Gangetic Floods: Landscape Transformation, Embankments, and Clay Brick-Making


The Gangetic basin, traditionally famous for huge crop production and rice farming, has witnessed gradual alteration in the land-use pattern over the last hundred years. Shifting of the Ganges riverbed and deterioration of both surface and ground water quality are now serious concerns in the Gangetic basin. In recent years, clay-brick-making units have arisen which use the fine silt deposited along the banks of the Ganges in Patna. The proliferation of these brick-making units has contributed to major landscape transformations in the region and the northward shift of the riverbed.