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In A 1st, glacier-fed rivers to be connected with rain-fed ones | Dehradun News

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DEHRADUN: The Drinking Water Department of the Government of Uttarakhand has launched an ambitious river link project which aims to connect the glacier-fed rivers of the Pindari Glacier in the Kumaon region to the rain-fed rivers of the Bageshwar and Bageshwar districts. ‘Almora. “This may be the first such project in the country and pave the way for other such projects in the Himalayan regions facing water issues,” a senior official involved in the plan said on Friday. .
Under the project, Sunderdunga and Shambhu, main tributaries of the 105 km long Pindar River which originates in the Pindari Glacier, will be connected to the Gomti River in the Baijnath Valley of Bageshwar District and the upper watershed of the Kosi, Lodh and Gagas rivers in Almora District.
Nitish Jha, Secretary of the Department of Drinking Water, told TOI, “This long-term vision project is very ambitious as it aims to address water issues in Almora and Bageshwar districts due to the drying up of major rain-fed rivers due to various environmental and climatic factors.
Jha added that a team of experts, including department engineers and geologists, are already carrying out initial ground survey work. “It started on June 8 and will continue until June 12. During this survey, they will study the area of ​​the Pindar River and try to identify the points from where water can be extracted. The initial fieldwork and analysis should be completed within a year, after which we will send a detailed project report to the Center to obtain the required authorizations. After two years, we hope to be able to implement it.
Citing the reason behind the project, the senior government official said, “Among the rivers mentioned, Kosi is the lifeline of Almora and Nainital districts. We have at least 10 to 12 water pumping stations for household supply as well as agricultural fields. But due to the drop in the water level, these stations are in danger.