1. Devika River Project 
  2. INS Sandhayak 

Devika River Project 

  • in news, suggestions are welcomed on the Devika Project in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir.
  • It began in March 2019 under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), with an outlay of Rs. 190 crore.
  • Development Works Include
  • Bathing ghats on the banks of the Devika River, removal of encroachments, restoration of natural water bodies and development of catchment areas along side cremation ground.
  • Construction of three sewage treatment plants, sewerage network of 129.27 km, development of two cremation ghats, protection fencing and landscaping, small hydropower plants and three solar energy plants.

Significance: The project will reduce river pollution and improve water quality.

Devika River

  • It originates within the hills near the Sudh Mahadev temple in Udhampur and flows down towards the west and merges with the Ravi river.
  • It holds religious significance because it is revered by Hindus because the sister of the river Ganga.

INS Sandhayak 

  • Recently ,INS Sandhayak decommissioned 04 Jun 21 after serving the state for 40 years .
  • INS Sandhayak, the primary of its class indigenously designed and built Hydrographic Survey Ship of Indian Navy.
  • It was conceptualised by then Chief Hydrographer to the govt of India who had a robust desire for indigenously designed and built hydrographic survey vessels in India.  
  • The construction of the ship began at GRSE Kolkata (then Calcutta) by laying the keel in 1978.  
  • The ship was commissioned to the Indian Navy in 1981
  • The ship has conducted surveys in shallow coastal waters and in deep seas, besides serving as alma-mater for varied hydrographers of the Navy.
  • The ship, during her commissioned service, has undertaken approximately 200 major Hydrographic Surveys and various minor surveys in both East and West coasts of the country, the Andaman seas and therefore the neighbouring countries too.  

Significant operations :  

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  • Operation Pawan, assisting Indian peacekeeping forces in Sri Lanka in 1987.
  • Operation Rainbow, when India helped the Sri Lankan Government look for and rescue fishermen and boats lost stumped .  
  • It was also a part of humanitarian missions after the 2004 Tsunami and therefore the maiden Indo-U.S. Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise – ‘Tiger Triumph’.


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