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Government Planning River Inter-linking to Meet Water Needs of Delhi & Mumbai
Jan 26, 2015

Looking to meet Mumbai's drinking water demand till 2060, the Centre and the Maharashtra and Gujarat governments have formally agreed to link Damanganga and Pinjal rivers through multi-purpose dams and tunnels.  Besides, the Centre has conceived a project to meet Delhi's needs by linking Sharda river on the India-Nepal border with the parched Yamuna near the Capital via Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

  • Besides augmenting water supply to meet the requirement of Mumbai, the Damanganga-Pinjal project will also benefit Gujarat as the state would be free to utilize spillover water from Bhugad and Khargihill dams.

  • The project, having three dams and two tunnels, is expected to be completed in seven years. It will divert surplus water of Damanganga river at Bhugad and Khargihill reservoirs to Pinjal reservoir in Vaitarna basin from where the combined water of Damanganga and Pinjal rivers will be further taken to Mumbai.

  • Damanganga-Pinjal river link project will take care of Mumbai's water need till 2060.

  • It will be the third project to be taken up for implementation by the government.

  • The Centre, in coordination with states concerned, has already taken up the Ken-Betwa river link project in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and the Par-Tapi-Narmada link in Gujarat.

  • These three are part of the total 30 Interlinking River projects.

  • The centre also has a plan to initiate a new link to bring surplus water from Sharda river on the India-Nepal border to the Yamuna. This will be the country's 31st Interlinking River project.

  • The project, once implemented, will provide drinking water to the Capital and will also help Yamuna have uninterrupted flow of water between Delhi and Agra and even beyond till the point the Chambal river joins it and gives it normal and uninterrupted flow.

  • Three new dams are proposed including one in Renuka in Uttarakhand for this new link.

  • Agreement signed with Nepal on Pancheshwar project will be an element for preparing the new link.

As far as actual implementation is concerned, only three Interlinking River projects have so far crossed hurdles as many proposals faced resistance from environmentalists and state governments. States opposed to these projects are Odisha, Kerala, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and couple of those in the northeast.

 


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