Under Phase I of a rejuvenation project, the Uttar Pradesh government will restore and rejuvenate around 50 small rivers in the state, leveraging support from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). These rivers are lower-order rivers, or tributaries of large rivers. The rejuvenation of these rivers is an important constituent of the Namami Gange programme. Uttar Pradesh has 3,000 small rivers, with at least 1,300 tributaries of the Ganga alone. The Centre for Ganga Basin Management Studies, led by IIT Kanpur and its partner institutions, will provide technical support for the project through surveys, data and strategic plans. IIT-BHU; the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee; IIT Kanpur and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, are the partner institutes for the project.