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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Water Resources
 

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1210
ANSWERED ON DECEMBER 16, 2013 

QUESTION
Interlinking of Rivers

 

1210. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR: 

Will the Minister of WATER RESOURCES be pleased to state; 

(a)   the current status of interlinking of rivers; 

(b)   whether it is a fact that various projects for interlinking of rivers are running behind schedule; 

(c)    if so, the reasons therefor; 

(d)   the number of meetings held so far by the Committee set up as per the Supreme Court order, for implementation of interlinking of rivers; 

(e)   whether the Committee has conducted any study on feasibility of the project and environmental impact assessment; 

(f)     if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor; and 

(g)   the action taken by Government on various Detailed Project Reports submitted by other committees?

 

 

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF WATER RESOURCES
(SHRI HARISH RAWAT)

 

(a) The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) (erstwhile Ministry of Irrigation) formulated a National Perspective Plan (NPP) for Water Resources Development in 1980 envisaging inter- basin transfer of water from surplus basins to deficit basins/areas which comprises of two components, namely, Himalayan Rivers Development Component and Peninsular Rivers Development Component. NWDA was set up under the MoWR in 1982 for carrying out various technical studies to establish the feasibility of the proposals of NPP and to give concrete shape to it. NWDA has identified 30 links (16 under Peninsular Component & 14 under Himalayan Component for preparation of Feasibility Reports (FRs). Out of these, Feasibility Reports (FRs) of 14 links under Peninsular Component and FRs of 2 links (Indian portion) under Himalayan Component has been prepared. The present status State/U-Ts wise of links identified for preparation of feasibility reports is given at Annexure-I 

After completion of such feasibility reports, Five Peninsular links namely (i) Ken - Betwa, (ii) Parbati - Kalisindh - Chambal, (iii) Damanganga - Pinjal, (iv) Par - Tapi -Narmada & (v) Godavari (Polavaram) - Krishna (Vijayawada) have been identified as priority links for preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) on the basis of Task Force report. The present status of the preparation of DRP is given at Table-1 below: 

 

                                                                                  Table -1 

Status of various Detailed Project Reports for Inter Basin Water Transfer Links of NPP 

S. No

Name of the Link

Rivers

States concerned

Completion year

A

Proposals under National Perspective Plan

1

Ken-Betwa

Phase-I

Ken & Betwa

Uttar Pradesh,

Madhya Pradesh

DPR completed.

Declared as National

Project.

Ken-Betwa

Phase-II

- do -

- do -

2013

2

Par-Tapi- Narmada

Par, Tapi & Narmada

Gujarat &

Maharashtra

2014

3

Damanganga- Pinjal

Damanganga & Pinjal

Gujarat &

Maharashtra

2014

4

Polavaram- Vijayawada

Godavari & Krishna

Andhra Pradesh

Project taken up by Govt. of AP under AIBP funding

5

Parbati - Kalisindh-Chambal

Parbati, Kalisindh & Chambal

Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan

No date finalized.

 

 

 Intra-State Links identified by States from 2006 onwards

 To find out conceptual feasibility, certain States have entrusted preparation of Pre Feasibility/Feasibility reports of intra-state links to National Water Development Agency (NWDA) in November, 2006. So far, 36 proposals of intra-state links from 7 States viz. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu received by NWDA. Out of these, Pre-Feasibility Reports (PFRs) of 27 intra-state links have been completed by NWDA up to March 2013. Detailed status is given at Annexure-II. 

Preparation of Detailed Project Report of Intra State links proposed by States was included in the functions of National Water Development Agency in 2011. Status of Preparation of Detailed Project Reports of Intra-State Water Transfer Links in Consultation with State Governments are given below at Table-2 

                                                                                  Table-2 

S.No.

Name of link

Rivers

States concerned

Completion year

1

Burhi Gandak- None-Baya - Ganga link

Burhi Gandak &  Ganga

Bihar

2013

2

Kosi-Mechi Link

Kosi & Mechi

Bihar

2014

3

Wainganga (Gosik urd) – Nalganga (Puma Tapi) link

Wainganga & Purna Tapi

Maharashtra

2015

4

Ponnniyar-Palar link

Ponnniyar-Palar

Tamil Nadu

2015

 

 (b) & (c)           The implementation of Inter linking of Rivers (ILR) projects involves various steps such as preparation of Feasibility Reports (FRs) of links, negotiation and consensus among concerned States, agreement with neighboring countries if link involves area lying in those countries, preparation of DPRs of the projects, clearance from appraisal agencies which includes clearance by Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) and Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), techno-economic clearance by Technical Advisory Committee of Ministry of Water Resources and investment clearance by Planning Commission and issue of funds for the project. It may be seen that the only project for which the DPR has been prepared i.e. Ken-Betwa Phase-I, is yet to be given the environment and forest clearances. The Project can be taken up for execution only after all statutory clearances are given. 

