Last Friday, I attended a panel discussion on Save Ganga. It was held in Salt Lake, in the IPHE Building. Rama Rauta of Save Ganga Movement Pune, Paritosh Tyagi former Chairman CPCB, Delhi, Dr Vinod Tare IIT Kanpur, Dr Shyam Asolekat IIT Mumbai, Dr Deepa Dubey IIT Kharagpur, Dr Arunava Majumdar of JU and others were present. B.K Sengupta, President CFBL had invited me. I chaired the panel discusion on Saving the Ganga in West Bengal.
Dr Tare mentioned about the gangapedia site at http://gangapedia.iitk.ac.in/. He advocated promulgation of a law.
I talked about the tension between development and environment.
I talked about involving the citizens and municipalities and referred to our Ganga Utsav held last August.
I talked of learning from past experience, of integrating household connections with massive treatment plants and of ensuring maintenance & operation for 15 years through capitalization.
I talked of the need to allow local variations and mentioned the need for cleaning Tolly's Nullah, Kestopur Canal, Beliaghata Canal and Bagjola Canal.
I talked about the World Bank team that had come to visit the projects in Bengal the same day.
I will hold a review meeting on Wednesday 3rd October.