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Barrages & mega Dams failed to meet objective

Barrages & mega Dams failed to meet
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Chief minister of Bihar is calling for an evalu

The Chief minister of Bihar is calling for an evaluation of Farakka barrage constructed in 1975. The design objective of this barrage was to to divert water from the Ganges to the Hooghly River for flushing out the sediment deposition from the Kolkata harbor so as not to require any mechanical dredging.However, the diverted flow was just not enough to meet this objective. Farakka barrage caused high level of back water flow as well causing land collapses and subsequent displacement of people. The water diverted from the Farakka barrage is less than 10% of Ganga river water available at Farakka.Indian rivers carry massive amount of Silt load. Ganges is no different, and incessant silt deposit at the upstream of this barrage has resulted in elevation of river bed. Now as we think of undertaking dredging the barrage has defeated the very purpose of its construction.

This has an enormous impact over the Geo morphology of areas downstream. It is suspected that the shrinking of Sunderban delta has been largely caused by this lock of Silt at the Farakka barrage. We did not realize all this while, what a river ecosystem actually does when not tampered with. The Hilsa fish, part of Bengali folklore, has disappeared both sides of the Farakka barrage as these fishes could not get their life cycle completed because of the gates.

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