Arvari River

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Arvari river is a small river in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The 90 km long river, flows through the Alwar District of Rajasthan. It was revived in 1990, after remaining dry for 60 years. The turnaround started in 1986, people of Bhanota-Kolyala village with the help of Tarun Bharat Sangha managed by Rajendra Singh, constructed a johad, earthen check dam at the source of the dried river, following this villages that lay in its catchment area, and along it also built tiny earthen dams, with largest being a 244 mt. long and 7 mt. high concrete dam in the Aravalli hills; eventually when the number of dams reached 375, the river started to flow again in 1990, after remaining dry for over 60 years, and by 1995 it had become a perennial river. The river was awarded the `International River Prize', and in March 2000, then President, K. R. Narayanan visited the area to present the "Down to Earth — Joseph. C. John Award" to the villagers. Rajendra Singh was awarded the Magsaysay Award in 2001.[1][2][3]

Due to Water harvesting methods, the river has become a perennial river from seasonal one.[4][5] To ensure that the Arvari remains clean and healthy and also to solve internal disputes, the 70-odd villages in the Arvari basin have also formed the Arvari River Parliament.[6]

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  1. ^ "Charles lauds the `water warriors'". The Hindu. Nov 3, 2003. 
  2. ^ "The water man of Rajasthan". Frontline (magazine), Volume 18 - Issue 17. Aug 18–31, 2001. 
  3. ^ "Biography of Rajendra Singh". Magsaysay Award website. 2001. 
  4. ^ "IMPACTS ON ENVIRONMENT: CHECK DAMS IN STATE OF GUJARAT (INDIA)" (MS word doc). Man mohan singh. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  5. ^ "FROM THE DIALECTIC TO THE DIALOGIC: GENERATIVE ORGANIZING FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION – A COMPARATIVE CASE STUDY IN INDIA" (PDF). Latha Poonamallee, Pg54. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  6. ^ "RWH". Retrieved 2008-02-12.