Moving Upstream: Betwa

The Moving Upstream: Betwa program is a collaborative effort between Datameet‘s new Open Water Data and Veditum’s Moving Upstream projects. Our aim is to document everyday life and create data points to improve our understanding of the Betwa river ecosystem. We’re looking at use of water in different sectors, agriculture, people’s relationship with the river and cultural practices. The Betwa river basin with its unmatched cropping diversity, culture & an increased presence in environmental conversations is of interest to both organisations.

The Betwa River, a tributary of the Yamuna, takes shape North of Hoshangabad very close to the ancient Bhimbetka caves. It then cuts north through Madhya Pradesh and then veers east through Bundelkhand before joining the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh. The river provides water to Bhopal city and sustains a number of industries in the region. There have been multiple dams commissioned on this river since Independence, the first of which was built by the UP irrigation department. The river also passes through the medieval town of Orchha, which has various monuments and forts on its banks. In recent times this river has been of extra interest with increased pressure for the clearance of the Ken-Betwa river linking project. 

We’re currently looking for people to document the Betwa as part of this project. Click here fore more details on the Moving Upstream: Betwa application. For any further questions/queries, you can write to 

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