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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
18-November-2015 17:14 IST
Ken-Betwa Link to be taken up on Mission Mode Says Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat

Seventh meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers Held

Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat has urged various stakeholders to take up Ken-Betwa river link project on mission mode so that work on the project could start by the beginning of next year. Chairing the Seventh meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers held in New Delhi today, the Minister assured that while taking up this project the interests of both the States of UP and MP will be fully protected. Prof. Jat informed the meeting that MP State wildlife board has given Environmental clearance to the project and recommended it to Ministry of Environment and Forests. He said the state wildlife board has forwarded the wildlife clearance of the project to National Board of wildlife with its recommendation for according wildlife clearance to the project. The Minister said that phase-I of the project will benefit the districts of Mahoba, Jhansi and Banda in UP and Chattarpur, Panna and Tikamgarh in MP. A total of more than six lakh 30 thousands hect. of land will be irrigated in these districts under phase-I of the project. He said as the Inter-linking of rivers is being supervised by Supreme Court and hence no one should doubt the integrity of centre on this issue.

The meeting was attended by the Water Resources/ Irrigation Ministers of UP and Maharashtra. Senior officials from the various States including Telengana, Karnataka and Rajasthan also attended the meeting.

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