Groundwater and Riverine System: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions for Rapidly Urbanizing Ganga Basin

The event is now completed

Date: 4 August, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (IST)
Venue: Online (Zoom Platform)
Language: English


Groundwater resources are being extracted to meet increasing water requirement of agriculture, industrial and urban sector in the rapidly urbanising Ganga basin.  Several cities with groundwater availability at 20 feet below ground level (b.g.l) in year 2000 are now reported to be tapping aquifers at 200-250 feet b.g.l.

The Ganga River health / flows though are closely related to groundwater but not often discussed.  This webinar is a part of series of activities envisaged under newly launched 3-year duration CSE programme – ‘Capacity building initiative focusing on ‘Making Ganga basin cities water sensitive’ (hyperlink). Under this initiative series of – webinars, workshops trainings (both online and residential), field exposure visits, knowledge conclaves aimed at engaging 1,300+ number state / municipal functionaries and other sector players.

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. 

This programme is supported by National Mission Clean Ganga and is part of the series of ongoing efforts by NMCG aimed to ensuring convergence of Namami Gange Mission with national flagship urban missions (AMRUT, Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat Mission, HRIDAY, NULM) and other missions (Atal Bhujal Yojana, Jal Jeewan Mission, Jal Shakti Mission) at state /city level across Ganga basin states.

About the Webinar


Capacity building, awareness and action research for promoting sustainable urban groundwater management for improved river health in Ganga basin cities.


  • To develop better understanding of the urban groundwater and its connection with riverine system
  • To discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions for rapidly urbanizing Ganga basin. 

For information, contact:

Webinar Coordinators:

Charu Upadhyay
Deputy Programme Manager
Water Unit, CSE




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Rajiv Ranjan Mishra
Director General,
National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) Ministry of Jal Shakti,
Govt. of India
Dr Abhijit Mukherjee
Associate Professor,
Dept. of Geology and Geophysics Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),
Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla 
Senior Director,
CSE Academic Director - School of Water and Waste (AAETI)
Prof. Venkatesh Dutta,
Ph.D, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (SEES)
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University
(A Central University) Lucknow (UP) INDIA
Dr. V. K. Chaurasia
Joint Adviser (PHEE)
Central Public Health & Environmental Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO)
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Goverment of India
Dr. Ashok Ghosh
Bihar State Pollution Control Board & Professor and HoD Research,
Mahavir Cancer Institute and Research Centre Patna,
Bihar, India
Target Participants
  • State / municipal functionaries dealing with urban planning, water, sewerage and sanitation including flood / drainage sector in Ganga basin states.
  • SPMG, Programme Management Units & SPVs supporting state/cities.
  • Namami Gange Programme partners and key funding agencies – World Bank, ADB and other bi lateral funding agencies.
  • International Non-Governmental Organization and local grassroots community-based organization incl. Self Help Groups. 
  • Technology providers, consultants including practitioners, researchers, academicians and NGO’s promoting sustainable water management.