Sindhu Darshan Festival begins in Ladakh

The 3-day annual 22nd Sindhu Darshan Festival will be celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of J&K. The Festival organised by Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti & will be inaugurated by RSS General Secretary Bhaiya Ji. The programme is focused on national integration, communal harmony, and national pride. It was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.

CM inaugurates Green Mizoram Day

Green Mizoram Day was observed on 11 June across the Mizoram state. CM Lal Thanhawla inaugurated the Green Mizoram Day, 2018 at a function attended by his cabinet colleagues, legislators and senior government officials where they undertook ceremonial planting of trees along the river Chite in Aizawl. It is being organised every year on June 11 since 1999.

Centre notifies Cauvery Water Mgmt Authority

The Union government on 1st June issued a notification for the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA). The authority will decide the sharing of the river water among the States of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry. The CWMA will determine the total residual storage in the specified reservoirs on June 1 every year.

Study centre on Brahmaputra river

The Central government announced that a Brahmaputra Study Centre would be set up at Gauhati University to conduct research on the causes of and how to prevent frequent floods in the river. The fund for setting up the study centre will be provided by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. The study centre would offer an opportunity for research in different aspects of the river.

Gujarat launches policy to reuse waste water

The Gujarat government unveiled its ‘Reuse of Treated Waste Water Policy’ which aims to reduce the state’s dependence on fresh water sources like the Narmada river. The policy will promote the use of treated waste water and will see the setting up of sewage treatment plants. The treated water would be used in industrial units, thermal power plants, gardening and in the construction sector.

Convention on Rejuvenation of Krishna River

Experts in water conservation from across the country will deliberate on ways to rejuvenate the Krishna river at the maiden national convention of the Indian Water Council (IWC) May 22. The Indian Water Council was formed in April 2018 in Rajasthan. The ‘National Convention on Rejuvenation of the Krishna River’, is the IWC’s first event.

NMCG asks DDA to expedite “Asita”

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) inspected the Yamuna River Front Development (RFD) project being implemented by Delhi Development Authority. Yamuna RFD project aims to restore, revive and rejuvenate the river’s floodplains and make them accessible to the people of Delhi. A special focus of the project is on reviving the river’s biodiversity. Asita generally means River Yamuna.

SC approves draft Cauvery Management Scheme

The Supreme Court approved the Centre’s draft Cauvery Management Scheme for smooth distribution of water among four southern riparian states. The scheme would deal with the issue of water share of the four states in different circumstances like normal and deficient water years in the Cauvery river basin. The top court had modified the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT) award of 2007.

Uttarakhand Cabinet held meeting in a boat

The Uttarakhand Cabinet organised a meeting in a boat named Marina on the Tehri Reservoir. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was present for the cabinet meeting. Notably, a cabinet meeting was held outside the capital of the state for the first time ever. Famous Tehri Dam is located on the river Bhagirathi.

India gives NRs 180 million for river training

India has provided the largest sum of Rs 180.74 mn Nepali rupees for river training in Nepal to control floods that also affect India during the monsoon season. India has so far given 13 instalments since 2008 to Nepal for river training works totalling to over NRs 4.68 bn. River training & construction will carry on near the Indian border in 3 rivers – Lalbakeya, Bagmati & Kamla.

Ganga Hariteema Yojana launched in UP

In Uttar Pradesh, “Ganga Hariteema Yojana” (Ganga Greenery Scheme) has been launched in 27 districts of the state located on the bank of river Ganga.The objectives of the schemes include enhancing green cover in the catchment areas of the river Ganga and to control the land erosion. Plantation will be carried out in one-kilometre areas from the banks of the river under the scheme.

3 districts of Rajasthan to get Yamuna water

30 : Yamuna river water will be supplied to Churu, Sikar and Jhunjhunu districts in Rajasthan from Tajewala headworks in Haryana. As per an interstate Yamuna water-sharing agreement in 1994, 1917 cusec water was allotted to Rajasthan from Tajewala headworks. The water will be supplied through a pipeline and the Centre will provide financial assistance for the same.

