INDIA RIVER GANGA - WATER CLEAN 21 FEB 2018

 

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NAMAMI GANGE PROGRAMME - Was the subject for discussion by a group of interested parties looking at ways that UK companies might put forwards offers to help India with their Clean Ganga mission.

 

 

A group of water specialist companies and experts met in the city of London at the Hilton Bankside Hotel to discuss possible ways of assisting with the Clean Ganga National Mission. Many of those attending had experience of supplying either services, parts or materials.

 

While it was not possible to nail down specifics in a two and a half hour session, many of the concerns of those present were aired in brief with a general consensus as to possible ways of improving security for those entertaining bidding for contracts, etc.

 

Doing business in India by way of supply is not as straightforward as it would at first appear, compared to purchasing goods or services from India. For some it might be to burdensome to consider if it is that one might have to multiply negotiations by the States involved. Ignoring the difficulties of the written and spoken language, one might suppose that if the Government may want to achieve an objective, needing to engage the services of outside contractors, that they would simply seek to agree a price with the supplier(s) and sign an agreement as to the services to be supplied.

 

Then the matter of tenders comes into play and the bargaining begins with the Government wanting high quality work for low quality rewards, leading to cut corners. This is, or was the Indian way or indeed the way of any country, though now Quality of Procurement and satisfaction on completion is becoming more of a lead issue in construction projects such as airports.

 

For the Clean Ganga project we are looking for the most part at Civil Engineering in the form of water treatment ranging from human effluent to all manner of industrial and household waste that is (or was) being dumped in the rivers that join the Ganges to exit via several mouths into the Bay of Bengal and thence to pollute the Indian Ocean.

 

Other potential issues are that the Ganga runs through 5 States, with 118 cities and 1657 villages directly in the mix, not including some 4,000 more localities that have now been declared 'open-defecation' free already but, presumably, need to be taken a stage further with sewage treatment. Pushing the common aim is not always the local agenda, requiring considerable coordinating efforts on the part of Central Government. It does though appear that former apathy has been replaced by a more dynamic administration with elevated ambition.

 

The UK and many other European countries have similar problems keeping their rivers clean against a constantly moving body of water and changing conditions. Less than 100 years ago such rivers were toxic until treatment plants came online and then the health of these rivers began to change, but even today you cannot swim the length of the Thames, for example, without contracting sometimes fatal viruses as David Walliams discovered during his swim for charity, with (E-coli) Thames Tummy the result of bacteria and other pathogens - where in some stretches of this river more than 50% of the water has been pumped in from sewage treatment plants.

 

 

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE BURDENS

 

If a company has to deal with five States on an individual basis it would need the administrative muscle for such endeavour common to multinationals. But what if that company is a Small Enterprise (SME) without the capacity to engage an army of administrators and representatives.

 

What if the small enterprise is an R&D concern that operates on a not-for-profit basis in a specialist area and does not have a budget to sweeten deals in traditional manner, but is more concerned with carrying out the necessary work to develop sustainable cleanup technology of the future, to be able to help countries like India with their river and ocean cleaning priorities. Clearly, SMEs of this ilk could not contemplate helping with the Clean Ganga mission.

 

These many factors combine to make working with India on the Namami Gange project unattractive and more of a wishful distraction than a real source of collaborative research and/or funding as part of a mutual agenda for long term cleanliness. That said should India streamline their communications and simplify the contracts procedure, they are sure to attract more interest from smaller concerns and charities in helping an independent India achieve their Circular Economy ambitions.

 

SEAVAX & RIVERVAX DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATION

 

Where surface skimmers are presently being used to collect trash and flora that is choking the Ganga, the Cleaner Ocean Foundation would be more than willing to do what they can to help such noble enterprise in the right circumstances with solid commitment to back up the stated aspirations.

 

India already has tremendous manufacturing capabilities with giants like Tata and Larsen & Toubro to name just two. Should the Government wish to sustain the momentum of their clean up agenda aiming for long-term success into the next millennium and beyond, it might benefit such objectives if there were incentives for other countries to help develop technology for river cleaning.

 

Production of progressive developments could become a boost to the local economy, if the manufacturing of dedicated technology were to take place in India, rather than importing less than state of the art technology that relies on fossil fuels for a short term impact, given that it is better to do something now - rather than nothing as in years gone by - but that it is also better to steer toward a more efficient future with a clear Action Plan.

 

RiverVax offers the potential for sustainable cleaning and intelligent monitoring, with technology that can be applied to ocean cleaning in connection with Blue Growth and Food Security.

