At MoEF, Govt of India, Delhi , we had a meeting with Dr Rajiv Sharma Mission Director NGRBA, MrVivek Wadekar, National Project Director, Society of Integrated Coastal Management, Ms Genevieve Connors of World Bank and others about the possibility of extending NGRBA to Sagar / Gangasagar. The issue was that NGRBA is concerned about urban areas but Gangasagar is a rural area. On the other hand, we argued, Gangasagar was a major location in Ganga and should be included in the programme.
It was agreed that this would be possible in view of the special importance of Gangasagar to include projects in Sagar island but that there should be no overlap with the projects being undertaken under the World Bank assisted ICZM project.
This was a major decision that we could achieve. We will soon prepare a Concept Note and include few projects under NGRBA.
I will return to Kolkata this evening.