Key Facts about Painganga River

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Overview:

Protests were staged against a proposed dam project on the Painganga river in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra recently.

About Painganga River

  • The Painganga River (also known as the Penganga River) is the chief river of the Yavatmal district in Maharashtra state and flows along the south-east boundaries of the district in a winding, meandering course.
  • Origin: It originates in the Ajantha ranges in Aurangabad district in Maharashtra.
  • It is a major tributary of the Wardha River, the other major river in the district. The Wardha River flows into the Wain Ganga River to form the Pranhita River, which finally joins the Godavari River.
  • It is acutely deep-rooted and difficult to be navigated.
  • The total length of the river is 676 km.
  • Major Tributaries: Include the Adan, Kas, Arunavati, Kayadhu, and Pus Rivers.
  • The Penganga River gets flooded in the rainy and winter seasons and partially flooded in the summer.
  • It provides irrigation to the Washim and Yavatmal districts in Maharashtra.
  • There are two dams being constructed on the river, namely Upper Painganga and Lower Painganga. This dam is also known as Isapur Dam. 

Q1) Which are the main tributaries of Godavari River?

The principal tributaries of the river are the Pravara, the Purna, the Manjra, the Penganga, the Wardha,the Wainganga the Pranhita (combined flow of Wainganga, Penganga, Wardha), the Indravati, the Maner and the Sabri.

Source: Protest staged against proposed dam on Painganga river