Our National River Ganga

Lifeline of Millions

  • Rashmi Sanghi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction to Ganga

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Rashmi Sanghi, Nitin Kaushal
      Pages 3-44
    3. Subhajyoti Das
      Pages 45-71
  3. Rich Biodiversity of Ganga Basin

  4. Ganga Water Quality and Flows

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-170
    2. Devendra Swaroop Bhargava, Devendra Swaroop Bhargava
      Pages 171-188
    3. Ramesh Chandra Trivedi, Ramesh Chandra Trivedi
      Pages 189-210
    4. B. D. Tripathi, Smriti Tripathi
      Pages 211-221
    5. Nitin Kaushal
      Pages 223-237
  5. Some Vital Challenges Being Faced by Ganga in Changing Times

  6. Livelihood and Tourism

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 355-415

About this book


There is a plethora of information available on the river Ganga in the form of books, blogs, articles, websites, videos. Unfortunately, most of the information about this famous river is in a scattered form and reproduced from unverified sources. This contributed volume is the first multi-author volume publication on this subject. The River Ganga includes a vast array of topics written by several authors of distinction. Topics include; hydrology, tributaries, water uses, and environmental features such as river water quality, aquatic and terrestrial flora/fauna, natural resources, ecological characteristics, sensitive environmental components and more. Part I gives a basic introduction of the Ganga river. The existing data and available information from various sources has been compiled in a pictorial fashion in the form of cmaps. Its cultural importance with changing times is also discussed. Part II looks at the rich biodiversity of the Ganga Basin. It gives a detailed description of the major floral and faunal biodiversity with special emphasis on the national aquatic animal dolphin and Sunderbans, the largest mangrove wetland in the world. Part III examines ‘The Ganga Water as it flows’. It focuses on the water quality as well as its associated challenges. Part IV looks at the complexities of issues confronting the river ‘Ganga in changing times’ be it snowmelt runoff, river bank erosion hazards and hydropower assessments; how the factors of population, poverty and pollution contribute to the fate of the river. Part IV touches on economic aspects derived from the river such as business opportunities and tourism.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rashmi Sanghi
    • 1
  1. 1.Indian Institute of TechnologyKanpurIndia

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