New fish species identified in Manipur

A new freshwater fish species have been identified in the north-eastern state of Manipur. The new fish species, ‘Pethia poiensis’, was found by a research team of Manipur University‘s life sciences department and a researcher from the Zoological Survey of India in the Challou River in Manipur. These fish species is locally known as ‘Ngakha macha’ in Manipur

Newton-Bhabha Fund for arsenic research

An India-UK Joint Team has won the Newton-Bhabha Fund for a project on Groundwater Arsenic Research in Ganga River Basin. The Department of Science and Technology has undertaken the project with the Natural Environment Research Council, UK, to find solutions to the water challenges faced in the arsenic-affected Ganga River. The project will begin from Bijnor and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

Centre Constitutes Mahanadi River Tribunal

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has issued a notification for constituting the Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal. The Tribunal will have its headquarters at Delhi and will have the members nominated by the Chief Justice of India. Union government formed the tribunal under the provisions of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956.

“Freight village” in Varanasi

The government is planning to develop a ?freight village? in Varanasi. The freight village to be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) would reduce logistics cost in the eastern transport corridor and its influence zone. It envisages the establishment of multimodal logistics hub in Varanasi to promote the use of waterway transport on river Ganga.

Cultural festival in Varanasi on cleanliness

Varanasi will host a 2-day festival Swachhagrah Bapu ko Kaaryaanjali on Feb 21 & 22 to bring focus to cleanliness by using different forms of culture.It will be held at Man Mandir Ghat & Assi Ghat in Varanasi. It will see the engagement of academia, artists, artisans on use of cultural expressions for conservation & protection of the river and the city.

Tribunal to settle Mahanadi water dispute

Cabinet has approved setting up of a tribunal to resolve the dispute b/w Odisha & Chhattisgarh on sharing Mahanadi river water.The tribunal would determine water sharing on the basis of availability of water in Mahanadi basin, present utilisation of water resource & potential for future development. Decision comes after SC directive to form the tribunal to resolve the long-standing dispute.

Asia’s largest Christian meet

The 123rd Maramon Convention which is billed as Asia’s largest week-long annual Christian meet began.It started with a call to conserve river Pampa and the environment at its traditional venue on the riverbed of Pampa at Maramon near Kozhencherry on Sunday afternoon. The convention venue was shifted to Maramon a few years ago.

Centre drafts 10-city plan to clean Ganga

12 : The Centre has drafted a plan to check the flow of sewer water into the river Ganga by installing sewage treatment plants (STP) in 10 major cities.These cities reportedly contribute about 65% of the total polluted water flowing into the river. As per an official of National Mission for Clean Ganga, these STPs would ensure 100% sewage treatment.

Assam and Ola Sign MoU For River Taxi Service

Cab-hailing startup Ola and the Government of Assam have signed an MoU to pilot an app-based river taxi service in Guwahati.The river taxis will be machine-operated boats and users will be able to book the rides through Ola’s app.It’ll bring commute time down to 2-5 minutes from 45 minutes by road. This MoU was signed during the Global Investors Summit: Advantage Assam.

Ganga Gram Project launched

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched ‘Ganga Gram’ – a project for sanitation based integrated development of all 4470 villages along the River Ganga.The Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan was attended by more than 1400 delegates including 500 village sarpanches. Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is the nodal agency for implementation of the Ganga Gram Project.

Indian peacekeepers rebuild Akoka bridge

Indian peacekeepers in UN Mission in South Sudan have re-built a key bridge in record time in strife-torn South Sudan’s Akoka village.In June 2017, heavy rains washed away a 300-metre-long road segment across a river in Akoka village.This bridge will enable people to cross the river and reach a town to access basic services.

Water Resources pavilion bags Gold Medal

The pavilion of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation bagged gold medal in the Ministries/ Departments category. It won the prize for excellence in display in the IITF 2017, in New Delhi. Akhil Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, received the Gold Medal award from Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry CR Chaudhary.

Main arch of Chenab bridge launched

Indian Railways has launched the main arch of the world’s highest bridge on the river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district. It will provide direct connectivity to the Kashmir valley. The bridge will stand 359 meters above the bed of the River Chenab and will be 30 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The bridge forms link in the 111-km distance between Katra and Banihal.

