Devika River Project

Devika River Project


T0day Current Affairs

  • Recently it has been informed by the Center that the River Devika Project costing more than 190 crores will be completed by June 2022.

Devika River Project- Today Current Affairs

  • Work on this project was started in March 2019 under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP).
  • Development of bathing ghats on the banks of Devika river, removal of encroachments, restoration of natural water bodies and development of catchment areas with cremation ground under the project.
  • The project includes construction of three sewage treatment plants, a 129.27 km long sewerage network, development of two cremation ghats, security fencing and landscaping, small hydroelectric power plants and three solar power plants.
  • Upon completion of the project, pollution of rivers will reduce and water quality will improve.

Significance of Devika River: The Hindu Analysis

  • The Devika River originates from the hill Sudh (pure) Mahadev Temple in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir and flows towards western Punjab (now in Pakistan) where it joins the Ravi River.
  • The river also has religious significance because it is recognized by the Hindus as the sister of the river Ganges.
  • Devika bridge was inaugurated in Udhampur in June 2020. The purpose of construction of this bridge is to provide smooth passage to army convoys and vehicles apart from dealing with traffic congestion.

National River Conservation Plan: The Hindu Analysis

  • The National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) is a centrally funded scheme launched in the year 1995 with the aim of preventing pollution in rivers.
  • Various programs related to river conservation are being conducted under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) and the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA).
  • The National Ganga Council, also known as the National Council for Rejuvenation, Conservation and Management of River Ganga, has replaced the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NRGBA).

Activities built under NRCP: The Hindu Analysis

  • Direction blocking and direction change work to stop the raw sewage flowing in the river through open drains and divert it for treatment.
  • Sewage Treatment Plant / Sewage Treatment Plant to treat diverted sewage.
  • Low cost toilets on river banks to prevent open defecation.
  • Construction of electric crematoriums and improved wooden crematoriums to preserve the use of wood and ensure proper cremation of dead bodies.
  • Improvement of bathing ghats like river bank development works.
  • Public awareness and public participation.
  • Human Resource Development (HRD), capacity building, training and research in the field of river conservation.
  • Other miscellaneous functions depending on location specific conditions including contact with human population.

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