 

The Cleaner Ocean Foundation would be willing to grant manufacturing rights to a high capacity corporation in relation to RiverVax and SeaVax craft in return for development assistance in the R&D stages. 

 

 

 

 

GUARANTEE SCHEME

 

Where even major contractors have experienced unsatisfactory settlement of invoices for agreed works, India may benefit from the formal setup of a payment guarantee scheme. This might be applicable to Ganga projects where delays in payment might cause significant financial distress to smaller organizations leading to insolvency and collapse of research programmes in particular - that would undermine forward progress.

 

Such scenarios are of course counter productive to the longer-term aims of first cleaning and then keeping clean a river as magnificent as Mother Ganga. Short term financial gains for individuals from short-changing suppliers and non-payments of agreed sums may please those in the chain only interested in profit margins and personal gain in the short-term, but such factors cloud the confidence of SMEs in seeking to help India with their programme, also putting off future investors who are looking for reliable partnerships. What is needed in such circumstances is centralized backing and complete transparency relating to international payments for services rendered.

 

REBRANDING & IMPETUS

 

In 2014 the Clean Ganga project was renamed NAMAMI GANGE. Under the lead of Narendra Modi the quest begun many years ago by Mahatma Gandhi is finally seeing major progress in the installation of sewage treatment plants and the closure of many seriously polluting industries.

 

Eleven diesel powered surface trash skimmers have been deployed to sweep up river debris, running with a campaign to educate farmers and villagers as to careful disposal of waste water and chemicals. All in all it is a wonderful effort with tangible progress a measure of the levels of funding and the determination of the Prime Minister, with $3 Billion pledged over the next 5 years, that properly managed is bound to reap the rewards of a cleaner Ganga river. You can see from the sample of posters of various projects how this is being achieved.

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION AGENDA - Wednesday February 21st -  3:00 - 5:30pm

TOPIC

POINTS TO COVER

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Welcome and Introductions 

Scene setting, aims and agenda

Eddie Malone

15:00

The Opportunity

How doing business in India is changing

Eddie Malone

15:15-

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Overview of the Indian water market

Rishikesh Chanda

16:15

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Namami Gange Clean Ganga focus projects

Jimmy Carter

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World water tech reflections, customers, L&T

DIT Water Specialist

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UK Co. views and feedback discussion

All

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The UK Offer

Discussion the UK offer for Clean Ganga projects

Facilitated by

16:15

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How to develop the offer - India Airports example

Jimmy Carter

17:15

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UK capability, capacity and appetite

DIT Water Specialist

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Financial proposition: PPP; investment

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Exemplar UK projects to build on

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Engaging the wider supply chain & practical next steps

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Engagement & Showcasing

How might the UK approach the opportunity

Facilitated by

17:15-

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Upcoming events & opportunities

Murdhanya Dave

17:25

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Key messaging on the UK offer

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17:25

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Existing collateral / materials to use?

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17:25

AOB & Close

Next steps

Murdhanya Dave

17:30

 

 

 

OPEN LETTER SEPTEMBER 2014 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission in October 2014. He calls on political, religious and industrial leaders to engage with him in the massive cleanup task ahead. We share his vision in spirit. Swachh Bharat mission was renamed Namami Ganga soon after.

 

 

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi approved the flagship "Namami Gange" programme in 2014 which integrates the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga River in a comprehensive manner.

 

Marking a major shift in implementation, the Government is focusing on involving people living on the banks of the river to attain sustainable results via awareness innitiatives. Drawing from the lesson learned from the previous implementation, the program also focuses on involving the States and grassroots levels institutions such as Urban Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions in implementation. The program would be implemented by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and its state counterpart organizations i.e., State Program Management Groups (SPMGs). NMCG will also establish field offices wherever necessary.

 

 

A large company in India, Larsen & Toubro, helping to build the future

 

 

FEATURES OF THE "NAMAMI GANGE" PROGRAMME


Over Rs. 20,000 crore was sanctioned in the 2014-2015 budget for 5 years to 2020. The programme is to cover 8 states, 47 towns and 12 rivers under the present project.

 

Over 1,632-gram panchayats on the banks of Ganga are to be made 'open-defecation-free' by 2022. Several ministries are working with nodal Water Resources Ministry for this project includes - Environment, Urban Development, Shipping, Tourism and Rural Development Ministries. The prime focus will be on involving people living on the river's banks in this project.

 

Under the aegis of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) & State Program Management Groups (SPMGs) States and Urban Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions will be involved in this project.

 

This includes the setting up of river-centric urban planning processes to facilitate better citizen connects, through interventions at Ghats and Riverfronts and expansion of coverage of sewerage infrastructure in 118 urban habitations on banks of Ganga.

