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Modi's Rs 5.5L cr river-linking project
Posted 07 Sep 2017 10:40 AM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious Rs 5.5 lakh crore Rivers Inter-link plan is a large-scale civil engineering project that aims to link rivers through a network of reservoirs and canals across India.
The mission of this programme is to ensure greater equity in the distribution of water by enhancing its availability in drought-prone and rainfed areas.
Why interlinking of rivers
PM Modi's project has plans to interlink more than 60 rivers across India, including the Ganges, aiming to reduce floods in some parts and water shortages in other parts of the country.
The idea behind this mammoth project is to deal with the problem of drought and floods afflicting different parts of the country at the same time. It also targets to decrease farmers’ dependency on uncertain monsoon rains and bringing millions of hectares of cultivatable land under irrigation.
The National Perspective Plan envisions about 150 million acre feet (MAF) or 185 billion cubic metres of water storage along with building inter-links.
These storages and the interlinks will add nearly 170 million acre feet of water for beneficial uses in India, enabling irrigation over an additional area of 35 million hectares, generation of 40,000 MW capacity hydro power, flood control and other benefits, says a Wikipedia page on ILR plan.
Water-surplus rivers will be dammed, and the flow will be diverted to rivers that could do with more water. In all, some 30 canals and 3,000 small and large reservoirs will be constructed with the potential to generate 34 gigawatts of hydroelectric power.
The canals, planned between 50 and 100 meters in width, will stretch some 15,000 kilometres.
How this project will work
The project is being managed by India's National Water Development Agency (NWDA), under the Union Ministry of Water Resources.
The Inter-link project has been split into three parts:
1. A northern Himalayan rivers inter-link component
2. A southern Peninsular component
3. An intrastate rivers linking component
The NWDA has studied and prepared reports on 14 inter-link projects for a Himalayan component, 16 inter-link projects for Peninsular component and 37 intrastate river linking projects.

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