Painganga River : Protest Against a Proposed Dam Project
Protests were staged against a proposed dam project on the Painganga river in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra recently.
- Painganga River is the chief river of the Yavatmal district in Maharashtra and flows along the south-east boundaries of the district in a winding, meandering course.
- 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 Riverto form the Pranhita River, which finally joins the Godavari River.
- It is acutely deep-rooted and difficult to navigate.
- 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.