Daman Ganga River
Damanganga river in Silvassa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, India
|Source||Ambegaon in Dindori taluka of Nasik district|
|- location||Maharashtra, India|
|- elevation||950 m (3,117 ft)|
|- location||Arabian Sea, India & India|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||131.30 km (82 mi)|
The Daman Ganga also called Dawan River is a river in western India. The river's headwaters are on the western slope of the Western Ghats range, and it flows west into the Arabian Sea. The river flows through Maharashtra and Gujarat states, as well as the Union territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. The industrial towns of Vapi, Dadra and Silvassa lie on the north bank of the river, and the town of Daman occupies both banks of the river's estuary.
The major development project on the river is the Daman Ganga Multipurpose project completed which benefits the state of Gujarat and the Union Territories of Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman. In 2015, a major river interlinking project involving inter-basin transfer of surplus water from the Daman Ganga called the "Daman Ganga-Pinjal River Linking Project" has been approved for implementation.
The two historical forts on either side of the river at Daman, are the Moti Daman ('Moti' means "big") on the southern bank and the Nani Daman ('Nani' means "small"), on the northern bank.
The Daman Ganga, also known as Dawan River, rises in the Sahyadri hills close to Ambegaon village in Dindori taluka of Nasik district of Maharashtra State. It raise at an elevation of 950m. The major tributaries of Daman and Vag run a course of 79 kilometres (49 mi) and 61 kilometres (38 mi) respectively before joining at Matunji to become the Daman Ganga River. Major part of the river lies in Maharashtra. Its total length from source to the Arabian Sea is 131.30 kilometres (81.59 mi). Some of major tributaries which originate and flow through the mountainous region of the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and the Union Territories of Dadara and Nagar Haweli and Daman are Dawan, Shrimant, Val, Rayate, Lendi, Wagh, Sakartond, Roshni, Dudhni, and Piperiya. As the river joins the sea at Daman, it is named Daman Ganga. At the estuary there is heavy sedimentation and hence the depth of water is shallow. Daman is located on both banks of the river (Portuguese name: Rio Sandalcalo). At the mouth of the river the bar is level bed made of hard sand, except for the North of the North point where the river enters the sea.
The river basin (part of the basin of West flowing rivers from Tapi to Tadri), which lies entirely on the western ghats, has a total catchment area of 2,318 square kilometres (895 sq mi). Catchment area distribution is: In the Nasik district of Maharashtra 1,408 square kilometres (544 sq mi) (60.74%); in the Valsad district in Gujarat 495 square kilometres (191 sq mi) (21.36%); and in the Union territory of Dadara, Nagar, Haveli & Daman it is 415 kilometres (258 mi) (17.90%). The mean annual run off from the catchment is 3,771 MCM (million cubic metres). The upstream area of the river is hilly and covered with forest 96,222 hectares (237,770 acres). Rain fall occurs during the monsoon months from June to September with an annual average rainfall incidence of approximately 2,200 millimetres (87 in) (maximum recorded is reported to be 3,780 millimetres (149 in).}. The soil conditions in the basin are categorized as "reddish brown soil, coarse shallow soil, deep black soil and Coastal alluvial soil." Silvasa, Vapi and Daman are the major towns on the banks of the river.
The places of tourist interest on the Daman Ganga River in Dadra Nagar Haveli are Van Ganga and Vandhara Garden. There are also two historical forts on either side of the river at Daman, which face each other, known as Moti Daman on the southern bank, the larger of the two and the Nani Daman, smaller in size, on the northern bank.
Damanganga Reservoir Project
There is an existing major irrigation project on the river called the Damanganga Reservoir Project, which is located near Madhuban village in Dharampur taluka of Valsad district of Gujarat. It is an inter-state multipurpose project of the Govt. of Gujarat and Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli (D&NH) and Daman. The storage of this project is shared by the riparian states of Gujarat, Union Territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu as beneficiary States. The total volume of water to be shared is 516.63 MCM (million cubic metres) (420.50 MCM for irrigation and the balance 96.13 MCM for other uses, which is allotted to the riparian state and Union Territories; Gujarat has a share of 399.19 MCM, Dadra Nagar Haveli's share is 83.33 MCM and of Daman is 34.20 MCM. The project was built from 1972 to 1998. It is a composite dam of masonry and earth-fill dams. The masonry dam of 58.6 m height with a spillway in the gorge section of the river of 350 m length; the spillway, with an ogee shape and a roller bucket for energy dissipation, is designed to rout a Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) discharge of 25,850 cumecs (cubic meters per second) controlled by 10 radial gates each of size 15.55 by 14.02 metres (51.0 ft × 46.0 ft) . It has earth dams on both its flanks which measures 2.87 kilometres (1.78 mi). The composite dam is founded in area with geological formations of amygdaloidal basalt, porphyritic basalt, dolerite, and agglomerate.
