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River Sarasvati: A Study of Possible Revival

  • Aman ChauhanEmail author
  • Baldev Setia
  • Arvind Kaushik
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 31)

Abstract

This paper presents the ancient historical and glorious past of the River Sarasvati that existed in north-western part of India. The paper also makes an endeavour to identify and trace its course that has been extinct now and reflects on the modes and methods of its revival. Various evidence that validate the fact that mythological river Sarasvati actually existed in past are also presented in this paper. The most plausible reason for ultimate desiccation of the mighty river is due to modification of courses of major tributaries of the Sarasvati, the Yamuna and the Satlej, possibly on account of tectonic movement of plates in Siwalik ranges. A scheme has been proposed to introduce flow into the course proposed after identifying the paleochannels believed to be those of River Sarasvati. An initiative of Government of Haryana in the direction of revival and to maintain heritage of River Sarasvati, a special division named Sarasvati Heritage Circle has been formed. The circle monitors the progress of the project with the collaboration of Central Water Commission, Haryana Irrigation and Water Department and Water and Power Consultancy Service (Wapcos). The proposal and progress made by the Circle has also been discussed in this paper. It is expected that project when completed will be able to not only revive the River Sarasvati but also will also be a big step in the spiritual upliftment of the people of India.

Keywords

Revival River sarasvati Desiccation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Technology KurukshetraKurukshetraIndia

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