- Kangsabati River
name = Kangsabati River
image_caption = Kangsabati River near
country = India
state = West Bengal
city = Midnapore
landmark 2 =
discharge_location = Haldi River
source_location = Jhalda
source_region = Chota Nagpur Plateau
source_state = West Bengal
The Kangsabati River system (also variously known as the Kasai and Cossye, and not to be confused with the
Kasai Riverin Africa), rises from the Chota Nagpur plateauin the state of Jharkhand, Indiaand passes through the districts of Purulia, Bankuraand Paschim Medinipurin West Bengalbefore draining in the Bay of Bengal.
After rising near
Jhaldain the Chota Nagpur plateau in Purulia district, it passes by Khatraand Ranibandhin Bankura district, and then enters Paschim Medinipur in the Binpur area. It is joined by Bhairabbanki. At Keshpur the river splits into two. The northern branch flows through the Daspur area as Palarpai and joins the Rupnarayan River. The other branch f;ows in a south-easterly direction and on joining the Kaliaghai River forms the Haldi River, which flows in to the Hooghly Riverat Haldia. [Bandopadhyay, Dilip Kumar, "Bharater Nodi", p.68, Bharati Book Stall, 93 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kolkata 700 997] Mukutmanipur, Midnapore, and Kharagpurare towns on or near the banks of this river.
Kangsabati Projectwas started in 1956 as part of the Indian Second Five-year Plan to provide water to 3,484.77 km² of land in the districts of Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur, Bankura, and Hooghly. [ [http://www.dvlp.com/temp/water_irrigation/irrigation_sector/major/kangsabati.htm Irrigation & Waterways Dept - Irrigation Sector - Major Irrigation Projects - Kangasbati ] ] It involves irrigation land using water from the Kangsabati River, as well as the Shilabati and the Bhoirobbanki rivers.
As part of the Project, a 38 m high and 10,098 m long
damwas constructed at Khatra. A anicut dam built on the Kangsabati River near Midnaporein 1872 was also added to the operations of the project. [ [http://www.abasar.net/bk_main.asp?what=B00053 Bharatkosh ] ]
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