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TarunbishtGanga is the longest river in our nation covering a mighty 2525kms of distance from the Gangotri glaciers (its source) till the Bay of Bengal. The importance of this sacred river just cannot be jotted down in words on a paper ,for we Indians are connected religiously,economically and historically to this river. But sadly Ganga ranks among the top five most polluted rivers of the world , in cities like Varanasi more than hundred times the normal fecal coliform has been detected. River basin planning and development would no doubt promote economic stability,quality of life and also help in flood control,supply of water for municipal , industrial and agricultural use and would provide opportunity for fishing,improved transportation and recreation. But as Ganga supports an unprecedented biodiversity ranging from Diatoms to endangered Ganga river Dolphins this development of basins can lead to major side effects in terms of biodiversity loss,pollution,epidemics etc.Hence a prior need arises to protect such a heavy loss by carefully planning the project by extensive research particularly on various native species; for example fishes which are known to migrate from Bay of Bengal upstream as far as Uttar Pradesh would then be restricted from doing so due to construction of dams and hence this would affect their life cycles which in turn could lead to species loss. Being a post graduation student enrolled in M.sc Himalayan aquatic biodiversity from HNB Garhwal central university and that my course study dealing with specialization in fresh water biodiversity i find this BRIP 2011 conference as a platform to share my views with other fellow students and respected faculty members.It would be a great honour to be summoned to the conference.
tinkuiitkA prominent part of Indian culture, the Ganga is regarded as a goddess with water of love and divinity. Many beautifully written books describe river Ganga in various poems, stories and religious practices associated with this river. But today the magical water of river Ganga is endangered because of wastes of industries and our social and religious activities. It was on the banks of river Ganga where the earliest of the human civilizations flourished. The banks of Ganga are one of the most fertile regions in the Indian subcontinent. Our irrigation system is highly dependent on river Ganga as many dams and canals have been built upon this river and thus it is the major source of water supply for agricultural purposes and hydroelectric power generation. Ganga plays an influential role in the Indian economy as it nurtures many cash crops like sugarcane, oil seeds etc. It is also a major tourist attraction and many indigenous businesses are rooted upon this river. Sadly, our river of delight is gravely troubled today as a consequence of our daily practices. Industrial wastes are dumped on a regular basis into the river which is a major source of pollution. Daily social and religious activities on the banks of the river also cause pollution of the river. I once visited Ganga Ghats in Kanpur and saw the immense dirt and wastes along with many dead water animals floating on the waters of Ganga. This account had a great impact upon me and I made my mind to aware people of this great calamity that has come upon this river and I sincerely wish to be a part of a movement to clean Ganga and I would relish upon any such endeavors made in this pursuit of clean Ganga.
tsavniIndia faces a large number of transnational as well as inter-state conflicts related to water resources. The problems faced are in managing the waters of a river in different states, geographical and emotional complexities, and ecological impacts and the legal dimension of these disputes. In India, water is a subject of State List so settling inter-state disputes is not at all easy. India shares boundary with many countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Pakistan. This paper tries to put forth recommendations for managing inter-state and transnational boundary water disputes. The paper tries to show how river water sharing can help in bringing regional economic development, lessen social complexities, increase livelihood options and preserve biodiversity. This paper primarily lays emphasis on conservation of biodiversity and equitable allocation of water among different states. The generation of data base in relation to political boundaries rather than at the basin level creates inappropriate boundary issues. However, disputes are often resolved informally though active participation of several non-state actors: political parties, NGOs, community groups and networks. The availability of political spaces for mitigating disputes, while evading violent and secessionist tendencies, provide opportunities to explore the expanding democratic spaces in India. Both the state and civil society initiatives have their advantages and limitations in reference to the inter-state water dispute. Alternative activation of the Inter-State Council (Art. 263 of the Constitution) which has the potential of being an effective mechanism. Our effort should be to establish an equal treatment for all states for a priceless commodity such as water.
