A paleo channel claimed as River Saraswati identified in Muglawali village of Haryana

The water was discovered from nine spots in the Muglawali village on 5 May 2015 while digging and Geologists termed that it is a remainder of the inactive river, technically referred to as paleo channel.

May 8, 2015 13:00 IST
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Muglawali village near Adi Badri:  Paleo channel claimed as River Saraswati identified

Muglawali village of Yamungar district in Haryana located near Adi Badri was in news on 5 May 2015. The village came into news after district authorities claimed that they have dugged out a paleo (old) channel which resembles now inactive River Saraswati.

During digging, which was done under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNGEGS), the water was discovered from nine spots.

Water found at various spots hints towards presence of a paleo channel (remnants of inactive river) and the initial study of water and sediments by a geologist hints that they are distinct from the locally available water and minerals.

It is widely believed by geologists that Saraswati used to flow from upper Himalayas and entered the plains near Adi Badri, located in the foothills of lower Shivalik mountain ranges.

Digging is being done as part of excavation work of Saraswati Revival Project that started at Rullaheri village on 21 April 2015. The project was started after the decision of Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to create a new water channel on the dry bed.

Earlier in 2006, a similar attempt towards identifying the River Saraswati route was undertaken under Project Saraswati by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). As part of it, ONGC had successfully drilled India’s deepest fresh-water well at a depth of about 500 metre below the ground-level near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

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