In Almora, plan to revive Kosi river awaits fund flow
A project to revive the Kosi river, considered a lifeline of Almora town in the Kumaon region, will be executed after funds are received, officials saiddehradun Updated: Jan 14, 2018 19:17 IST
A project to revive the Kosi river, considered a lifeline of Almora town in the Kumaon region, will be executed after funds are received, officials said.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat launched a campaign in November last year to clean up Rispana river in Dehradun and Kosi to ensure their flow.
The Almora district administration has made a detailed project report (DPR) for the revival of Kosi, a non-glacial river. “Revival of the river is a massive exercise; therefore, officials have been assigned specific works,” said district magistrate Iva Ashish.
“We have divided the catchment area of the river into 14 zones and appointed 14 nodal officers. We will start working on the project as soon as we get funds,” Ashish said. The DPR, submitted to the government, puts the required fund at Rs 17.39 crore, the DM said.
Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh visited Almora last month and instructed officials to speed up the work. The administration will plant traditional fruit saplings at the catchment area of the river at Syahi Devi.
“Unlike other rivers, Kosi is a non-glacial river; therefore, its life depends on the water recharged in its huge catchment area. Unfortunately, that is happening less,” said Durgesh Pant, director of Uttarakhand Science Education and Reserach Centre (USERC) that gives expertise on revival of the Rispana and Kosi. Nearly 302 rivulets feeding the river will be preserved.
“About 350 villages fall in the catchment area; hence participation of local people is necessary to save the river (Kosi) from dying.” Groundwork has been done to identify problem areas, and data is being gathered from USERC’s climate change centre at Almora, Pant said.
“In Dehradun, we have developed a mobile application to connect with people. A similar public platform is being developed for the Kosi,” he added.
Launching the river revival campaign, Rawat had said while the population of Dehradun has doubled in the last few decades, the water resources are on a decline.
The irrigation department has erected a 54.25-metre-long barrage on the Kosi river to provide drinking water to about 1.30 lakh people in and around Almora.
The department has been struggling to manage the growing water needs in the region, a crisis that necessitates the revival of Kosi to ensure better flow. (With inputs from Anupam Trivedi in Dehradun)