tulika.cnluThe sharing of river waters across political boundaries is a matter of conflict in many countries. India faces a large number of transnational as well as inter-state conflicts on common water resources. River waters dispute between States and the emergence of workable compromise formulae are often constrained by inadequate information and database, ineffective institutional mechanisms, hardened regional identities and loyalties and threat of economic hardship. The political boundaries that divide States, which is a political construct, often subsume issues that are human, common and social in nature. The legal and institutional aspects of interstate water conflicts recognises the need to bring in changes in existing laws, the requirement for new institutional mechanisms that would address the changed scenarios of water utilization in a river basin and also the increased role of civil society organizations in any such endeavors. Conflicts surrounding river water sharing raise questions related to Indian federalism. The most important is Entry 17 subject to provisions of Entry 56 in the union list that gives extensive powers to the central government to legislate regarding inter-state rivers. The effort would be to draw awareness about the issues and make strong effective suggestions to counter the problems to suit the needs of one and all.
tushar apurvI believe that rivers, especially Ganga, are one of the most important natural resources for our country because of our heavy reliance on agriculture. The entire fertile alluvial planes from Punjab to Assam, on which the entire nation depends for its food requirements, are a result of this great river. Thousands of farmers depend on Ganga for food, livelihood and for meeting their domestic water needs. In a sense, it is their lifeline. Besides these, it is also considered holy and holds a special significance in the hearts of Indian people. Today unfortunately Ganga is threatened with extinction due to climate change. As, predicted by the IPCC report, the Himalayan glaciers, which are the source of river Ganga, are melting due to global warming. This effect has been accelerated due to rapid deforestation and environmental degradation near Gangotri, the source of Ganga. Because of rapid melting of glaciers, there will be reduction in the flow of Ganga. This will have a direct impact on the food security and the economy of our country. Also, due to climate change, there is likely to be an increase in the frequency of extreme events like draughts and floods, which will not only affect agriculture adversely but also threaten the lives of majority of population living on the banks of the river. That is why I want to study about various processes related to water resources like surface runoff patterns, river basins, ground water flows and hydrogeology, and the responses of these systems towards climate change and develop technology in this field so that we can predict the impacts of these changes and take steps to prevent damage. I have already done a project in this field, which was based on flood routing in Upper Krishna Catchment using the software HEC RAS at and I am currently learning the techniques of rainfall projection by statistical downscaling with the help of one of my professors. I strongly believe this conference would provide an opportunity to expand my knowledge in this field and help in achieving my long term goal of serving my country.
ubagriI have deep love towards Ganga river. I have keenly observed the reverence of Ganga river in Hindu scriptures.Its economic importance is unsurpassed. But when I see today's condition, I feel like doing something for dying ganga. Ganga is so much polluted that it can neither be considered holy nor be considered healthy. It becomes top priority to redesign the Ganga river basin's structure and implement necessary measures to curb pollution in it. What also concerns me is the grave danger that the rare floral and fauna biodiversity of Ganga is facing. We can not at all bear the loss of those rare species' extinction. I feel that it is the responsibility of today's youth to come forward and help this cause enthusiastically. If we wish to see ganga in it's majestic attire again and forever, then an immediate planned action is mandatory. If we are to avoid the great economic loss that will be caused to the country due to the diminishing Ganga river, sustainable actions have to be used.I look forward towards this conference as a chance to meet dignitaries and experts as well as a platform for rendering my help to Ganga river Conservation. It will also provide me with opportunities to meet like-minded youth from across the country and provide me with good subject knowledge. Above all, I will get the satisfaction of helping river Gnaga that is dear to me.
utkarshsinghThe river space created by the artificial withdrawal of the river-water in order to create a large number of industrial and commercial establishments, formal settlements, roads and highways and growth of real estates is a common feature. Most of these development activities are carried out in an unplanned way and many of them are established illegally. The disappearance of small water bodies (e.g. ponds, ditches etc) in the city may be due to encroachment and illegal filling up of wetlands by the local muscle power. Floodplains are land areas adjacent to rivers and streams that are subject to recurring inundation. Owing to their continually changing nature, floodplains and other flood-prone areas need to be examined in the light of how they might affect or be affected by development. The important concepts related to flood hazard assessments and explores the use of remote sensing data from satellites to supplement traditional assessment techniques will help in further excavation and redressal of the problem. In summary, floodplain dynamics are basic considerations to be incorporated in an integrated development planning study. It is essential that the study recognize that changes brought on by development can and will affect the floodplain in a multitude of ways.
