Kota, Rajasthan

The ancient name of the Chambal River was Chamanvati, meaning “the river on whose banks leather is dried”.

Kota is the third largest city in Rajasthan and the state’s industrial centre, producing energy, food and textiles.

The Chambal River is one of India’s cleanest rivers, providing habitats for rare animal species such as the Gangetic river dolphin.

Kota was established 800 years ago by a warrior who built a small fort as a stronghold along the Chambal River.

The Chambal River Valley Project was started in the 1950s to utilise the power of the water through dams.

Four kinds of energy production take place in Kota: thermal, nuclear, gas and hydroelectric, providing power for Rajasthan.

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