Living Rivers, Dying Rivers – Indian International Centre Lecture Series         Living Waters: CauveryStuffed Rivers: Vri...
CauveryShe craved to serve humanity, but herhusband Sage Agasthya, did not wanther out of his sight.Turning her into sacre...
Celebrating life,         Revering CauveryKings bequeathed land along   her banks to attract the best   talent.Her waters ...
Cauverys watersCauverys flow is augmentedby her many tributaries:Kabini, Kapila, Hemavathy,Shimsha, Lokapavani,Arkavathy, ...
Cauvery Basin
Bengaluru Drainage Pattern
Greater Bangalore Watershed
Sacred origins of VrishabhavathiAn inscription on the 17thcentury Nandi in Bangalorementions the place as thesource of a r...
Birth place of Vrishabhavathi today
Kempabudhi tank that feeds     Vrishabhavathi
Revering Vrishabhavathis            splendour?Sri Vyasaraya of Channapattana,philosopher-saint and Rajguru ofthe Vijayanag...
Vrishabhavathis banks are heavily   urbanised and industrialised
Vrishabhavathi or     Vishabhavathi?Vrishabhavathi thatonce breathed life tothe region, is now atoxic river.Its putrefying...
Vrishabhavathi passes through Sewage          Treatment Plants
A costly clean-up that fails to deliver
Largely untreated waters of Vrishbhavathi entersByramangala tank which irrigates vegetable gardens,    orchards, paddies, ...
Byramangala Tank
Dark, Heavy, Toxic, Vishabhavathi!
A large bird population feed off the toxic waters
Vrishabhavathi Ground Water Averages from 30 Samples
Vrishabhavathi flows dark and toxic for miles and miles
Vrishabhavathi, joins Arkavathy, and    together they feed Cauvery
Growing migration    to citiesFarming distress, low yieldsand crop failures are causingmassive migration into cities.Pollu...
Arent cities overreaching their    environmental limitsA citys ambition is quiteindependent of its environmentallimits. Ca...
Bangalores sprawl at the cost of             water security12108                                     Column 16            ...
Lifting Cauvery to quench Bangalores         thirstCauvery water is supplied toBangalore from 100 kms. awayand lifted over...
1 crore live in Bangalore today
Bangalore Water Resources
Water Economics for Bangalore
Blore Water Supply Demand Conundrum
Cauvery: Perpetually in Dispute?
Can Kabini Sustain a Super Thermal         Power Station?3.9 TMC of Kabini waterallocated by Karnatakafor a slew of therma...
How much water in Kabini?
Canal Withdrawals from Kabini
Kabini Water Utilisation
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Stuffed rivers of Vrishabhavathi-Arkavathi from the Cauvery system_Leo Saldhana & Bhargavi Rao_2012

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The eighth lecture in the series titled "Living rivers, dying rivers" was delivered by Leo Saldanha and Bhargavi Rao of the Environmental Support Group (ESG). The lecture held on at the India International Centre, New Delhi January 28, 2012 highlighted the complex challenge faced by the much abused rivers of Karnataka because of anthropogenic threats like mining in catchments, dam construction and waste disposal into rivers.
The series coordinated by Prof. Ramaswamy R Iyer aimed at understanding what has been happening to rivers across India and in drawing appropriate lessons. A certain number of rivers, some sick or dying, some living and healthy, and some showing early signs of sickness, are being taken up for presentations and discussion, in the series and an attempt made to understand what has gone wrong in many cases, what has gone right in some, and what needs to be done to revive and restore dying or sick rivers.
A blog on the lecture can be viewed at the India Water Portal here - http://www.indiawaterportal.org/post/33646

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Stuffed rivers of Vrishabhavathi-Arkavathi from the Cauvery system_Leo Saldhana & Bhargavi Rao_2012

