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THE MAHAKALI RIVER            

10th January, 2022 Geography

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Context

  • The Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Nepal to build a bridge over the Mahakali river at Dharchula in Uttarakhand.

 

Details

Origin

  • The Sharda River, also called Kali River and Mahakali River, originates at Kalapani in the Himalayas at an elevation of 3,600 m (11,800 ft) in the Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand.

Course

  • It flows along Nepal's western border with India and has a basin area of 14,871 km2.
  • It joins Ghaghra River, a tributary of the Ganges.
  • It takes the name Kali River from the union of the two streams at Gunji as it flows through the hills.
  • After Brahmadev Mandi near Tanakpur, it enters the Terai plains, where it is called Sharda River.

Infrastructure

  • The Pancheshwar Dam, a joint venture of India and Nepal for irrigation and hydro-electric power generation was proposed on this river.

 

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