Q. K.S. Valdiya committee was sometime seen in news. The committee is formed to study which of the following?

[A] To study the floods in North-Eastern India and suggest measures.

[B] To study the impact of climate change in Agriculture.

[C] To study the Glacial Lake Outburst Floods in Himalayan Region.

[D] To study the paleochannels in North-West India.

Answer: D

The erstwhile Ministry of Water Resources had constituted a seven-member committee, headed by Professor K.S. Valdiya to understand the paleochannels in North-West India. The committee submitted its report in 2016. The major findings were

First, The banks of one of the misfit rivers, the Ghaggar-Hakra-Saraswati-Drishadvati, are associated with the multiplicity of paleochannels.

Second, evidence from paleochannels suggests that the mythological Saraswati River did indeed exist. River Saraswati originated from Adibadri in Himalaya to culminate in the Arabian Sea through the Runn of Kutch. It was approximately 4000 km in length.

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