Modi. In the same year, a commitment of INR 900 Crores was made to enable financial cooperation for suitable projects for cleaning of Ganga. In April 2016, an agreement over INR 22 Crores for a technical cooperation project implemented by 'Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit\ (GIZ) was signed in the presence of Ambassador Dr. Ney.
During the meeting with Secretary Dr. Amarjit Singh, Ambassador Dr. Ney said: “Germany has a holistic approach: We concentrate on the whole river basin and work with all the stakeholders.” This means that Germany directly supports the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) on the national level as well as the State Programme Management Group (SPMG) in Uttarakhand, as this state has demonstrated strong political ownership and implementation capacities.
Dr. Ney will visit Germany’s ongoing projects in Uttarakhand at the end of August and will give a fresh impetus to the collaboration between Germany and India on this gigantic project of environmental, spiritual and cultural importance.