Geospatial and crowd-sourcing technologies to monitor pollution of river Ganga

The Bhuvan Ganga web portal provides geospatial data such as flood annual layers (Image: NRSC)

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), carried out by the Government of India, will monitor the pollution of river Ganga using geospatial and crowd-sourcing technologies.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has signed an agreement with the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organization in order to use geospatial and crowd-sourcing tools for pollution monitoring in river Ganga.

To support Clean Ganga Mission on decision making and planning, the Bhuvan Ganga mobile application and the Bhuvan Ganga web portal have been launched. The mobile app allows users to collect and report information related to pollution sources affecting the water quality of river Ganga.

The web portal provides geospatial information such as hydrological layers and environmental data. Specific datasets of disasters are also available, for instance a 2010 flood annual layer for Delhi or a flood hazard zonation for Bihar. 

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