Vardaan371Ganga Ma! Not just an ordinary river, but a part of our culture and the mother of all Hindus. A river defined by its spiritual and religious significance. While I was growing up, I was told that the Gangajal was the purest form of water which I could ever taste in my life. A drop of Gangajal was all that that was needed to feel the essence of this holy river. Sadly, the generations after me wouldn't get an opportunity to have even a drop of Gangajal. Presently, the Ganges is considered to be one of the most polluted rivers in the world. In spite of being a sacred river, it is used for washing clothes and animals, for the disposal of chemical waste from textile dying and brass making industries, and solid waste like plastic bags, flower garlands,etc.Yet, the biggest cause of pollution is untreated sewage. 88% comes from 27 cities along the banks of Ganga.Rituals which were supposed to make the Ganga holier are instead pushing it on the verge of extinction. Attending this conference will provide me with an opportunity to make a difference, to do something for our ailing Ganga. Though it may appear to be a nightmare to overcome this serious problem but the reality is that we need to get to the core of the problem and implement strategies to safeguard these precious natural resources for the sake of our own survival. It is imperative that rather than having a reactive approach, we need to think of a proactive approach to provide a practical and a sustainable solution to the problem.Experiences in countries like the United States, Australia and China show that the proactive approaches are being implemented voluntarily by the polluters to reduce their pollutants once the ‘market-based’ mechanisms are introduced. In these systems polluters are not told how much they can pollute or what technology they must use, but their choices will have financial consequences and this will influence the choices they make. With these policies, emission constraints are not source-specific; rather they provide equal incentives to all polluters by increasing the marginal costs of pollution. Moreover, several stakeholders such as producers, consumers, users, government authorities and local community members get directly involved with this process. The importance of inclusion of all the stakeholders (both who generate and manage the pollution) to develop an effective approach for pollution control cannot be undermined. The pollution problem of the Ganges has become complex because of it's multidimensional nature. There are social, economic, political and environmental dimensions to this issue which need to be addressed simultaneously while attempting a sustainable solution to the problem. It is a mammoth challenge for developing country like India where a speedy economic growth is requisite without compromising with the conservation of the natural environment or endangering the livelihood of a particular community such as the farmers. As we would all agree the time has come to take actions to protect our Ganga Ma from further degradation and before nature takes revenge on us. However, the prerequisite of taking any action is that we need environmentally aware and enlightened people for the purpose. Awareness about the negative consequences of our harmful activities which ultimately affect our precious natural resources including rivers can minimize the damage caused to them in many folds. That is why it is high time to stress on environmental education from the primary to the tertiary level of studies in our country because learners of today are the leaders of tomorrow. I think we can take a leaf out of the book of scientist Veer Bhadra Mishra,The Mahant of the Sankat Mochan Temple, who has done great amounts of work to help save our very own Ganga. He has implemented the concept of gravity fed decantation ponds that use algae to turn sewage into fertilizer. This conference will enable young students like me to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Veer Bhadra Mishra. With the help of this conference, we will be able to implement whatever knowledge we have gathered in our respective fields and bring it to use save our Mother Ganga.
vibhacAs we all know Ganga is our holy river. I was always fascinated by its existence since early times and role of it in human development. Due to our anthropogenic activity we have polluted this river, which is getting worst day by day. As my wholesome desire and my responsibility towards environment I joined IIT Kanpur for for doing masters in environment and engineering Discipline. During my tenure here I have learned about the different activities due to which Ganga is being polluted and moreever its dangerous effect. Including this we had taught that being an environmental Engineer how we can contribute for cleaning this. Various measures taken by the organization to clean it.Government has already taken different measures in order to clean this river. but due to lack of concern of people this project not got success.Now government had come up with robust concept which I am sure will work. As a student here in IIT Kanpur, I have being provided with good exposure and opportunity to know about this project and more important any contribution which will be beneficial for this project. Utilizing this opportunity and thought, I would like to participate in this seminar which I am sure will offer me good exposure and will give me chance to participate me in this noble cause.