  1. 1. Living Rivers, Dying Rivers – Indian International Centre Lecture Series Living Waters: CauveryStuffed Rivers: Vrishabhavathi-Arkavathi Leo F.Saldanha and Bhargavi S.Rao Environment Support Group 1572, Sapthagiri, Outer Ring Road, Banashankari 2 nd Stage, Bangalore 560070 Tel: 91-80-26713559/60 Email: esg@esgindia.org Web: www.esgindia.org
  2. 2. CauveryShe craved to serve humanity, but herhusband Sage Agasthya, did not wanther out of his sight.Turning her into sacred waters, hecarried her everywhere he roamed, inhis Kamandala.Claustrophobic, unwilling to suffersuch bondage, Cauvery prays to beset free.Naughty Ganesha descends as a crowand gamefully knocks over theKamandala, spilling Cauvery.With boundles joy she flows to fulfillher desire to become the breath oflife.
  3. 3. Celebrating life, Revering CauveryKings bequeathed land along her banks to attract the best talent.Her waters fertilise fields and forests, a lifeline to millions.Revered everywhere she flows, exemplified by countless temple towns that are littered on her shores.Replete with life, memories and stories, a very River of Life.
  4. 4. Cauverys watersCauverys flow is augmentedby her many tributaries:Kabini, Kapila, Hemavathy,Shimsha, Lokapavani,Arkavathy, Bhavani andmany others.Each of these tributariesdraws waters from anintricate nework of tanks.Together they enhance riverflow that improves suppliesfor farming and urbansupply.
  5. 5. Cauvery Basin
  6. 6. Bengaluru Drainage Pattern
  7. 7. Greater Bangalore Watershed
  8. 8. Sacred origins of VrishabhavathiAn inscription on the 17thcentury Nandi in Bangalorementions the place as thesource of a river.Vrishabhavathi, (Vrishaba,Bull), it is claimed, flowsunderground for a whilebefore emerging as aproper rivulet.That flow now, hardlyresembles living waters .
  9. 9. Birth place of Vrishabhavathi today
  10. 10. Kempabudhi tank that feeds Vrishabhavathi
  11. 11. Revering Vrishabhavathis splendour?Sri Vyasaraya of Channapattana,philosopher-saint and Rajguru ofthe Vijayanagar Empire, wasenamoured by Vrishabhavathisgrandeur.In reverence, he established GaliAnjaneya temple in 1425, at theconvergence of Vrishabhavathiwith Suvarnamukhi south west ofBengaluru.Today, the river is full ofBangalores sewage, whichseasonally spills into the temple.
  12. 12. Vrishabhavathis banks are heavily urbanised and industrialised
  13. 13. Vrishabhavathi or Vishabhavathi?Vrishabhavathi thatonce breathed life tothe region, is now atoxic river.Its putrefying, dyingwaters carryingBangalores refuse feedArkavathy which soonafter joins Cauvery.
  14. 14. Vrishabhavathi passes through Sewage Treatment Plants
  15. 15. A costly clean-up that fails to deliver
  16. 16. Largely untreated waters of Vrishbhavathi entersByramangala tank which irrigates vegetable gardens, orchards, paddies, ragi and sugarcane fields
  17. 17. Byramangala Tank
  18. 18. Dark, Heavy, Toxic, Vishabhavathi!
  19. 19. A large bird population feed off the toxic waters
  20. 20. Vrishabhavathi Ground Water Averages from 30 Samples
  21. 21. Vrishabhavathi flows dark and toxic for miles and miles
  22. 22. Vrishabhavathi, joins Arkavathy, and together they feed Cauvery
  23. 23. Growing migration to citiesFarming distress, low yieldsand crop failures are causingmassive migration into cities.Pollution is making farmingincreasingly difficult in largeagrarian areas.Mega urban-industrialprojects are disrupting livesand livelihoods by thethousandsA river that nurtured people,now needs nurturing.
  24. 24. Arent cities overreaching their environmental limitsA citys ambition is quiteindependent of its environmentallimits. Can this growth besustained?
  25. 25. Bangalores sprawl at the cost of water security12108 Column 16 Column 2 Column 3420 Row 1 Row 2 Row 3 Row 4
  26. 26. Lifting Cauvery to quench Bangalores thirstCauvery water is supplied toBangalore from 100 kms. awayand lifted over 500 metreshead.This demands enormousinvestment of energy andinfrastructure.Cauvery waters meet needs ofhalf the citys populus. Restdepend on ground water
  27. 27. 1 crore live in Bangalore today
  28. 28. Bangalore Water Resources
  29. 29. Water Economics for Bangalore
  30. 30. Blore Water Supply Demand Conundrum
  31. 31. Cauvery: Perpetually in Dispute?
  32. 32. Can Kabini Sustain a Super Thermal Power Station?3.9 TMC of Kabini waterallocated by Karnatakafor a slew of thermalpower plants near Mysore
  33. 33. How much water in Kabini?
  34. 34. Canal Withdrawals from Kabini
  35. 35. Kabini Water Utilisation

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