The Jalangi River is an arm or distributary of the Ganges river that originates from Ganges or Padma near Bhagawangola in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The length of the river 233 km, and it discharges into Bhagirathi-Hooghly near Nabadwip in West Bengal.
Many famous cities named Krishnanagar, Tehatta, Mayapur, Nabadwip (The birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) are located on the banks of the river. The birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is one of the tourist attractions of West Bengal.
The actual age of the Jalangi stream is still unknown. It is believed that it comes into existence only before few hundred years, shown in Van den Brouck’s map. At first, it flowed towards the South-Easterly direction, and while with time, it changes its flow towards the South-Westerly direction. It is believed that the change in Jalangi River’s course occurred because of local subsidence before 1750.
In the present scenario, the river’s water is very much contaminated not because of any industrial sites but of the domestic and agricultural sites. Also, due to low rainfall, the water in the Jalangi River is much less and filled with algae, and many people still throw various pots, flowers and garlands in the river. That is why water is getting polluted easily. However, in monsoon time, when there flows a tremendous volume of water with extensive force, it washes away everything that comes on its way.
A few years back, the river’s water turned black for several days, and fishes started floating in the black water. Fish has started to die due to the toxic nature of water. Some reports suggest that the water of the Jalangi river has become toxic due to the rotting of Jute.
Location of Jalangi River
Physical Characteristics of the Jalangi River
|Source / Origin||Location: River Padma near Bhagawangola in Murshidabad |
Coordinates: 20°05′26″N 88°41′53″E
Location: Swarupganj, Nabadwip
Coordinates: 23°29′23″N 88°28′57″E
|Depth||Minimum: 0.82 m (0.00051 mi) at Jitpur Saguna |
Maximum: 7.74 m (0.00481 mi) at Sibpur-Hatishala
|Basin size||2,815.33 km2 (1,087.00 sq mi)|
Basin Features of the Jalangi River
Tributaries of Jalangi River
|Left Tributaries||Kesto-Raier Khal|
Life Cycle / Course of Jalangi River
The present Jalangi river, formerly known as Kharia, originates from River Padma near Bhagawangola in Murshidabad, flows past the towns of Palashipara, Tehatta, Krishnanagar in Nadia, and discharges at Bhagirathi near Swarupganj, Mayapur. The confluence of the Jalangi River and Bhagirathi River is known as the Hooghly River. Total length of Jalangi 233 km.
List of Bridges Over the Jalangi River
|Karimpur-Bakshipur road bridge||Karimpur-Domkal Road|
|Fazilnagar-Amtala road bridge||Fazilnagar-Amtala Road|
|Dwijendralal Setu||Palashipara-Tehatta Road|
|Dwijendra Setu||NH 12 at Krishnagar|
|Old Rail Bridge||Sealdah-Lalgola Railway at Krishnagar|
|New Rail Bridge||Sealdah-Lalgola Railway at Krishnagar|
FAQs on Jalangi River
Yes, the Jalangi River is a distributary of Padma river.
It originates from Padma river near Bhagawangola in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
The Jalangi river meets Bhagirathi River near Nabadwip which is the birth place of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Some cities built on the banks of the river are Krishnanagar, Tehatta, Mayapur etc.
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