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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
08-August-2016 15:45 IST
Inter-linking of rivers to cost rs. 5, 60,000 Crore

The inter-linking of rivers is considered to be essential for addressing the twin problems of water scarcity and flooding in the country. Interlinking of River (ILR) Programme has therefore, been taken up on a high priority. This Ministry has formulated a National Perspective Plan for water resources development envisaging interbasin transfer of water in the Country. The projects under the ILR Programme are at various stages of planning. NWDA has identified 30 links (16 under Peninsular Component & 14 under Himalayan Component) for preparation of Feasibility Reports. After survey and investigations feasibility Reports of 14 links under Peninsular Component and two links in the Himalayan components have been prepared. The DPRs of Ken-Betwa Phase I & II, Daman-Ganga-Pinjal, Par-Tapi-Narmada have been prepared and shared with the States.   Pre-Feasibility Reports of 36 Intra-State link proposals out of 46 proposals of Intra-State links have also been completed.

These DPRs are at various stages of approval.  The in-principle approval of the Standing Committee of the National Wild Life Board has been received for the Ken-Betwa link Project.  The Government is planning to start implementing this National Project as a model link project of ILR programme, which will benefit the drought prone areas of Bundel Khand region in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

            The projected cost of Inter-linking of Rivers as per National Perspective Plan (as per Task Force Report - Base year 2002) is as follows:


Peninsular  Component

Rs  1,85,000 Crores

Himalayan  Component

Rs  3,75,000 Crores

Total Cost

Rs  5,60,000 Crores





However, the total expenditure likely to be incurred on inter-linking of rivers can only be known after completion of all individual Detailed Project Reports. As per DPR, the estimated cost of Ken-Betwa Link Project Phase-I and Phase-II are about Rs. 18057.08 crores (2015-16 price level) and about Rs.2282.94 crores (2012-13 price level) respectively. The estimated cost of Damanganga-Pinjal Link Project is about Rs.3008 crores (2015-16 price level). The estimated cost of Par – Tapi – Narmada Link project is Rs. 9279 Crore (at 2014-15 price level). 


In order to speed up the implementation of Inter-Linking of River Programme and to arrive at a consensus on the link proposals between the States, a ‘Special Committee for Interlinking of Rivers’, has been constituted by this  Ministry in September, 2014. Ten meetings of the Special Committee for Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) have been held so far, wherein State Irrigation/ Water Resources Ministers along with the Secretaries of various States attended the meetings. The Committee after considering the views of all the stakeholders is taking all necessary steps for expediting the objectives of interlinking of rivers programme as per terms of reference of the Committee.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.