Mansarovar Or Gaumukh: Source Of Ganga?

Dehra Dun : It has been more or less generally perceived that Gaumukh is the source of the Ganga, but with some foreign scientists having stated that Mansarovar is the source of the river, union minister Uma Bharti has asked scientists of the Roorkee-based National Institute of Hydrology to do some research on the subject.

Kailash Mansarover
Kailash Mansarover

According to reports the union minister who was in the institute told the scientists present that there has been no controversy on Gaumukh being the source of the Ganga, but with some foreign scientists claiming that Mansarovar is the source of the river, there was need to do some serious thinking and research in the matter..

Directing the scientists that the matter of the source of the Ganga be taken up afresh, she said that it was a serious issue and work on it should be started as soon as possible for after all there should be some basis on which the foreign scientists had claimed that Mansarovar is the source of the river.

Uma Bharti said that as the National Institute of Hydrology was taking up various issues relating to the Ganga, it had been decided that a Centre for Ganga should also be opened at Roorkee, which will work under the supervision of the National Institute of Hydrology, adding that work on it had already started.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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