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Published on : Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Haryana Government is trying to revive the Saraswati river by releasing water into river’s apparent route. The Saraswati river which is one of the main Rigvedic rivers mentioned in the scripture Rig Veda and later Vedic and post-Vedic texts was supposed to be dried up in a desert. The river has been revived after 4000 years in March 2016.
Media reports have shown the Saraswati Heritage Development Board (SHDB) constituted by the State had passed a proposal according to which the water will be unleashed into the route from Uncha Chandana village through Dadupur feeder on July 30 and the monsoon is expected to maintain a consistent flow. The route covers Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal districts.
SHDB deputy chairman Prashant Bhardwaj, said that, they are working on a plan to release water into Saraswati river through the Dadupur feeder. The modalities are being worked out. It is a fact that Saraswati flowed up to Rajasthan. Even ISRO has acknowledged it.
The board believes that the monsoons are expected to keep the river flowing. The board is also planning to build a dam at Adi Badri. The dam is proposed on the Somb river that will be diverted to the recently re-discovered Saraswati river. The place is considered to be the origin of the historic river.
Bhardwaj further added that the revival project involves 69 institutes and efforts are being made to associate Indian Institute of Technology with it. The proposal apart from catering to the religious activities also seeks to develop a recreational park, botanical garden and zoo.
The water was found gushing out from a pit that was being dug on the course of Saraswati in Mugulwali village of Yamunanagar district under the lost river revival plan.
The revival plan was started in 2002 under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. It was headed by the then cultural minister Jagmohan. But it was later scrapped when UPA came to power.
The Modi Government now seeks to revive the project and has set up a panel under former Kumaon University vice-chancellor Prof K S Valdiya to verify Haryana’s claims of discovery of the river.