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Sustainability of Integrated Water Resources Management in Indian River Basin with Special Reference to Flood

Author(s): Suresh Sankaranarayannan

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Keywords: Floods; River; Sustainability; River basin; Rainfall; Runoff; Million-acre feet (maf); Centimeter (cm); Millimeter (mm); Million-hectare meter (MHM)

Abstract: India is one of the countries having highly potential and rich water resources. The major rivers are Ganga, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Tapi, Mahanadi, Godavari, Krishna and Cauvery. The Central water commission of India has estimated that more than two third of annually flowing river water in all the major river basins will continue to run as waste into the sea causing floods, while not much relief can be afforded to extensive drought-affected areas. This is due to rivers are inter-state or international in character. For instance Tamilnadu, water starved state, sharing of waters from the 45rivers from neighboring Kerala state has not been successful so far. With result these rivers originating in Kerala flow waste to Arabian Sea causing floods. This presentation gives a holistic approach for sharing the river basin water and brings solution to flood. The fond hope of this presentation is such an exercise should be attempted among other major river basins in India.


Year: 2002

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