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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
27-April-2015 17:44 IST
Expert Committee on Inter Linking of Rivers

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a “Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers” vide Office Memorandum dated 13.04.2015, to look into issues relating to Inter linking of Rivers (ILR).

Earlier also, a Task Force on Interlinking of Rivers under the Chairmanship of Shri Suresh P. Prabhu, the then Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha was constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources on December 13, 2002. The Task Force submitted its report in April 2004, and was wound up with effect from 31.12.2004. Based on the recommendations of the Task Force, appropriate follow up action have been taken in respect of guidance on norms of appraisal, bringing about speedy consensus amongst the States and prioritization of links. Accordingly, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the party States were signed for preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Ken-Betwa link, Damanganga - Pinjal link and Par-Tapi-Narmada link. The DPR for Ken-Betwa Link and Damanganga - Pinjal links have been completed by National Water Development Agency (NWDA) and submitted to the party States.

In order to arrive at a consensus on various river-links for sharing of the surplus water and preparation of DPR by NWDA, the Government has constituted a Consensus Group headed by the Chairman, Central Water Commission and Secretaries of Irrigation/Water Resource Departments of the concerned States. In addition, the issues on the inter-State links are also regularly discussed during the meeting of Governing Body and Society of the NWDA.

The Special Committee for Interlinking of Rivers (ILR), chaired by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation frequently reviews the progress of these river link proposals in consultation with the stakeholders to expedite these projects. In order to address various issues concerning the Inter-Linking of River Programme and to arrive at consensus on the link proposals between the States, various Sub-Committees have also been constituted.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.