Restoring the Lost World – Bengal Govt to revive 6 ancient rivers

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Howrah Bridge - An Evening on Ganga
Howrah Bridge - An Evening on Ganga

Bengal Govt to revive 6 ancient rivers

Bengal Govt to revive 6 ancient rivers

The Bengal Government has taken up a major project to rejuvenate six ancient rivers that have almost lost their course due to indiscriminate dumping of garbage and lack of required dredging over the decades.

This is another novel initiative of the Trinamool Congress Government. The project would be taken up by the State Panchayats and Rural Development Department as part of a convergence plan streamlining the State Irrigation Department Fund and NREGA.

In Purba Bardhaman district, three rivers – Banka, Khari, Gangur – and a rivulet, Dakatia have been included in the project. The other two rivers are Jamuna and Saraswati, passing through Howrah and North 24 Parganas district, respectively.

Already, four rivers are part of a rejuvenation project – Gandheswari, Amodar, Birai and Kulik – in Bankura, Hooghly and Uttar Dinajpur districts.

The project will bring immense benefit to rivers, farmers and the NREGA labourers as well, according to the state commissioners of MGNREGA.

The initial work will take off in Nandai, at the confluence of Banka and Khari rivers.

The major rivers of West Bengal state include:

  1. Adi Ganga
  2. Ajay River
  3. Anjana River
  4. Atrai River
  5. Bakreshwar River
  6. Balason River
  7. Baleshwar River
  8. Bansloi River
  9. Barakar River
  10. Bhagirathi River
  11. Banka River
  12. Behula River
  13. Bhairab River
  14. Bidyadhari River
  15. Brahmani River (Birbhum)
  16. Chauli River
  17. Choita river
  18. Churni River
  19. Damodar River
  20. Dharla River
  21. Dud Kumar River
  22. Dwarakeswar River
  23. Dwarka River
  24. Gandheswari River
  25. Ganga River
  26. Ghargharia River
  27. Ghiya River
  28. Gosaba River
  29. Haldi River
  30. Hariabhanga River
  31. Hinglo River
  32. Hooghly River
  33. Ichamati River
  34. Jalangi River
  35. Jaldhaka River
  36. Jamuna River
  37. Kalindi River
  38. Kangsabati River
  39. Kaljani River
  40. kapaleswari River
  41. Karatoya River
  42. Keleghai River
  43. Ketha River
  44. Khari River
  45. Khong Khola
  46. Kopai River
  47. Kosai River
  48. Kulik River-Raigang
  49. Kunur River
  50. Kunti River
  51. Mahananda River
  52. Matla River
  53. Mathabhanga River
  54. Mayurakshi River
  55. Mechi River
  56. Mundeswari River
  57. Muri Ganga River
  58. Piyali River
  59. Punarbhaba River
  60. Raidāk River
  61. Raimangal River
  62. Rangeet River
  63. Rasulpur River
  64. Rupnarayan River
  65. Sali River (West Bengal)
  66. Sankosh River
  67. Saptamukhi River
  68. Saraswati River (Bengal)
  69. Shil Torsa River
  70. Shilabati River
  71. Singimari River
  72. Subarnarekha River
  73. Talma River
  74. Tangon River
  75. Teesta River
  76. Thakuran River
  77. Torsha River