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Ganga-Yamuna Remediation Options & Strategies

In Brief, (Ganga-Yamuna) Conference, New Delhi, July 25, 2002

Yamuna Foundation for Blue Water with School of Environmental Sciences/JNU, and Lions Club Delhi Capital

Location: School of Arts and Aesthetics Auditorium

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi, India 110067

Date/Time: Thursday, July 25, 2002, 2:00 – 6:30 PM

Purpose and Objective:

Strategies to mitigate pollution of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna have been developed and implemented for over two decades. Central and State Governments, international aid agencies, research and educational institutions, corporate groups, NGOs and other civil society groups have been involved in various cleanup initiatives and outreach. However, the challenge of ever-increasing pollution in these rivers is yet to be met. To explore possible ways to meet this challenge, this conference is planned as a forum for people representing various organizations who are actively involved in some facet of cleanup initiatives for the Ganga, Yamuna or their tributaries. The remedial technology options befitting the local conditions of the stretches of Ganga and Yamuna river close to major metropolitan cities, such as, Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi will be the focal point of discussion amongst participants involved in this complex cleanup effort. Both Ganga and Yamuna remediation teams will join hands at this conference to review and share experience on the efficacy of the strategies followed so far with a particular focus on the technologies used for river remediation.

The main objective of this conference is to yield a plan identifying viable remedial options and strategies for the Yamuna river and to draw a parallel for the Ganga river. Based on the feasibility of various remediation options it is hoped that the Conference will feed fresh inputs into the existing Yamuna and Ganga Action Plans. The outcome of the conference is expected to have conspicuous options, which should lead us to expeditious implementation steps. The strategies budding out of this conference should lead us to a short- and long-term cleanup plan. Efforts will be made to resort to a bottom-up approach rather than a top-down one to help these twin sisters, the major life-supporting arteries of Delhi, Agra, and many other cities in India.

We invite you to participate in the conference and to join hands in developing a viable and multifaceted plan involving cleanup, awareness, education, and improved watershed management that will turn the waters of these great and holy rivers blue someday.

Tentative program

Opening Remarks (20 Minutes) - Dean, SES/JNU

- District Governor, Lion T.P.S.Khillan,

Presentations (15 Minutes each)

Status of Yamuna River - Mr. Dilip Biswas, Chairman, CPCB

Ganga remediation Effort and Status - Prof. Veer Bhadra Misra, PhD, BHU

Yamuna Floodplain Restoration plan - Prof. Brij Gopal, PhD, JNU

Yamuna remediation effort and status - Subijoy Dutta, P.E., Yamuna Foundation for Blue Water

Each Presentation will be followed by 5 Minutes of Listing/Identifying Questions and Issues for Discussion

Break: 10 Minute

Panel Discussion/Action Session (90 minutes):

Remediation Options and Strategies:

    • Discuss Listed Questions and Issues
    • What Strategies Exist and What Others Could be Considered
    • Task Breakdown and Responsibilities
    • Next Step


For further information please contact Prof. Brij Gopal at JNU; phone: 616-7557 ext. 2324, email: brij00 at msn 123india com or Mr. D.K. Mital, phone: 435-9519 in New Delhi.

Please Complete and Mail the Registration Form below to: Prof. Brij Gopal

Attn: Ganga-Yamuna Registration

School of Environmental Sciences

Jawaharlal Nehru university

NEW DELHI 110067

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