By the River (2017 | Issue 4)

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All in a Day's Work!

German Ambassador to India, Dr Martin Ney, visited the state of Uttarakhand from 30th August to 1st September this year, underlining how strongly Germany supports the Indian government’s “Namami Gange Programme”. He arrived bearing good tidings: Germany will give financial assistance of ₹900 crores towards cleaning up the river Ganga. What’s Up, Germany? accompanied the ambassador, his wife, Dr Gabriele Ney, and a high-ranking delegation to Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun to capture all the action!

Day 1
30th August 2017

The upstream area in Uttarakhand is the focus of our German development cooperation. We are supporting the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the State Programme Management Group (SPMG) of the Uttarakhand government. Currently, we are focussing on eradicating pollution mainly occurring from domestic and industrial sources.

Dr. Martin Ney, German Ambassador to India at SIIDCUL's Integrated Industrial Estate

The first thing on Dr Ney’s agenda was a coffee meeting with industry representatives from SIIDCUL to discuss the progress made towards Ganga rejuvenation. SIIDCUL, or the State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited, gets technical support from Germany for environmental improvements in industries. After that, the ambassador and his wife, Dr Gabriele Ney, made their way to Kwality Poly Threads (KTL) to see what’s being done to treat and reuse wastewater.

I am impressed to see how closely the people are connected to the holy river. Their veneration of the Ganga can play an important part in restoring the health of the river

Kwality Poly Threads (KTL)

River Ganga Aarti

The programmes are well on track, and Uttarakhand could become a role model for other states in India.

River Ganga Aarti

Day 2
31st August 2017

Germany has a comprehensive holistic approach: We concentrate on the whole river basin and work with all
the stakeholders.

Day 3
1st September 2017

Germany is primarily keen on investing in setting up sewerage treatment and management plants in Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Day two kicked off with a walk around Triveni Ghat, where Dr Ney and his wife interacted with people and visited the GIZ’s mobile van, an outreach programme through which locals and pilgrims are informed about how to protect the Ganga and keep it clean.

On the third day, Dr Ney called on Governor Krishan Kant Paul. He also met Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy. The ambassador said that Germany is happy to provide support, especially technical support, for cleaning up the Ganga in Uttarakhand. It will make investments worth ₹900 crore in sewage treatment and management. Assistance from the German Development Agency for Technical Cooperation (GIZ) and technology from Germany will help in rejuvenating the Ganga. Best practices gained from cleaning the Rhine and Danube rivers can be implemented in India.

At the Purnanand Intermediate College, Dr Ney chatted with children and awarded the winners of a drawing competition on the importance of the Ganga and its clean-up. He then proceeded for a meeting with the City Sanitation Task Force (CSTF) to discuss sanitation plans for Rishikesh.

Dr. Ney with Governor Krishan Kant Paul

Dr. Martin Ney with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy

Sanitation improvement is key to achieving the vision of a clean, healthy and hygienic India. Municipal solid waste management is an important aspect to ensure environmentally sound management of waste.