Saraswati River – UPSC Prelims

Saraswati River:
  • Saraswati River is a mystical river mentioned in the Rig Veda and later Vedic and post-Vedic texts.
  • The river played an important role in the Vedic religion appearing in all but the fourth book of the Rigveda.
  • The river ran through Haryana, Rajasthan, and Gujarat’s northwestern region.
  • It also passed through Pakistan on its way to the Western Sea via the Rann of Kutch.
  • Why in News? In an attempt to revive the Saraswati river, the Haryana and Himachal Pradesh governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a dam  in Himachal Pradesh near the Adi Badri area of Haryana’s YamunaNagar district.
Advisory Committee on Saraswati River:
  • The Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) had first set up the Advisory Committee for the Study of the River Saraswati in 2017 for two years. The committee has now been reconstituted.
  • Purpose: To study the mythical Saraswati river and draw up a plan to identify its basin and define its path.
  • Chaired by: The committee is chaired by the Culture Minister.
  • Members: It includes officials from
    • The Ministry of Culture, Tourism, Water Resources, Environment and Forest, Housing and Urban Affairs;
    • Representatives of ISRO;
    • Governments officials of Gujarat, Haryana, and Rajasthan and
    • An ASI official.

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