(d)        Supreme Court while delivering judgment in respect of Writ Petition (CIVIL) No.512 of 2002 IN RE: NETWORKING OF RIVERS with Writ Petition (CIVIL) No. 668 of 2002, have directed the Union of India and particularly the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, to forthwith constitute a Committee to be called a ‘Special Committee for Inter-linking of Rivers' headed by the Union Minister for Water Resources and comprising of members from States and also representatives of other associated Union Ministries as well as experts nominated by them, including Amicus Curiae. Said committee has been framed. 

(e) & (f)           Does not arise in view of (d) above. 

(g)        No DPR on Inter Linking of Rivers projects by any committee has been submitted to Ministry of Water Resources.

 

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                                                                                                                                        ANNEXURE-I

 

REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1210 TO BE ANSWERED
ON 16.12.2013 IN RAJY A SABHA REGARDING INTERLINKING OF RIVERS
 

STATUS OF WATER TRANSFER LINKS IDENTIFIED FOR PREPARATION OF
FEASIBILITY REPORTS (FR) BY NWDA
 

 Present status of Inter Basin Water Transfer Links

 

Sl. No

Name

States Concerned

States benefited

Status

Peninsular Component

1

Mahanadi (Manibhadra) - Godavari (Dowlaiswaram) link

Orissa, Maharashtra, AP, Karnataka & Chhattisgarh

AP & Orissa

Feasibility Report

Completed

2

Godavari (Polavaram) –Krishna (Vijayawada) link #

Orissa, Maharashtra, AP, Karnataka & Chhattisgarh

AP

Feasibility Report

Completed

3

Godavari (lnchampalli) - Krishna (Nagarjunasagar) link

Orissa, Maharashtra, MP, AP, Karnataka & Chhattisgarh

- do -

Feasibility Report

Completed

4

Godavari (Inchampalli) - Krishna (Pulichintala) link

- do -

- do -

Feasibility Report

Completed

5

Krishna (Nagarjunasagar) - Pennar (Somasila) link

Maharashtra, AP & Karnataka

- do -

Feasibility Report

Completed

6

Krishna (Srisailam) – Pennar link

- do -

- do -

Feasibility Report

Completed

7

Krishna (Almatti) - Pennar link

- do -

AP & Karnataka

Feasibility Report

Completed

8

Pennar (Somasila) – Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link

AP, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Puducherry

AP, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry

Feasibility Report

Completed

 

9

Cauvery (Kattalai) – Vaigai Gundar link

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala &

Puducherry

Tamil Nadu

Feasibility Report

Completed

10

Parbati –Kalisindh – Chambal link #

MP, Rajasthan & UP  (UP requested to be Completed consulted during consensus building)

MP & Rajasthan

Feasibility Report

Completed

11

Damanganga- Pinjal link #

Maharashtra & Gujarat

Maharashtra (only water supply to Mumbai)

FR Completed

DPR under progress

12

Par-Tapi-Narmada link #

- do -

Gujarat

FR Completed

DPR under progress

 

13

Ken-Betwa link #

UP & MP

UP & MP

FR Completed

DPR Phase-I

Completed. DPR

Phase-II under

progress

14

Pamba - Achankovil – Vaippar link

Kerala & Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu

Feasibility Report

Completed

15

Bedti - Varda link

Maharashtra, AP&

Karnataka

Karnataka

Pre Feasibility Report

Completed

16

Netravati - Hemavati link

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala

Karnataka

Pre Feasibility Report

Completed

 

Himalayan Component

1

Kosi-Mechi link

Bihar, W.B & Nepal

Bihar

PFR Completed

2

Kosi-Ghaghra link

Bihar, U.P & Nepal

Bihar & U.P

S & I work taken up

3

Gandak-Ganga link

- do -

U.P

S & I work Completed

4

Ghaghra-Yamuna link

- do -

U.P

FR Completed (for Indian portion)

