Kali River
Kali Nadi through Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh
Physical characteristics
SourceRajaji Range, Sivalik Hills
 • locationUttar Pradesh
MouthHindon River
 • location
Uttar Pradesh
Length150 km (93 mi)
Basin size750 km2 (290 sq mi)

The Kali River, commonly known as Kali Nadi,[1][2] originates in the Upper Sivaliks and passes through Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat districts, before merging with Hindon River (at Barnava, Baghpat), which goes on to merge with the Yamuna River (near Delhi), which itself goes to merge with the Ganga River, which finally merges with the Bay of Bengal. The total length of the river from its origin up to its confluence with the Hindon river is 150 km. The river is named after the Hindu goddess Kali.[3]

Pollution and ecology

The Kali River is polluted from both raw sewage and industrial discharges.[4][5] It is one of the rivers that is targeted for clean-up under the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA).[6]


  1. ^ Khan, Zahoor Ali (1987). "Kali Nadi: The History of a River". Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. 48: 741–749. ISSN 2249-1937. JSTOR 44141794.
  2. ^ Growse, Frederic S. (1884). "1. Bulandshahr". Bulandshahr: Or, Sketches of an Indian District: Social, Historical and Architectural. Benares: Medical Hall Press. pp. 1–2.
  3. ^ Hydrology and water resources of India By Sharad K. Jain, Pushpendra K. Agarwal, Vijay P. Singh,p. 349 Springer, The Netherlands. ISBN 1-4020-5179-4.
  4. ^ Pathak, Sugandha (August 2011). "No helping hand for Kali". Civil Society Online. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013.
  5. ^ Jain, Sharad K.; Pushpendra K. Agarwal; Vijay P. Singh (2007). "8. Ganga basin". Hydrology and water resources of India- Volume 57 of Water science and technology library - Tributaries of Yamuna river. Springer. pp. 349–350. ISBN 978-1-4020-5179-1.
  6. ^ "National Ganga River Basin Project, Design Review and Advisory Services Inception Report – Final" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2013.

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