Study says there is accelerated glacial melting in Ravi river basin in Himachal Pradesh


Exceedingly delicate moraine-dammed lakes, an expanding wonder in the Himalayas, expanded from 596 to 705 in barely two years in Himachal Pradesh, raising the phantom of chilly lake upheaval surges, cautions a state government study.

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The study, directed by the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, says there is quickened frigid liquefying in the Chenab, Ravi, Beas and Satluj waterway bowls in the state, bringing about the development of 109 new lakes somewhere around 2013 and 2015.

In the Satluj bowl alone, the quantity of chilly lakes expanded by 352 in the two-decade time frame from 1993 to 2013. Be that as it may, somewhere around 2013 and 2015, not at all like other three waterways bowls, the Satluj has recorded no new expansion of cold lake development.

The study said various such cold lake upheaval surges have happened in the Nepal Himalayas. In any case, no such case has been accounted for in India in this way.

The surges in Uttarakhand in 2013 have been associated with blasting of a lake.

"General observing of moraine-dammed lakes will turn away any future characteristic fiascos like chilly lake upheaval surges in the Himalayas," Kunal Satyarthi, Joint Member Secretary of the Council, told to a news agency.

He said the Council's Center on Climate Change has been completing studies in the state's Himalayas since 1993, which incorporates the observing of snow and ice sheets, keeping up stock of the icy masses, occasional snow spread mapping and checking of all moraine-dammed chilly lakes.

The Parchu lake, which begins from Tibet in China, is additionally being observed consistently amid removal period from April to September consistently.

The quantity of lakes in Chenab bowl has expanded to 192 in 2015 from 116 in 2013 – their number was just 55 in 2001.

In the Beas waterway bowl, there were 67 lakes in 2013, while in 2015 they have expanded to 89. Essentially, the Ravi bowl saw an expansion of 12 lakes amid this period.

In the Satluj bowl, out of 390 lakes, 42 lakes are spread more than 10 hectares each. This bowl has the greatest number of vast lakes contrasted with the three other stream bowls.

"The lakes with territory more than 10 hectares and range between 5-10 hectares can be seen as potential helpless destinations," Mr Satyarthi said.

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