Yes Bank gives funds for Namami Gange

Yes Bank announced that it has committed Rs. 156 crore to fund first Sewage Treatment Plant to be constructed at Varanasi under Namami Gange Project. Yes Bank has signed a deal with Essel Infra projects for the above mentioned STP. ‘Namami Gange Programme’ was launched to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.

Diwali celebrated in India

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath landed in Ayodhya, which celebrated it’s largest Diwali celebrations ‘deepotsav’ ever. The city aims to enter Guinness World Records as more than 2000 school and college kids light 2 lakh diyas (earthen lamps) on the eve of Diwali. Adityanath performed aarti on the banks of Saryu river in Ayodhya with Governor Ram Naik, Deputy CM KP Maurya.

Three river bridges in West Bengal

The West Bengal government has decided to construct 3 river bridges, two over the Hooghly and one over the Ajay. One bridge over the Hooghly river would connect Shantipur in Nadia district to Kalna in East Burdwan district, while the other one would link Budge Budge in South 24 Parganas district to Howrah district’s Fuleshwar. It will boost trade and connect places of cultural importance.

Allahabad to have Turtle Sanctuary

In order to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures a Turtle sanctuary is built in Allahabad. The Sanctuary along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam have been approved under Namami Gange programme. The project would include development of River Biodiversity Park at Sangam and establishment of a Turtle Rearing Centre.

National waterway on Krishna River

Vice president Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the 2,890-km National Waterway-4 at Amravati in Andhra Pradesh. The first phase involves development of a water channel from Muktyala to Vijayawada on Krishna river along with 4 floating terminals and 3 fixed terminals to handle cargo operations. The project will provide efficient logistics solution to boost economic growth of region

Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam

17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the Sardar Sarovar Dam, almost 56 years after its foundation stone was laid. The foundation stone of the dam was laid on 5 April 1961 by the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The dam on the river Narmada has been described as ‘Gujarat’s lifeline’ as it aims to provide drinking water to 131 urban centres and 9,633 villages.

Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra

Uttar Pradesh Govt has launched a new awareness drive called Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra. The drive will be focusing on cleanliness along the banks of Ganga river and maintain hygiene. The drive has been organised by Uttar Pradesh Homeguard volunteers and will help in spreading awareness in about 25 districts situated on the banks of river Ganga in the state.

India, Bangladesh to construct bridge

India & Bangladesh have decided to construct a bridge over Mizoram’s Khawthlangtuipui river to facilitate trade & improve communication. The bridge has been proposed to be made as closer as possible to the nearest land custom station in Bangladesh side. It would not only improve road connectivity but also strengthen ties b/w people of the 2 countries living both sides of the borders.

First underwater metro in India

Kolkata will get India’s first underwater metro system which will pass through Hooghly river. It will be connecting 2 main terminals: Howrah and Sealdah, each of which has a footfall of about 10-12 lakh passengers per day. The 1st tunnel which has been completed is built 30 m below earth’s surface near Howrah Bridge. It is the first time that a tunnel has been made under a flowing river.

New bridge constructed in record time

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated a new bridge on Savitri River at Mahad in Maharashtra. The new bridge was constructed after the old British era bridge had collapsed last year due to heavy rains claiming 42 lives. The construction of the new bridge is completed in record 165 days. The new bridge is built at a cost of ` 35.77 crore, has lighting arrangement and flood alarm system.

Varanasi to get freight village

Varanasi will get India’s first ‘freight village’ spread over around 100 acres. The project will be setup close to the multi-mode terminal on the banks of the river Ganga. It is one-of-its-kind infrastructure platform, will anchor movement of goods by railways and roadways ultimately dovetailing with the waterways. It will be developed by Inland Waterways Authority of India.

Ken-Betwa interlinking gets clearance.

Ken-Betwa river interlinking project has finally received approval from union environment ministry’s expert committee. The project proposes to transfer water from the Ken river basin in Panna Tiger Reserve to Betwa river basin in Uttar Pradesh for irrigation. The project will submerge 6,017 hectare of pristine forest. The ministry of water resources, which will be implementing the project.

Action plan for Pampa conservation.

A seven-point action plan for the conservation of pampa has been chalked out. The document, named Pampa Declaration delineates a plan to be implemented with the active involvement and support of the govt and public. Few salient features of the declaration include bestowing living entity status to river, constitution of a River Management Board. Pampa is 3rd longest river in Kerala.

