Launching of NMCG project on Ganga

Launching ceremony of a project "Assessment of Fish and Fisheries of the Ganga river system for developing suitable Conservation and Restoration Plan" sanctioned by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under Namami Gange to ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore was held on 07.07.2016 simultaneously at its head quarter at Barrackpore and Allahabad Regional Centre. The various activities envisaged under the project during its 5 years duration includes exploratory survey of the river Ganga; assessment of fish diversity and composition at selected sites; stock assessment of selected cold and warm water species; seed production of selected fish species from riverine brooders and ranching in depleted river stretches; awareness programs, identification of conservation sites and preparation of the fisheries conservation and restoration plan for the Ganga river system.

Prof. R. K. Kole, Head, Dept of Agricultal Chemicals, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and a renowned researcher on ecology and pollution of river Ganga was the Chief Guest in the program at CIFRI, Barrackpore. Dr. M. K. Das, Former Head, FREM Division, CIFRI and a noted scientist with significant contribution on Ganga fisheries was present in the program as Guest of Honour. More than 80 participants including Ganga researchers, scientists, technical officers, students etc. were present in the workshop. Dr. R. K. Manna, Sr. Scientist, CIFRI and Co-PI, NMCG Ganga project welcomed the gathering to the function. Dr. V. R. Suresh, Director (Acting), CIFRI and CPI of NMCG Ganga project highlighted the journey of CIFRI in the research on different aspects of Ganga starting from seed prospecting in 1950s to participation in Ganga Action Plan and collaborative research with CPCB, etc. He also briefed about the proposed activities of the present project with special emphasis on river ranching in the light of shift in fish species composition in the river.


Dr. M. K. Das mentioned about the present condition of the river and pinpointed the gap between potential of STPs with respect to the amount of sewage load that need to be addressed immediately. He also stressed on the research need on 'environmental flow' with emphasis on water requirement for different types of fish species. Prof. R. K. Kole, in his address described the present status of ecology and pollution in lower stretch of river Ganga. City sewage and industrial load is a cause of concern. He mentioned about the requirement of Indian standard for tolerance limit of pesticides and heavy metals in rivers. A laboratory was inaugurated as "Namami Gange Fish Research Centre" at the ground floor of the main building during the occasion.

The launching function at CIFRI Allahabad Centre was inaugurated by Shri Shyama Charan Gupta, Honourable Member of Parliament, Allahabad. On this occasion, he inaugurated a Research Laboratory set up at the Centre for the Project. Speaking on the occasion, he stressed on the need for cleaning of the river Ganga and conservation of its valuable biota including fishery. Prof. U.C. Srivastava, General Secretary, NASI, highlighted the measures of river cleaning and fish conservation with peoples' participation.


Dr. B. K. Dwivedi, Director, Bioved Institute, Allahabad also highlighted importance of rich fish diversity of the river and need for conservation. An exhibition was also organised on the occasion displaying various activities of the institute as well as of the Regional Centre. More than 95 participants including fishers, fish traders, serving and retired scientists of CIFRI, researchers, representatives of local institutions and students participated in the programme. The function was concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. D. N. Jha Scientist of the Regional Centre.