 

 

 

VARANASI - Some of the most polluted water is upstream of Varanasi from Kannauj east. The sacred river Ganga is the largest river, extending over the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. The Ganga basin is densely populated with 37 per cent of India's population living in the region. Millions of Indians depend on this great river for physical and spiritual sustenance. People have immense faith in the powers of healing and regeneration of the Ganga. The River plays a vital role in religious ceremonies and rituals. To bathe in Ganga is a lifelong ambition of many who congregate in large numbers for festivals such as Kumbh Mela and numerous Snan (bath) festivals. About 47 per cent of the total irrigated area in India is located in the Ganga basin alone.

 

 

 

 

LONDON HILTON EVENT CONTACTS

 

Sophia Lacey
T: +44 (0)1273 789919
E. sophia.lacey@rethinkevents.com 

Rethink Events Ltd
2nd Floor, Intergen House
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Tel: +44 (0)1273 789989
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Namami Gange national mission to clean the Ganga holy river India

 

 

HOW THE "NAMAMI GANGE" PROGRAMME WORKS

In order to implement "Namami Gange" Programme, a three-tier mechanism has been proposed for project monitoring comprising of:

- A high-level task force chaired by Cabinet Secretary assisted by NMCG at the national level,
- State level committee chaired by Chief Secretary assisted by SPMG at the state level and
- District level committee chaired by the District Magistrate.

"Namami Gange" will focus on pollution abatement interventions namely Interception, diversion & treatment of wastewater flowing through the open drains through bio-remediation/appropriate in-situ treatment/use of innovative technologies/sewage treatment plants (STPs)/effluent treatment plant (ETPs) rehabilitation and augmentation of existing STPs and immediate short-term measures for arresting pollution at exit points on river front to prevent inflow of sewage etc.

 

 

 

 

SHRI NARENDRA MODI - On 26th May 2014 Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister of India, becoming the first ever PM to be born after India attained Independence. Dynamic, dedicated and determined, Narendra Modi reflects the aspiration and hope of over a billion Indians.

Ever since he assumed office in May 2014, PM Modi has embarked on a journey of all-round and inclusive development where every Indian can realize their hopes and aspirations. He remains deeply inspired by the principle of 'Antyodaya', of serving the last person in the queue.

 

 

Sewage treatment plant built by L&T Larsen and Toubro

 

Through innovative ideas and initiatives, the Government has ensured that the wheels of progress move at rapid pace and the fruits of development reach every citizen. Governance has become open, easier and transparent. Contact Details:

 

Prime Minister's Office
South Block, Raisina Hill
New Delhi-110011
Phone No: +91-11-23012312    Fax: +91-11-23019545, 23016857
https://www.facebook.com/narendramodi     https://twitter.com/narendramodi

 

 

Map on India Ganges, Yamuna, Champal, Brahmaputra rivers

 

GEOGRAPHY - Map of the Ganges/Brahmaputra basin, a massive complex of rivers that drain India, Bangladesh and China surface water into the Bay of Bengal, unfortunately, transporting millions of gallons of untreated toxic waste into the Indian Ocean. The Ganges is navigable for approximately 1,450 kilometers from its mouth(s) from Allahabad heading east to Patna, then Farakka to become the Padma, where it is joined by the Brahmaputra as the main distributory of the Ganges, flowing south-east until confluence with the Meghna (as one of three forming the Ganges Delta), before exit into the Bay of Bengal.

 

 

CONTACTS IN INDIA

 

 

Department International Trade Delhi
British High Commission
Shantipath
New Delhi
Chanakyapuri 110021
India

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

Enquiries +91 (11) 2419 2100

 

 

Department for Int Trade Ahmedabad
British Deputy High Commission Ahmedabad
Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
Ramdevnagar, Satellite
Ahmedabad
Gujarat 380015
India

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

Enquiries +91 79 2646 7138

 

Department Int Trade Bengaluru
British Deputy High Commission
Prestige Takt
23 Kasturba Road Cross
Bangalore
560001
India

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

Enquiries +91 (80) 22100200

 

 

Department Int Trade Chandigarh

British Deputy High Commission
178-178A, Business and Industrial Complex
Unit C516, Tower C
Phase I, Industrial Area
Chandigarh
160002
India

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

Enquiries +91 82 8800 9897

 

 

Department Int Trade Chennai
British Deputy High Commission
20 Anderson Road
Chennai
600 006
India

 

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

Enquiries +91 (44) 42192151

 

 

 

Department Int Trade Hyderabad
British Deputy High Commission
2nd Floor, Taj Deccan Hotel
Road No.1
Hyderabad
Banjara Hills 500034
India