Committee on Desiltation of Ganga.

Chitale committee on Desiltation of Ganga has recommended a slew of measures which include Study reach wise sediment transport processes and establish annual sediment budgets to guide de-silting activities. The committee was constituted in July 2016 to prepare guidelines for desiltation of river Ganga. The four member committee is headed by Madhav Chitale (Expert Member of NGRBA).

India’s longest river bridge

PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate India’s longest river bridge, the 9.15-km-long Dhola-Sadiya bridge near the China border. The bridge is built over the Brahmaputra river. The design is such that the bridge can withstand the movement of military tanks. Cost ot the project – Rs 950 crore. It is 3.55 km longer than the Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai, making it the longest bridge in India.

Northern Zonal Council Meet

The 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council will be chaired by Rajnath Singh. Addressing the meet, Punjab Chief Minister called for coordination by the concerned states with the Centre to find a feasible solution for optimal utilization of river waters based on internationally accepted riparian principles. The meeting is being held in Chandigarh.

Canadian river to disappear in four days

The Slims river in Canada has disappeared in just four days because of melting glaciers. The incident took place between May 26 and 29 last year, when the Kaskawulsh Glacier in Canada’s Yukon region suddenly diverted into another river. The scientists described it as the first case of “river piracy”. The incident illustrates how global warming can dramatically change the geography.

Panel formed for Gomti River Project

The Uttar Pradesh government formed a three-member panel under chairmanship of Justice (retd) Alok Kumar Singh for the Gomti-River Channelisation project. The other two members are retired IIT-BHU Professor U K Chaudhary and IIM-Lucknow Professor A K Garg. The committee has been asked to submit its report in 45 days.

` 40,000 Crore Expressway Project In NE

The first express highway project in the northeast region will be developed along the Brahmaputra river in Assam at an estimated investment of ` 40,000 crore. 1,300 km-long express highway is likely to incur an investment of ` 40,000 crore. The Centre will dredge the Brahmaputra river from Sadia in Upper Assam to increase navigational channels up to Chittagong port in Bangladesh.

‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival

‘Namami Brahmaputra`, the biggest ever river festival in India, will be held in Assam on March 31. The festival will take place across 21 districts of Assam from March 31 to April 4. President Pranab Mukherjee will inaugurate the festival on the banks of the river, which is considered country’s only male river.

WWF to undertake Ganges dolphin count

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Kolkata will start its Ganges river dolphin count in Nov after witnessing a dip in the number of the endangered species earlier this year. After the rains stop in Oct—Nov, survey will start along a 534 km stretch of Bengal in 6-7 spots, but with a difference from previous practice. This dolphin, a national aquatic animal, is not seen during rains.

GRA on compensation to Narmada

The grievance redressal authority (GRA) to decide on disputes over compensation to the oustees of Sardar Sarovar Project on river Narmada, has been set up by Madhya Pradesh government told the SC. The issue of compensation will cover 193 villages in Madhya Pradesh, 33 in Maharashtra and 19 in Gujarat. The apex court is hearing petitions pertaining to rehabilitation of oustees of the project.

Narendra Kumar is new CWC chairman

Narendra Kumar, a Central Water Engineering Service (1979 batch) officer, is the new Central Water Commission (CWC) chairman. He assumed the charge of the post up on superannuation of GS Jha. Kumar had become a CWC member (river management) in October 2014.

New canyon system close to Kovvada coast

Scientists of CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography in Visakhapatnam found 3 new canyons forming a major canyon system in the depths of Bay of Bengal close to Kovvada in Srikakulam district. For the 1st time, ocean floor between Vizag and Srikakulam has been clearly mapped. Canyon systems are generally formed by flow of river water into the sea and they could be as old as the river system

Conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan

Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti will inaugurate a national conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan in New Delhi. Ministry of Water Resources and River Development had launched Jal Kranti Abhiyan on June, 2015. Main objectives of the Abhiyan is strengthening grass root involvement of all stakeholders including panchayati raj institutions and local bodies for participatory irrigation management.

