Cleanest Rivers In India

In the context of the Indian government launching a riverine cleanliness drive, let’s take a look at some of India’s cleanest rivers


For a country like India a tidy river can be considered a misnomer. However, Indian authorities, having understood the importance of river-health, had launched various cleanliness drives. These ongoing projects have fetched the desirable results, as per the reports of the Pollution Board. While we rejoice at that news, let’s take a look at some of its cleanest rivers.


Umngot River


Located 96 kilometres from the capital of Meghalaya, Shillong, in Dawki town, this pristine river is easily the cleanest one in India. It’s so because not only there aren’t any pollutants, the river mostly continuously flows through. The turquoise waters are as clear on the surface as they’re even at a depth of 15-20 feet! An annual boat race is a major attraction of this see-through beauty.


Chambal River


This legendary water body is the chief tributary of the Yamuna River and rises in the Vindhya Range in the west. Running length of 1,024 kms, it forms the boundary between Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. now considered as one of the cleanest river in India, it is a shining example of the State’s conservation project. Besides nurturing a large breed of population of mugger crocodile and gharials, this river claimed to be pollution free, hosts delicate species like gangetic river dolphins, freshwater turtles, and Indian skimmers.


Brahmaputra River


Variously known as, Luit, Dilao in Assam, Siang/Dihang River in Arunachal Pradesh and Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet, this 3848 km long trans-boundary river, is the lifeline of Assam. The river Ganga creates the world’s largest delta also is the widest river in Asia. 

Though more important for navigation rather than irrigation purposes, the ‘Mission Clean Brahmaputra’ initiative has nonetheless worked towards bettering the habitat quality of its aquatic animals, while providing greater benefits to its benefactors.


Teesta River, Sikkim


The fastest flowing river in India, this 315 km long river is the lifeline of the Sikkim state. Originating in the eastern Himalayas from the Tso Lhamo Lake, it flows to form a border between Sikkim and West Bengal, continues through Bangladesh and empties into the Bay of Bengal. For reasons not yet known, the colour of this clean river is green.


Narmada River


One of only three major rivers in peninsular India that runs from east to west, it is India’s third longest river. Its also India’s longest west flowing river.

Known as the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh, climate change had some adverse effects on the river but timely intervention from the authorities has now made it clean enough to be on this list.

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