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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
09-December-2010 14:13 IST
Use of Flood Water
Floods are a recurring feature, particularly in Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna basins. Inter Basin Water Transfer (IBWT) was envisaged as one of the most effective way to mitigate floods and drought, increase irrigation potential and reduce regional imbalance in the availability of water. The National Water Development Agency (NWDA) was assigned to undertake the study and prepare the requisite proposals in this regard. It has identified 30 links and completed Feasibility Reports of 14 inter-basin links under Peninsular Component and the 2 links under Himalayan Component.

After signing of a tripartite agreement between the Government of India and the concerned States of Madhya Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh on 25.08.2005, NWDA has completed Detailed Project Report (DPR) of Ken-Betwa link on 31.12.2008. Further, NWDA has taken up the preparation of DPRs of two more links namely, Par-Tapi-Narmada and Damanganga-Pinjal under Peninsular Component.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources, Shri Vincent H. Pala in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.