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

Enquiries +91 (40) 6666 9147

 

 

 

Department Int Trade Kolkata
British Deputy High Commission
1A Ho Chi Minh Sarani
Kolkata
700 071
India

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

Enquiries +91 (33) 2288 5172-76

 

 

 

Department Int Trade Mumbai
British Deputy High Commission
11th floor, Naman Chambers
C/32, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex
Mumbai
Bandra (E) 400 051
India

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

Enquiries +91 (22) 6650 2222
Department for International Trade Pune

 

 

British Trade Office
5th Floor, 505 B-Wing
MCCIA Trade Tower
International Convention Centre Complex
403 - A, Senapati Bapat Road
Pune
411 016
India

Email ditindia@fco.gov.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

S.No

SPMGs

Contact Details - Address, Phone, Email

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1

Bihar

Project Director,SPMG Group (Secretary Urban Development)

Government of Bihar
Vikash Bhawan,Bailey Road, Patna
Bihar 800001

Phone Number: 0612-2215580,2210000   Fax Number: 0612-2217059,22005520
Mobile Number: NA
Email ID: urbansec-bih@nic.in
Website: NA

 

2

Jharkhand

Project Director,SPMG Group
Urban Development & Housing Department,
Room no. 403, 4th Floor, Project Bhawan, Dhurwa, Ranchi, Jharkhand-834004

Phone Number: 0651 2446640   Fax Number: 0651 2446640
Mobile Number: NA
Email ID: jhspmgngrba@gmail.com
Website: NA

 

3

Uttar Pradesh

Address: Project Director,SPMG Group
834, Bapu Bhawan
Sachivalya, Lucknow, - 226001


Phone Number: 0522-2237067   Fax Number: 0522-2235241
Mobile Number: NA
Email ID: pd@sgrca.org
Website: www.sgrca.org/

 

4

Uttarakhand

Address: Project Director,SPMG Group
117 Indira Nagar Dehradun 248001
Uttarakhand


Phone Number: 0135-2769932   Fax Number: 0135-2763434
Mobile Number: NA
Email ID: spmgngrba.utk01@gmail.com
Website: NA

 

5

West Bengal

Address: Project Director,SPMG Group
Unnayan Bhawan (3rd Floor), DJ-11, Sector-II,BLOCK-A,KMDA,
Kolkata 700091


Phone Number: 033-23217371/23217370   Fax Number: 033-23340089
Mobile Number: NA
Email ID: spmg.programdirector@gmail.com
Website: NA

 

 

Water is vital to all life on earth. The collection, treatment, distribution and disposal of the water that we use on land to live and for our businesses has a serious knock on effect for marine life - if the water that is fed into rivers and ocean outlets is contaminated - and it is through no fault of water supply companies.

 

 

 

 

In almost all walks of life humans rely on plastic, in many cases without even realizing it. Our clothing , goods and food packaging is plastic reliant. Every time we wash our clothes micro fibres enter the waste disposal systems that are provided by water suppliers and fed into our treatment and sewage systems, finally finding its way into our rivers and thence into the oceans. Clean rivers are thus essential as the link between human intervention and the natural marine world. We must then act responsibly in ensuring that the water cycle that cleanses and nourishes our land is not unduly infected by industrial and urban concentrations.

 

 

London Hilton Bankside SE1

 

LONDON HILTON - Was the venue for a round table get together event in February 2018 where the Ganga clean up project was looked at with a view to seeing if and how the UK might contribute.

 

 

HILTON LONDON BANKSIDE VENUE

 

The Hilton London Bankside is located conveniently close to the Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre, The Shard and Borough Market.

 

The Hilton Bankside is a destination building in London's vibrant arts area. It is the closest five star hotel to the Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe attractions and pushes the brand into the next generation of hotel architecture: rooted in the characteristics, culture and heritage of its neighbourhood.


Hilton London Bankside
2-8 Great Suffolk Street,
London, SE1 0UG

Tel: 020 3667 5600

 

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LINKS & REFERENCE

 

http://www.tata.com/

http://www.larsentoubro.com/

https://www.great.gov.uk/

https://ninesights.ninesigma.com/web/tata-steel-gallery

http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/pms-profile/

https://www.india.gov.in/spotlight/namami-gange-programme#tab=tab-1

https://twitter.com/cleanganganmcg

https://www.gov.uk/world/organisations/department-for-international-trade-india

https://www.gov.uk/world/india

http://worldwatertechinnovation.com/

 

 

 

 

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GANGA NAMAMI CLEAN UP GROUP MEETING LONDON HILTON FEBRUARY 2018 INDIAN HIGH COMMISSION