vijalAs we all know,Over 97% of all the water on Earth is salty and most of the remaining 3% is frozen in the polar ice-caps. The atmosphere, rivers, lakes and underground stores hold less than 1% of all the fresh water and this tiny amount has to provide the fresh water needed to support the Earth's population. It is estimated that, with the expected increase in population, there will be a 200% increase in world water needs by the year 2000. Fresh water is a precious resource and the increasing pollution of our rivers and lakes is a cause for alarm.Most fresh water pollution is caused by the addition of organic material which is mainly sewage but can be food waste or farm effluent. Bacteria and other micro-organisms feed on organic matter and large populations quickly develop using up much of the oxygen dissolved in the water. Normally oxygen is present in high quantities but even a small drop in the level can have a harmful effect on the river animals. Animals can be listed according to their ability to tolerate low levels of oxygen. In the following list animals which indicate a high level of dissolved oxygen are at the beginning while animals indicating a low level of oxygen are at the end: stone-fly nymphs, mayfly nymphs, freshwater shrimps, freshwater hog lice, blood worms, tubifex worms and rat-tailed maggots. so how we can investigate pollution and advise on positive action to improve our rivers.
vikas.varekarMy area of research is mainly focusing on design and evaluation of river water quality monitoring network considering impact of non-point sources of pollution. Configuring water quality monitoring network is a vital step in river basin planning and management to eventually comprehend the process dynamics of a river catchment. The main theme of BRiP 2011 conference will be river basin planning, which will definitely provide me a platform to share my innovative ideas through interactions with experts from all over India. This is a great opportunity for me to participate in this conference. Further as we know “Ganga Mata” is the mother of us but due to uncontrolled anthropogenic activities the most “Pavitra” (pure and sacred) river becomes one of the most polluted rivers in India. Therefore there is a need of proper management for improvement of Ganga river water quality and conservation of its biodiversity. In this context I am very grateful and proud to involve myself in the conference related to a dream project of “Ganga River Basin Management Plan” (GRBMP). Again as a citizen of India I am aware about my social responsibilities to put my efforts and use my knowledge for the betterment of my country. Hence participation in BRiP-2011 will be a golden moment in my life and I am very enthusiastic to attend the BRiP-2011.
vinay kumar dubeyExpression of Interest Myself vinay kumar dubey ,Research Scholar in deptt.of Applied Chemistry, IT,BHU,Varanasi. My research topic is “MONITORING RIVER GANGA FOR NUTRIENTS AND ITS CONTROL” Restoration of ‘Nirmal’ dhara and ‘Aviral’ dhara in the rivers of the Ganga basin are two important objectives of Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP). It has been suggested that this will require following steps for sewage collection, treatment and disposal processes: 1. Complete stoppage of the discharge of sewage, either treated or un‐treated from towns and cities into the tributaries of the Ganga basin. 2. Effluents from urban domestic sources must be collected and treated up to tertiary level. 3. The treated water should be recycled or reused for various purposes, i.e., industrial, irrigation, horticultural, non‐contact/non‐potable domestic uses, groundwater recharge, etc. Thus there is a definite need to explore the possibilities of ground water recharge using the treated municipal waste waters. Varanasi being one of the major cities on the banks of Ganga deserves special attention due to its cultural and tourism value. I have attempted to understand THE NUTRIENTS CONCENTRATIONS INriver bodies, its effects and its control through various technologies. In the process of this learning, I developed great passion to work for the betterment of river Ganga and its water quality. I wish to attend “River Basin Planning-2011” conference to understand broader issues involved in the process. With regards VINAY KUMAR DUBEY (RESEARCH SCHOLAR) Deppt.of Applied Chemistry, IT,BHU, Varanasi.
vishakha yadavThe mighty Ganga is not only the river but much more for us .Ganga is a symbol of faith, hope, substance and sanity. The river provides spiritual sustenance to 1 billion Hindus, who regard it as sacred. And it provides physical sustenance to hundreds of millions of people who live in its watershed so Ganga is not only a holy river but holds great importance in the economic, social and cultural life of the Indian people in general and Hindus in particular. According to Hindu mythology, the Ganga River came down to Earth from the heavens. Today, the river symbolizes purification to millions of Hindus who believe that drinking or bathing in its waters will lead to moksha, or salvation. Many Hindus keep water from the Ganga in glass bottles as a sacred relic, or for use in religious ceremonies. The river becomes the final resting place for thousands of Hindus, whose cremated ashes or partially burnt corpses are placed in the river for spiritual rebirth. National student’s conference is the proper platform to narrate innovative ideas ,debate and discuss various pertinent issues towards streamlining the approach of river basin planning.And its my immense pleasure to share my knowledge and innovative ideas on the subject. On the other hand we gain comprehensive understanding and critical importance of river basin planning. Jai Ganga Maiya!!!!