At the Full Reservoir level the reservoir water spread is 5,144 hectares (12,710 acres) which includes 987 ha of waste land and 2,955 hectares (7,300 acres) of agricultural land. Submergence also involved 12 villages completely and 24 villages partially. The Gross Command Area (GCA)is 77,935 hectares (192,580 acres) and the Cultural Command Area (CCA) of irrigation is 5,118 hectares (12,650 acres) on the left and right bank canals network benefiting the states of Gujarat, Dadra & Nager Haveli and Daman. Total length of the canals is 98.4 kilometres (61.1 mi) with a design discharge of 34.76 cubic metres (1,228 cu ft) per second in the right bank canal and 11.46 cubic metres (405 cu ft) per second on the left bank canal. Irrigation covers 112 villages in Valsad district, 26 villages in Daman, and 24 villages in Dadra Nagar Haveli. The Project provides 58 million gallons per day for industrial and domestic water needs and also has a small power plant of 2 MW capacity. The cost of the project was shared between the participating states as per the Inter-State Agreement of 1992.
Daman Ganga-Pinjal River Linking Project
The Government of India's National Water Development Authority (NWDA) has proposed the Daman Ganga-Pinjal River Linking Project linking the Daman Ganga River to the Pinjal reservoir on the Pinjal River to the south, in the Vaitarna basin allowing surplus water from the Daman Ganga to be diverted south to Mumbai via the Pinjal reservoir. The feasibility report was prepared by NWDA in 2004, and in 2010 a tripartite agreement was signed between the Central government and the two state governments of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In January 2015, the project was approved for implementation.
Under this project the two reservoirs to be created by building dams are the Bhugad dam on Damanganga River in Gujarat and the Khargihill dam on the Vagh River near Behapada village in Thane in Maharashtra. The reservoirs will be linked by a pressure tunnel of 16.85 kilometres (10.47 mi) and 5 metres (16 ft). The Bhugad-Khargihill and Khargihill-Pinjal tunnel which is totally in the Maharashtra state is a 25.70 kilometres (15.97 mi) long and 5.25 metres (17.2 ft) diameter tunnel and will transfer the surplus waters to the extent of 909 MCM annually to Mumbai City to supplement the present domestic and industrial water supply system, from the Pinjal reservoir to Greater Mumbai; this part of the project is to be implemented as per plans evolved by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The dam on the Daman Ganga at Bhugad will be a composite dam of 63.63 metres (208.8 ft) in height and 826.6 metres (2,712 ft) long, to create a gross storage of 426.39 MCM and a live storage of 400.00 MCM. The composite dam on Vagh River at Khargihill is proposed to a maximum height of 75.62 metres (248.1 ft) and 572.80 metres (1,879.3 ft) in length with have gross storage capacity of 460.79 MCM and live storage of 420.50 MCM. The Pinjal dam on the Pinjal River shall be 681 metres (2,234 ft) long and will have gross storage of 413.57 MCM and live storage of 401.55 MCM. The annual water diversion to greater Mumbai will be 43.84 cubic metres (1,548 cu ft) per second. The implementation of the entire project is planned to be completed over a nine-year period.
The Damanganga River downstream of Vapi up to its confluence with the sea is polluted from the effluents emerging from the industrial and domestic wastes of the Vapi town, Silvassa, Daman and Kachigaon. According to the Central Pollution Control Board's report the BOD value recorded at its monitoring station downstream of Kachogaon was a high of 30 mgl per liter. According to a study report of the Machhimar Adhikar Rahstriya Abhiyan due to the industrial effluents from the Vapi town the dissolved oxygen level is very low ar 0.1-mg/1 and Mercury content in the groundwater in the town is about ninety six times higher than the standards prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Untreated effluents are directly discharged into the Damanganga and Kolak Rivers. This has resulted in pollution of the sea water to a limit of five nautical miles seriously affecting fish life. The Common Effluent Treatment was also reported to be dis-functional with about 1000 small-scale and artisanal fishers in four to five villages getting affected on account of the Sarigam Industrial Association's effluent disposal pipeline.
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