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Canals, Aqueducts, and Super Passages (Jan. 10)

Early morning yoga class.

Early morning yoga class.

Today was an awesome day for those of us who focus on water resources and hydrology! It was our last day in Roorkee. We started the day with a 6 am yoga session that some fellow civil engineers from IIT Roorkee set up for us. I won’t name names, but some were better at it than others! After yoga, we had breakfast at the IIT Roorkee Hotel and got ready for our tour of the old and new Upper Ganges Canal.

The old Upper Ganges Canal is 175 years old and was used primarily for irrigation of farms in the region.

The Old Canal aqueduct over the Solani River.

The Old Canal aqueduct over the Solani River.

Because of some structural issues and major seepage losses in the canal aqueducts, a new canal was built to replace it. The old canal was built to discharge 6000 cfs, while the new canal has an average discharge of 10,500 cfs.

We started the tour with a stop at the Old Canal aqueduct over the Solani River. It was one of many incredible sites we saw. The old canal aqueduct was built with only bricks and mortar, since concrete and steel were unavailable in India at the time of construction.

From there we moved on to see the Andheri River and new Canal Group Jan 10canal super passage. This was by far the coolest stop on the tour! A super passage is when a canal flows under the river channel.

We continued to move upstream along the two canals, stopping at many interesting sites, until we got to the Bhimgoda Barrage in Haridwar. While we were there, nearly 100% of the Ganges River flow was being diverted to the canal through the barrage.

After dinner and a farewell to the friends we had made at IIT Roorkee, we boarded our train and headed back to Delhi.

Canal Jan 10

Last modified on June 20th, 2016
Posted on June 20th, 2016