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About River Devika Rejuvenation Project

Context;

Recently, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology sheds light on the progress of the River Rejuvenation Project, Devika. This initiative, inspired by the Namami Ganga campaign, aims to safeguard the sacred Devika River’s purity and health.

Relevance:

GS I: Geography

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. River Devika Rejuvenation Project
  2. About Devika River

River Devika Rejuvenation Project

Comprehensive Waste Management:
  • Focus on Liquid Waste Management.
  • Creation of a network of pipes and manholes connecting households.
  • Objective: Efficient disposal of liquid waste, preventing pollution, and preserving the sanctity of the river.
Complementary Solid Waste Management:
  • Encompasses responsible collection, disposal, and management of solid waste.
  • Essential to prevent environmental degradation and maintain river and surrounding health.
Financial Allocation Breakdown:
  • Project investment exceeds Rs 190 crores.
  • Allocation shared between Central and Union Territory (UT) at a 90:10 ratio.
Empowering Communities through PRIs:
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) pivotal for grassroots project success.
  • PRIs’ involvement enhances community engagement, fosters ownership, and promotes sustainable development practices.

About Devika River:

  • Originates from Suddha Mahadev temple in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district.
  • Flows through western Punjab (now Pakistan) where it merges with the Ravi River.
Cultural Significance:
  • Revered by Hindus as sister of the Ganga River.
  • Devika River believed to be a manifestation of Goddess Parwati, benefiting the people of Mader Desha (areas between river Ravi and Chenab).

-Source: Indian Express


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