The National Mission for Clean Ganga organized Himalayan Diwas on September 09, in association with Naula Foundation. The day is celebrated with an aim to preserve the Himalayan ecosystem and region. This day is celebrated to mark the importance of the Himalayas. The Himalayan hill cities face many challenges due to poor building planning and design, poor infrastructures like toads, water supply, sewage etc. and unprecedented felling of trees.
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Himalayan Diwas 2022: Theme
Himalaya Day 2022 was observed under the theme ‘Himalayas will be safe only when the interests of its residents are protected.
Himalayan Diwas 2022: Significance
The day is observed highlighting that there is an urgent need to develop eco-sensitive hill town plans and designs. The Himalayas are a source of strength and a valuable heritage for the entire world. So it needs to be protected. Apart from promoting scientific knowledge, the day helps to raise awareness and community participation.
Himalayan Diwas: History
In 2015, September 9 was officially declared as Himalaya Day by the then Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. The Himalayas play an important role in saving and maintaining nature and protecting the country from adverse weather conditions. Apart from being rich in biodiversity of flowers and fauna, the Himalayan range is also responsible for bringing rain to the country. Himalaya Day is also an excellent day to raise awareness among the general public and bring about community participation in conservation activities.
About the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG):
On August 12, 2011, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was listed as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The consortium acts as the implementation arm of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), which was constituted under provisions of the Environment Protection Act (EPA), 1986, and was established to address pollution challenges in the Ganga river.
The operational area of this project comprises the Ganges Basin and all states through which the river flows, including Delhi. The objective of the National Mission for Clean Ganga is to reduce pollution and ensure the rejuvenation of the Ganga river. This can be achieved by promoting intersectoral coordination for comprehensive planning & management and maintaining minimum ecological flow in the river, with the aim of ensuring water quality and environmentally sustainable development.