Centre launches survey to count dolphins

The government has launched the ever across-the-river survey in the Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of endangered Gangetic dolphin. The survey will create a baseline scientific data for the Centre to take suitable measures to improve the quality of the river water. The 1st leg of the census was launched on March 1 from Narora in Uttar Pradesh to Bijnor.

Punjab and J&K sign agreement

Punjab and J&K governments have signed an agreement to fast-track the completion of much-delayed 206 megawatt 2,285-crore rupees Shahpur Kandi dam project on the Ravi river. Mr KS Pannu singed on behalf of Punjab, Sauraon Bhagat from J&K and Dr Amarjit Singh signed on behalf of Government of India. Shapur Kandi project was declared a national project in February 2008 by the Centre.

IVC renamed as Sarasvati civilisation

Haryana Sarasvati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB) has decided to rename the Indus Valley civilisation as the Sarasvati river civilisation and recommendation will send to the government. The largest Harappan site Rakhigarhi and the oldest Bhirrana are both in Haryana. The state government is restarting excavation at Kunal in Fatehabad district.

Namami Ganga Programme to get momentum

Centre has formed a committee to expedite the implementation of its ambitious Namami Gange programme under which it plans to free the Ganga river of waste by next year. The secretaries of ministries of Water Resources, Environment and Forest, and Drinking Water and Sanitation will be members of the panel, which will meet at least once every fortnight.

Thousands witness Teppotsavam

On the banks of Godavari in Bhadrachalam a multitude of devotees witnessed the colourful ‘Teppotsavam’ (float festival) amid royal opulence in the famous pilgrim centre. CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s wife and other family members were among those who watched the spectacular ‘celestial boat ride’. The processional idols of Lord Rama and his consort Sita, made five circular rounds in the river.

International Kite Festival Begins

The international Kite festival started in Ahmedabad at Sabarmati River Front. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the festival. About 51 kite fliers from 8 different states while more than 100 kite fliers from 31 countries are participating in this week-long mega event. Kites with different shapes, shades and colors are the main attraction.

Centre Approves Ganga Cleaning Projects

The Centre has approved new projects for its ongoing Ganga rejuvenation programme in Haridwar and Varanasi. In Haridwar, 68 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP) in Jagjeetpur and 14 MLD STP in Sarai have been approved. Approval for 50 MLD sewage treatment plant at Ramana in Varanasi. It also decided to include six more cities under surface cleaning exercise of the river using trash skimmers.

Central body approves ` 400 crore for Ganga rejuvenation projects

A high-level panel of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) has approved various projects worth approximately ` 400 crore for development of ghats (river fronts) and crematoria at different places along the river Ganga from Uttarakhand to West Bengal under the Centre’s ambitious Namami Gange programme. The projects, approved by the empowered steering committee of the NGRBA, include development of ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Rudraprayag to Guptkashi in Uttarakhand, Kanpur, Allahabad, Bithoor and Bijnor (on Ramganga) in Uttar Pradesh, Kahalgaon in Bihar, Sahibganj and Rajmahal in Jharkhand and Bhatpara and Naihati in West Bengal. The NGRBA is a key central body which monitors planning and execution of all schemes of Ganga rejuvenation in coordination with five river basin states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Peru emergency declared

Peru declares an emergency after a major oil pipeline burst affecting two rivers, namely Chiriaco and Morona, in the country’s northwest region.

Fourth river festival begins in Madhya Pradesh

Fourth River festival has begun at Bandrabhan bank of Narmada River in Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh. Three day festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Theme of this year’s river festival is “River, its catchment area, chemicals and crisis” In this year’s festival more than 100 participants will discuss topics like effects of chemicals used in agriculture on forests, wild life and human beings. Success stories on natural farming will also be part of discussion.

Pictographs of Harappan culture are discovered on rocks

Pictographs of Harappan culture are discovered on rocks near the world-famous site Hampi in Karnataka. As many as 20 drawings are found on boulder on top of a hill near Talwarghata, adjacent to the river, Tungbhadra.

Prioritise river link, State tells Centre

Attach as much importance to river-linking as to the National Mission for Clean Ganga. This was the message that Tamil Nadu delivered to the Centre at the inaugural meeting of the special committee for interlinking of rivers held in New Delhi. The committee, constituted a month ago and headed by Union Minister for Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharati, comprises 11 States, including Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil nadu and Maharashtra.