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Task Force Constituted for Interlinking of Rivers
Apr 18, 2015

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers comprising experts and senior officials to look into the issues relating to Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) in the country. The Task Force would be chaired by B.N. Navalawala.

  • The Task Force will take up all issues for expediting the work on interlinking of rivers in the Country.

  • Apart from examining the existing links that are laid out as per the National Perspective Plan under both Himalayan and Peninsular components, the task force would also consider alternative plans in place of infeasible links in the present plan.

  • The Task Force would facilitate interlinking of intra-state and intra-basin Rivers also along with that of inter-state and inter-basin links.

  • The Task Force would recommend the time schedules for completion of feasibility studies and DPR’s of all the links.

  • It would also suggest implementation schedule of all the links.

  • The task force would also suggest on various means of funding mechanisms for the Interlinking of Rivers.

  • The Task Force would also provide guidance on norms of appraisal of individual projects in respect of economic viability, socio-economic, environmental impacts and preparation of resettlement plans.

  • It would also device suitable mechanisms for bringing about speedy consensus amongst the states and also would propose suitable organizational structure for implementing the Interlinking of Rivers.

  • The Task Force would also try to forge a consensus amongst the states in order to take forward the speedy implementation of the Interlinking of Rivers Program.

River Linking Projects in India

The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) formulated a National Perspective Plan (NPP) for Water Resources Development in 1980 envisaging inter-basin transfer of water from surplus basins to deficit basins/areas which comprises two components, namely, Himalayan Rivers Development Component and Peninsular Rivers Development Component.

  • National Water Development Agency (NWDA) was set up under the MoWR in 1982 for carrying out various technical studies to establish the feasibility of the proposals of NPP and to give concrete shape to it. NWDA has already identified 14 links under Himalayan Component and 16 links under Peninsular Rivers Component.

  • Five Peninsular links namely (i) Ken-Betwa, (ii) Parbati-Kalisindh-Chambal, (iii) Damanganga-Pinjal, (iv) Par-Tapi-Narmada & (v) Godavari (Polavaram)-Krishna (Vijayawada) have been identified as priority links for taking up their Detailed Project Reports (DPRs).

  • The water resources ministry is now planning to give a new thrust to the linking rivers across the country. All 30 inter-linking of rivers (ILRs) projects can be completed within seven to ten years, provided states agree.

  • The concept of the ILR had taken its first firm step during the Prime Ministership of Atal Behari Vajpayee in 2002. The government had in December, 2002 constituted a Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers under the chairmanship of Suresh Prabhu.  An expert group from IIM-Ahmedabad, set up by the Task Force, had subsequently in December 2006 submitted a report on Organizational Structure for Interlinking of Rivers.
 

 


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