CWC to complete river morphological studies during 11th plan

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New Delhi, Aug 4 (UNI) Central Water Commission (CWC) will be completing the morphological studies of six flood prone rivers - Brahmaputra, Kosi, Gandak, Ghagra, Sutlej, and Ganga - in reach from Allahabad to Baxar using remote sensing techniques and field surveys, during the 11th plan period.

The studies were undertaken during the 10th plan period. The morphology of rivers deal with issues like aggradation/degradation, shifting of river course, erosion of banks and remedial measures against other problems.

The study of river morphology and implementation of suitable river training works are important since large areas of the country are prone to recurring floods causing damages to lives and properties notwithstanding the flood control measures taken up by the Centre and State Governments, an official release said.

Problems were aggragating mainly due to large quantities of silt and sedimentation carried and deposited in the downstream reaches.

The behaviour of the rivers needs to be thoroughly investigated for evolving effective strategies, Water Resources Ministry sources said.

The CWC had done 18 river morphology studies bringing out eight volumes of morphological atlas of rivers and 17 other monitoring status/sediementation/ mathematical model reports of rivers, based on the data collected by field surveys in the country. Among Himalyan rivers, studies of rivers Ghagra, Sutlej and Gandak using remote sensing techniques have been prepared and examination of reports are under progress and have spilled over to the 11th Five Year Plan.

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