The Gomti River is a major tributary of the national river Ganga. It is a perennial and effluent river, originating from a lake called "Fulhar Jheel" in Madhotanda, India. The economy of the Gomti basin is predominantly dependent on agriculture, accounting for more than 75% of the area's employment. According to Hindu mythology, the river is the daughter of Sage Vashist, and bathing in the Gomti River on Ekadashi (the eleventh day of the Sanatana Dharma-Hindu calendar) can wash away one’s sins.
Dr. Venkatesh Dutta is a well-known river expert in India who has worked on river systems for more than a decade. He is widely recognized in the field for his commitment toward achieving water security in India. His work is regularly cited on national media and he is a popular guest on prime time television shows such as Zee News, IBN7, and News Nation. A former British Chevening Scholar and Fulbright Fellow, he is recognized as the ‘voice of rivers’ in the State and is a recognized name among the community.
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