Study Tour: River Restoration in the
Somb-Thapana Catchment (Yamuna)

Explore river restoration and engage with communities along the Yamuna

River Yamuna, the largest tributary to River Ganga, is one of the most threatened river systems in the country. The river system faces over-abstraction of water and an increasing pollution load (municipal and industrial) being dumped throughout the river course. The river has no worthwhile perennial tributary along its most threatened stretch of around 600 km from Hathnikund (Haryana) to Etawah (Uttar Pradesh), where it is revived after meeting with Chambal.

Somb, a seasonal tributary of Yamuna, has a perennial stream called Thapana in the district of Yamunanagar (North-East Haryana). The stream Thapana is a small basin with limited length, and seen concerted conservation efforts and prepared catchment restoration plan for the Somb-Thapana system.  This has been possible due to Nadi Mitra Mandals (NMM) (friends of river) formed as part of the Thames-Ganga International RiverFoundation Twinning program for the development of river restoration techniques.

The Somb-Thapana catchment is an outstanding example of the influence of aquifers recharging a stream during low or no rainfall periods. It is also interesting how a smaller aquifer-fed stream(s) can feed a much bigger but seasonal river like Somb, and in turn, the river Yamuna.

The tour will be conducted by Yamuna Sewa Samiti members.

At a glance

Tour date: 15 September 2016 (day tour)

Departs: Taj Palace, New Delhi

Guests are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from the Taj Palace and ensure they have the required clearances for sensitive country participants.

Cost: $210 AUD


  • Travel by deluxe Volvo bus
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Tour guide
  • Activities outlined below

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Tour outline

Guide only—subject to change





7 AM

Hotel Taj Palace, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Assemble at the hotel for the tour

10 AM

Karnal Haveli


Stop for small break

12 PM

Hotel Sapphire

Stop for lunch

1 PM

Somb-Thapana Catchment, including Kanalsi Village for Somb River and Mandoli Village for Thapana River

Observe river restoration in the Somb-Thapana catchment

Interact with communities on their engagement and activities on the catchment

Meet Nadi Mitra Mandals (Friends of the River group)

 4 PM

Yamuna Nagar

 Depart from Yamuna Nagar
 9 PM (approx)  Hotel Taj Palace, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi Return to Taj Palace New Delhi

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