For his pathbreaking efforts in Ganga Rejuvenation and Sustenance, the former Director-General of National Mission for Clean Ganga, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra was bestowed with the HRED River Ganga Rejuvenation Award 2021 by Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee.
This Annual Research Award recognizes and felicitates landmark contributions dedicated towards Ganga Rejuvenation via scientific, social, environmental, legal and financial breakthroughs.
An alumni of IIT himself Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra has spearheaded many initiatives over the years.
His contributions have established Public Private Partnership (PPP) in waste water management through Hybrid annuity and conservation of rivers beyond Ganga Basin through National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD) and other mechanisms.
‘ Ganga Reimagining Rejuvenating Reconnecting ‘, his recently published book is his latest contribution to improve understanding of this important and complex subject and has been held as an unique account by many national and international experts.
Under his leadership, the NMCG garnered several international and national honours including Public Agency of the Year Award by Global Water Intelligence, London.
While receiving the prestigious HRED award for Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra stated,
“Ultimate success and sustainability can be ensured with ownership of the river and its ecosystem by the people. People River connect is a sine qua non for a rejuvenated Ganga. And to think of Re-imagining, Rejuvenating and Reconnecting with Ma Ganga, India’s longest and most revered river is a herculian task. Therefore, with strong priority and support of Government, the scope of the mission was expanded to go beyond cleaning to holistic rejuvenation and to include improving flow and ecology with environmental flow, afforestation, tributaries clean-up, nurturing of wetlands, natural springs, redevelopment of river fronts, sustainable agriculture and other aspects of basin management.”