5

Sarda-Yamuna link

Bihar, U.P, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand & Nepal

U.P & Uttarakhand

FR Completed (for Indian portion)

6

Yamuna-Rajasthan link

UP, Gujarat, Haryana

& Rajasthan

Haryana

& Rajasthan

S & I work Completed

7

Rajasthan-Sabarmati link

- do -

Rajasthan & Gujarat

S & I work Completed

8

Chunar-Sone Barrage link

Bihar & U.P

Bihar & U.P

S & I work Completed

9

Sone Dam – Southern Tributaries of Ganga link

Bihar & Jharkhand

Bihar & Jharkhand

S & I work taken up

10

Manas-Sankosh-Tista- Ganga (M-S-T-G) link

Assam, W.B, Bihar & Bhutan

Assam, W.B & Bihar

S & I work taken up

11

Jogighopa-Tista-Farakka link (Alternative to M-S-T-G)

- do -

Assam, W.B & Bihar

S & I work taken up

 

12

Farakka-Sunderbans link

W.B

W.B

S & I work Completed

13

Ganga (Farakka) -Damodar- Subernarekha link

W.B, Orissa &  Jharkhand

W.B, Orissa &  Jharkhand

S & I work Completed

14

Subernarekha-Mahanadi link

W.B & Orissa

W.B & Orissa

S & I work Completed

 

 

FR - Feasibility Report
PFR - Pre feasibility Report
DPR - Detailed Project Report
S & I - Survey and Investigation
MCM – Million Cubic Meter

 

 

                                                                                                                                        ANNEXURE-II

 

REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PART (a) OF UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1210 TO BE ANSWERED
ON 16.12.2013 IN RAJYA SABHA REGARDING INTERLINKING OF RIVERS
 

Intra - State link proposals received from the State Governments 

S. No

Name of the Intra-State Link

Present Status / Target of Completion of PFR


Maharashtra

1

Wainganga (Goshikurd)- Nalganga (Purna Tapi)

[Wainganga- Western Vidarbha & Pranhita- Wardha

links merged and extended through Kanhan- Wardha link]

Completed

2

Wainganga- Manjra Valley

Completed (Not found feasible)

3

Upper Krishna- Bhima (system of Six links)

Completed

4

Upper Ghat- Godavari Valley (Daman ganga [Ekdare] -

Godavari Valley)

Completed

5

Upper Vaitarna- Godavari Valley

Completed

6

North Konkan - Godavari Valley

Completed

7

Koyna- Mumbai city

Completed

8

Sriram Sagar Project (Godavari)- Purna- Manjira

2013-14

9

Wainganga (Goshikurd)- Godavari (SRSP)

Withdrawn by Govt. of Maharashtra

10

Middle Konkan - Bhima Valley

2013-14

11

Koyna- Nira

Completed

12

Mulsi - Bhima

Completed

13

Savithri - Bhima

2013-14

14

Kolhapur- Sangli- Sangola

Completed

15

River linking projects of Tapi basin and Jalgaon District

2013-14

16

Nar- Par- Girna valley

Completed

17

Narmada- Tapi

2013-14

18

Khariagutta- Navatha Satpura foot hills

In Consultation with State

19

Kharia Ghuti Ghat- Tapi

In Consultation with State

20

Jigaon- Tapi- Godavari Valley

2013-14

 

Gujarat

21

Damanganga - Sabarmati - Chorwad

Completed

 

Orissa

22

Mahanadi- Brahmani

Completed

23

Mahanadi - Rushikulya (Barmul Project)

Completed

24

Vamsadhara- Rushikulya (Nandini Nalla project)

Completed

 

Jharkhand

25

South Koel - Subernarekha

Completed

26

Sankh - South Koel

Completed

27

Barkar- Damodar- Subernarekha

Completed

 

Bihar

28

Kosi - Mechi [entirely lie in India]

Completed

29

Barh - Nawada

Completed

30

Kohra - Chandravat (now Kohra-Lalbegi)

Completed

31

Burhi Gandak- None- Baya- Ganga

Completed

32

Bagmati [Belwadhar] - Burhi Gandak

Completed

33

Kosi- Ganga

Completed

 

Rajasthan

34

Mahi - Luni link

Completed

35

Wakal - Sabarmati - Sei - West Banas - Kameri link

Completed

 

Tamil Nadu

36

Ponnaiyar - Palar link

Completed