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New Delhi : The Ganga Connect Exhibition was inaugurated at Birmingham, UK, on November 15, 2021, at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire after successful inaugurations at Glasgow and Cardiff, UK. The Ganga Connect Exhibition at Birmingham was inaugurated by Prof. Philip Plowden, Vice Chancellor, Birmingham City University, in the presence of eminent people from different organisations and technology innovators.

Prof. Philip Plowden  appreciated the efforts taken by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and c-Ganga and was pleased that faculties from school of engineering and sciences will participate in the scientific dialogues. He suggested the team of  NMCG and c-Ganga should again visit Birmingham and present the exhibition during the Commonwealth Games 2022, according to a PIB release.

Dr. Shashank Vikram, Consul General of India at Birmingham, highlighted the efforts of  officials of NMCG and Ministry of Jal Shakti for their efficient planning and organising the exhibition and stated that contribution has been extended from Indian communities at Birmingham to the exhibition. He reiterated the importance of river rejuvenation and role of modern technologies requiring collaborative efforts from various partners.

The Ganga Connect Exhibition at Birmingham was joined by D P Mathuria, Executive Director (Technical), NMCG. He thanked all the present delegates and honorary representatives from Birmigham for facilitation of the exhibition and explained the different projects undertaken under the Namami Gange Programme with an aim to providing better quality of life and rejuvenation of river Ganga. During his interaction with the delegates present, he shared the success stories, inspirations, and learnings from the past experiences during the journey of Namami Gange Programme.

The Birmingham exhibition was also visited by various Indian delegates including Sanmit Ahuja, Expert Member, cGanga; Prof. Sachin S Gunthe, IIT Madras; Prof. Prasanta Sanyal, IISER Kolkata, and Dr Vishal Kapoor, IIT Kanpur.

Post inauguration, a detailed roundtable discussion was held attended by nearly 30 participants including industrialists, technology innovators, members of the local government, and eminent members of the Indian diaspora. The discussion was led by  D P Mathuria and was moderated by  Sanmit Ahuja.

Mathuria explained the governmental perspective and approach towards Ganga rejuvenation and summarised the industrial cluster issues. Dr. Shashank Vikram talked about the proactive government approach towards the investment security in the projects related to Ganga River rejuvenation. The role of adopted models such as HAM model, Polluter pays Principle, and regulations under the charters for industries related to water sector were also discussed.

Mathuria and Ahuja addressed the queries from the participants and explained the government priority areas such as wastewater treatment, data and information, agriculture, and others. The discussion was also attended by different industrial experts working on waste-water treatment, hydrogen, biogas, data & information, and advanced engineering.

The Ganga Connect Exhibition started its journey from Glasgow from November 8, 2021, where it was inaugurated by Union Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Labour & Employment Bhupender Yadav. Later, the Ganga Connect Exhibition reached Cardiff, Wales, on November 12 and was inaugurated at Cardiff University, by Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales and  Gaitri Issar Kumar, Indian High Commissioner to the UK.

In its next leg, the Ganga Connect Exhibition will be showcased at Oxford and will finally conclude in London at the end of this month.