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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA Ministry of Water Resources
RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2772. TO BE ANSWERED ON 30.04.2012 Diversion of Netravati River2772. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of WATER RESOURCES be pleased to state:
(a) whether Government proposes to take up the diversion of west-flowing rivers, especially Netravati, to provide drinking water to drought hit districts;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether Government has received any proposal from Karnataka in this regard; and
(d) if so, the response of Government thereto?
ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE IN MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES & MINORITY AFFAIRS. (SHRI VINCENT H. PALA)
(a) & (b) Diversion of Water of west flowing Netravati river to east through NetravatiHemavati link has been proposed by National Water Development Agency (NWDA) and the report(PFR) of the link has been prepared. NetravatiHemawati link proposal as per PFR envisages diversion of surplus water from Netravati basin to water short Cauvery basin to irrigate an area of 33813 hectare under the command of Hemavati irrigation project in the drought prone Tumkur, Hassan and Mandya districts of Karnataka. No provision has been made for drinking water.NWDA has also proposed diversion of water of west flowing Par, Nar, Auranga, Ambika and Purna rivers through Par Tapi Narmada link, which envisages diversion of surplus water of these rivers to water short areas of Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat.
NWDA has also proposed diversion of west flowing Damanganga river to Pinjal river through Damnaganga-Pinjal link, which envisages diversion of water to augment M & I demand of Mumbai city.
(c) & (d) Government of Karnataka has not sent any proposal regarding diversion of Netravati river to Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India.