The Ganges Water Diversion: Environmental Effects and Implications

  • M. Monirul Qader Mirza

Part of the Water Science and Technology Library book series (WSTL, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. M. Monirul Qader Mirza
    Pages 13-37
  3. M. Monirul Qader Mirza, Maminul Haque Sarker
    Pages 81-102
  4. Ansarul Karim
    Pages 125-161
  5. Alan Potkin
    Pages 163-176
  6. M. Monirul Qader Mirza, Md. Altaf Hossain
    Pages 177-196
  7. Moinuddin Naser, Harun-Ur-Rashid, Farzana Abdulhusein
    Pages 223-246
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 327-367

About this book


This book deals with environmental effects on both sides of the border between Bangladesh and India caused by the Ganges water diversion. This issue came to my attention in early 1976 when news media in Bangladesh and overseas, began publications of articles on the unilateral withdrawal of a huge quantity of water from the Ganges River through the commissioning of the Farakka Barrage in India. I first pursued the subject professionally in 1984 while working as a contributor for Bangladesh Today, Holiday and New Nation. During the next two decades, I followed the protracted hydro-political negotiations between the riparian countries in the Ganges basin, and I traveled extensively to observe the environmental and ecological changes in Bangladesh as well as India that occurred due to the water diversion. The Ganges, one of the longest rivers of the world originates at the Gangotri glacier in the Himalayas and flows across the plains of North India. Eventually the river splits into two main branches and empties into the Bay of Bengal. The conflict of diversion and sharing of the Ganges water arose in the middle of the last century when the government of India decided to implement a barrage at Farakka to resolve a navigation problem at the Kolkata Port.


Erosion Fauna development ecosystem ecosystems environment hydrology

Editors and affiliations

  • M. Monirul Qader Mirza
    • 1
  1. 1.Adaptation and Impacts Research Group (AIRG), Environment Canada, c/o Institute for Environmental Studies (IES)University of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6665-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2792-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0921-092X
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