In what is being claimed as the route of the “lost” Saraswati river is all set to be pumped with water by the Haryana government. According to an Indian Express report, preparations are being to release water into the “lost” river’s route by the end of this month. The water will be released from the Uncha Chandana village as early as July 30. The river’s route will cover districts of Kaithal, Yamunanagar and Kurukshetra. For now the expectation is that after the initial water release, monsoon rains will suffice to maintain the river flow.
Eventually, however, the plan is to build a dam at Adi Badri. This is considered to be the origin place of the Vedic era river. There is also a proposal to develop a botanical garden, a zoo and a recreational water park at Adi Badri. According to authorities, 69 institutes are involved in this project. “Talks are on to make a consortium with the Indian Institute of Technology. Six borewells will be made in Yamunanagar and two at Adi Badri and Mugalwali,” the report said. Digging along Yamunanagar’s dry river bed yielded water and that is what give the project this impetus. Also, some artifacts were also discovered, and this is said to have strengthened claims that an ancient civilisation existed along the river.