The Candid Eye

November 30, 2009

Holy river Saraswati is finally found in Haryana!!

Come 2010 and Haryana will join the league of states wowing pilgrims from across the country. As the state progresses towards completing the last leg of 3.5km stretch of river Saraswati between Jyotisar and Bibipur, its irrigation department is leaving no stone unturned to complete all formalities related to acquisition of land along its course.

Saraswati river Vedic Civilization : Image courtesy - http://www.hitxp.com

Enquiries revealed that except for working out issues like encroachment around urban areas and problem of sewage discharge into the river, the department has completed digging work in the 68km stretch under the first phase of revival plan for the Saraswati.

Speaking to TOI, the irrigation authorities ruled out the use of river water for purposes other than religious. “The basic idea is to retain its sanctity so that more and more devotees come to visit the holy places along its course. We would not allow the use of this water for irrigation,” minister for irrigation, finance, environment and forests Ajay Singh claimed.

Origin of Saraswati River : Image courtesy - http://www.trekearth.com/

The river is expected to have a discharge of nearly 200 cusecs water along the entire stretch. To turn the riparian spots around it into tourist hubs, the Kuruksehtra Development Board (KDB) has been asked to develop ghats (place for taking holy dip) where there are ancient temples.

“Out of the total 100km stretch in Haryana, 15km passes through Adh Badri, from where the river originates, before the river proceeds towards Unchachandana (Mustafabad). Around 63km stretch between Mustafabad and Jyotisar has been activated, while land for the remaining 3.5km is being acquired,” said the minister. “Once the land is acquired, it will barely take a week for activation. We expect the project to be completed by December 15,” he added.

Sources claimed that the Haryana Urban Development Authority has already developed a Rs 12crore project to put in place a separate drain for sewage discharge of Kurukshetra city, which is currently feeding the river. The PWD is also preparing a project for separate drainage system for various cities along the Saraswati, they said.

Source : TOI

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