Aji River (Gujarat)

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Aji River
Aji River Basin.jpg
View of river basin from railway bridge at Rajkot
Location
CountryIndia
StateGujarat
RegionSaurashtra
DistrictRajkot district, Jamnagar district
CityRajkot
Physical characteristics
Source 
 ⁃ locationJasdan mountain range, Rajkot district, Gujarat, India
MouthGulf of Kutch, Arabian Sea
 ⁃ location
Ranjitpara [1], Jamnagar, Gujarat, India
 ⁃ coordinates
22°57′35″N 70°26′20″E / 22.9597139°N 70.438762°E / 22.9597139; 70.438762
Length164 km (102 mi)
Basin features
Tributaries 
 ⁃ leftNyari River
An Aerial Image of the Aji River flowing through Rajkot
For other rivers of same name, see Aji River (disambiguation)

Aji River is one of the main rivers of saurashtra (region), Gujarat State. It is called the lifeline of Rajkot City[citation needed] and separates Rajkot in east-west parts.[2] There are four dams on Aji River, the water from which is used for agriculture and as drinking water.

Reservoirs[edit]

  • Rajkot - Aji I Reservoir[3]
  • Rajkot - Aji II Reservoir[4]
  • Padadhari - Aji III Reservoir[5]
  • Jodiya - Aji IV Reservoir[6]

Purification Project[edit]

Rajkot Municipal Corporation has started project for the purification of Aji River and to provide retaining walls and plantations at both ends.[7] Originating from the hilly areas of Sardhar and Hingolgadh, it has a length of 250 km and flows into the Gulf of Kutch. Some of the major tributaries of Aji are the Nyari, Khokaldadi, Bhankudi & Dondi rivers originating from the hills of Sardhar near Atkot. There are major irrigation projects on Aji, but none of them support any canal system for irrigation.

But recently in June 2017, the Prime minister inaugurated the filling of Aji dam near Rajkot under Sauni Yojana. Sauni stands for Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation, is envisaged to fill dams across Shaurashtra by diverting floodwaters from Sardar Sarovar dam acroos Narmada river, through pipelines. [1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mouth Location Archived 31 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine", Retrieved on 14 January 2008
  2. ^ "Rajkot and Aji River Archived 24 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine", Retrieved on 14 January 2008
  3. ^ "Aji I Dam D06235". India-WRIS. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Aji II Dam D02457". India-WRIS. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Aji III Dam D02620". India-WRIS. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Aji IV Dam D03151". India-WRIS. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Purification Project[permanent dead link]". Retrieved on 14 January 2008