New Delhi: The Centre may be facing
difficulties in implementing river interlinking projects
across states but several governments on Saturday favoured setting
up small intra-state river interlinking projects to balance
the availability of water in various areas.
At a meeting of the National Water Development Agency
(NWDA) here, several state governments said they were ready
to send proposals to the Centre to set up small river
interlinking projects within their states.
Sources said states including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka,
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand said they
would forward their proposals to the Centre for intra-state
Rajasthan is learnt to have already sent it proposal.
The proposals would be studied by the NWDA before taking
a decision on their feasibility.
Sources said the issue of river inter-linking also came
up for discussion.
Out of 30 possible links identified, five projects were
flagged as priority projects. Out of those five projects, the
Ken-Betwa DPR has been prepared. On others, talks are on
In one case, the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and
Gujarat signed the MoU for preparing the DPR in the presence
of the Prime Minister recently.
The recent Supreme Court judgments asking the Centre to
constitute a committee for inter-linking of rivers did not
figure in the meeting as the Ministry of Water Resources is
yet to take a considered view on it.