“I” in #AtoZChallenge
Indus River is one of the longest rivers in Asia that originates in the Tibetan Plateau in the vicinity of Lake Manasarovar. Our great country, India, got her name due to this Indus river which in the beginning represented us as the people in the Indus valley.
The Rigveda of Hindus also has the mention of this Indus river or the Sindh river. Such is the importance of this river. The Indus Valley Civilization is denoted from the early Harappan [3300BCE] to the late Harappan days [1300BCE].
Today the river runs through the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, India towards the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and the Hindukush range.
From here, it flows along the entire length of Pakistan to finally merge into the Arabian Sea near the port city of Karachi in Sindh. It is the longest river and national river of Pakistan.
We have heard of conflicts & fights for water bodies between two states inside the same country. So imagine when the water bodies are shared across boundaries? Especially between the two countries who have so many issues between the border?
So when a Kishanganga Hydroelectric project to start construction of Dam was inaugurated by the Indian government in May 2018, there
Run of the river project
Traditionally a dam is constructed for storage purposes. But since there was a treaty between India and Pakistan [during the partition] that forced countries to share water, constructing a storage dam could not be a viable solution.
For this purpose, the “run of the river” project was selected. In this model, the water is passed through a small channel and this force of the flow is used to operate the generators for producing electricity. Thus the water returns immediately back to the river without any losses.
But these messages will not be sufficient to pacify the other country. It’s quite natural for the downstream places to have concern about the future.
With the environmental crisis and water becoming a important commodity, depending on other countries or boundaries for water resources could be a suicide. Who knows?
We should start realizing it and act towards implementing projects and planing more trees. Each country should reduce the dependencies from other countries.
Let us do our bit in our soil!
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. Let me see if I can make it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter I? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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