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Inter-Linking of Rivers Project to Cost Rs. 5, 60,000 Crore
Aug 13, 2016

The inter-linking of rivers is considered to be essential for addressing the twin problems of water scarcity and flooding in the country. Interlinking of River (ILR) Programme has therefore, been taken up on a high priority.

The Government is pursuing the Interlinking of Rivers programme in a consultative manner. The implementation of Inter linking of Rivers (ILR) projects involves various negotiation and consensus among concerned States, preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of the projects, clearance from appraisal agencies.

  • A National Perspective Plan is working for water resources development envisaging inter-basin transfer of water in the Country.
  • The projects under the ILR Programme are at various stages of planning.
  • National Water Development Agency (NWDA) has identified 30 links (16 under Peninsular Component & 14 under Himalayan Component) for preparation of Feasibility Reports.
  • After survey and investigations feasibility Reports of 14 links under Peninsular Component and two links in the Himalayan components have been prepared.
  • TheDetailed Project Reports (DPRs) of Ken-Betwa Phase I & II, Daman-Ganga-Pinjal, Par-Tapi-Narmada have been prepared and shared with the States.
  • Pre-Feasibility Reports of 36 Intra-State link proposals out of 46 proposals of Intra-State links have also been completed. These DPRs are at various stages of approval.
  • The in-principle approval of the Standing Committee of the National Wild Life Board has been received for the Ken-Betwa link Project.
  • The Government is planning to start implementing this National Project as a model link project of ILR programme, which will benefit the drought prone areas of Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Projected Cost of Inter-linking of Rivers as per National Perspective Plan

Peninsular  Component: Rs  1,85,000 Crores
Himalayan  Component: Rs  3,75,000 Crores
Total Cost: Rs  5,60,000 Crores

However, the total expenditure likely to be incurred on inter-linking of rivers can only be known after completion of all individual Detailed Project Reports.

As per DPR, the estimated cost of Ken-Betwa Link Project Phase-I and Phase-II are about Rs. 18057.08 crores (2015-16 price level) and about Rs.2282.94 crores (2012-13 price level) respectively.

The estimated cost of Damanganga-Pinjal Link Project is about Rs.3008 crores (2015-16 price level). The estimated cost of Par-Tapi-Narmada Link project is Rs. 9279 Crore (at 2014-15 price level).

To speed up the implementation of Inter-Linking of River Programme and to arrive at a consensus on the link proposals between the States, a ‘Special Committee for Interlinking of Rivers’, has been constituted. The Committee after considering the views of all the stakeholders is taking all necessary steps for expediting the objectives of interlinking of rivers programme as per terms of reference of the Committee.


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