Deltaic Activity of Bhagirathi-Hooghly River System

by Sunil K. Bhattacharya, Chf. Hydr. Engr.; Hydr. Study Dept., Calcutta Port Commissioners, Calcutta, India,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Pg. 69-87

Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system, in the Indo-Gangetic delta, is in a state of progressive deterioration. Geological evidence confirms the gradual shift in the river course of the Ganga, resulting in reduction in both quantum and duration of the upland discharge in the Bhagirathi-Hooghly. Due to the imbalance created between the tides and the upland discharge, this major river system in the delta in the West Bengal State, India, is fast silting up. Salinity is progressing inland. The Bhagirathi-Hooghly delta is turning destructive.

Subject Headings: River systems | Water discharge | High-rise buildings | Tides | Silt | Developing countries | Deterioration | Geology | India | Asia | West Bengal

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