Ganga River Current Affairs

Namami Gange Programme: NMCG approves used of GIS technology

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has partnered with board Survey of India, to facilitate the Ganga rejuvenation task under Namami Gange programme by using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. Through the project, NMCG aims to strengthen planning and implementation at national, state and local levels.

Key Facts

The project includes use of Digital Elevation Model (DEM) technology which ensures accurate data collection which is important aspect for river basin management planning. DEM technology enables identification of entire topography of area. It supports decision-making process by easily making available data for policy makers. Critical hotspots are also easily identified through this technology.

Significance of GIS technology for Namami Gange programme

It will also ensure decentralisation. The data collected and subsequent actions can easily be shared with local public through geo portals and mobile apps. It will also enable people to send their feedback up to national level thereby providing interactive and transparent platform. It will map all types of other institutions from the source outlet to the public drainage network for effective discharge management. The high resolution GIS enabled data will also help in regulating proposed protected and regulatory zones along banks of river.

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UP Government launches Ganga Hariteema Yojana

Uttar Pradesh Government has launched Ganga Hariteema Yojana (also known as Ganga Greenery scheme) in 27 districts of the state located on the bank of river Ganga. It was launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a function organised on bank of Sangam the confluence of rivers of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati.

Key Facts

The scheme aims at enhancing green cover in catchment areas of river Ganga and control land erosion. Under it tree plantation will be carried out in 1 Km areas from banks of river. General people will also be encouraged for tree plantation on their private lands under ‘One Person One Tree’ slogan.

Department of Forest has been nominated as nodal department for the scheme. High power committee under chairmanship of Chief Minister will monitor implementation of scheme. The scheme will be carried out by September 16, 2018 which is observed as Ozone Day.

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