Environment & Biodiversity

The ‘Devika’ Project: Rejuvenation of North India’s First River is nearing completion

  • The first river rehabilitation project in North India, dubbed ‘Devika,’ is nearing completion and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon.

About the ‘Devika’ Project

  • The PM launched the project in February 2019, based after the ‘Namami Ganga’ programme.
  • Demand: The long-desired rehabilitation and rejuvenation project gathered traction after 2014, indicating a significant advancement in North India’s river regeneration efforts.
  • Project Execution: The LWM project is being built by J&K’s Urban Environmental Engineering Department (UEED).
  • The Devika River, venerated as the sacred Ganges’ sister, carries immense religious significance, notably in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir.

Important Characteristics  

  • Liquid Waste Management (LWM): A separate LWM project, featuring a network of pipelines and manholes connecting residences, is being implemented to preserve the river’s holiness.
  • Solid Waste Management (SWM): In addition to LWM, SWM projects are critical to preserving the river’s holiness.
  • Infrastructure creation: Three sewage treatment facilities, a 129.27 km sewerage network, the creation of cremation ghats, protection fencing, landscaping, and the establishment of tiny hydropower and solar power plants are all part of the project.
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