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The Western Tributaries to the Bhagirathi–Hugli River

  • Kalyan Rudra
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Part of the Geography of the Physical Environment book series (GEOPHY)

Abstract

The Bhagirathi–Hugli River is a branch of the Ganga which receives seven tributaries and having a combined catchment area covering 66,000 km2. These tributaries are replenished by rainwater during the four monsoon months and remain almost dry during the non-monsoon months. But the lower catchments of these rivers are plains and prone to recurrent floods. Even after embanking and building of reservoirs across many rivers, the floods have not been regulated. The Damodar which was earlier described as ‘Sorrow of Bengal’ and tamed both by embankment and dam/reservoir continues to imperil its lower catchment by recurrent floods.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environment DepartmentWest Bengal Pollution Control BoardKolkataIndia

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