The Centre has declared the first inter-state interlinking of rivers, the Ken-Betwa link, involving Uttar Pradesh and Madhya PradeshCredit: Abhishek  Sapre
The Centre has declared the first inter-state interlinking of rivers, the Ken-Betwa link, involving Uttar Pradesh and Madhya PradeshCredit: Abhishek Sapre / Picture from Down to Earth

DOWN TO EARTH | SUSHMITA SENGUPTA | AUGUST 7 2015

The Centre is keen on interlinking rivers to ensure better flood and drought management and solve water crisis in the country. Interlinking involves the process of diverting surplus river water through a network of canals to relatively drier areas either within a state or among two or more states. Since the time it was rooted, the idea has generated a lot of debate due to its supposed negative environmental impacts. After declaring the first inter-state interlinking of rivers, the Ken-Betwa link, (involving Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh), the Centre is looking forward to announce more such projects. The topic has been raised in every meeting after the Narendra Modi government came to power last May organised by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. In April this year,…continue reading

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