A River Festival Ganga Utsav 2021 was celebrated on 1-3 Nov across India. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) had been celebrating the day of declaration of river Ganga as ‘National River’ on 4th November of every year with an objective to promote stakeholder engagement and ensure public participation under aegis of Ganga Knowledge Center. The utsav celebrates mystical and cultural river Ganga through storytelling, folklores, dialogues with eminent personalities, quizzes, displaying traditional art forms, dance & music performance by renowned artists, photo galleries and exhibitions and much more. Celebrating the glory of holy river Ganga, this year the utsav will also appreciate living & practised cultural richness along river Ganga.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is geared to establish policy principles, innovative technologies and implementation strategies for sustainable water and sanitation management in order to help lay the foundations for a water and waste-prudent society. CSE has recently partnered with the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India for a unique three-year action research and capacity building initiative, ‘Making Ganga basin cities water sensitive’. Key focus areas of the programme are Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning, Urban Water Efficiency and Conservation, Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Local Reuse, Urban Groundwater Management and Urban Waterbodies / Lake Management. Under this newly built partnership and as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, CSE in their focus towns- Bijnor and Chunar along with Lucknow celebrated ‘Ganga Utsav’ in collaboration with municipalities of the respective cities. The aim of the 03 day program from 1st-3rd Nov 2021 was to encourage community to realize the important of rivers especially Ganga.The details of events are as follows - Chunar: Ganga Yatra / Run, Signature and Yoga / Meditation Camp Bijnor: Poetry Competition and Signature Campaign Lucknow: Street Play / Nukkad Natak