'Govt will ensure no loss to environ due to linking of rivers'

Amid apprehension from some environmentalists about the effects of inter-linking of rivers, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati said the government will ensure that there is no loss to the environment due to this project.

PTI| Updated: Jan 06, 2015, 21:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid apprehension from some environmentalists about the effects of inter-linking of rivers, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati said the government will ensure that there is no loss to the environment due to this project.

Inter-linking of rivers is being supervised by Supreme Court and hence no one should doubt the integrity of the Centre on this issue, she said presiding over the second meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-linking of Rivers.

Seeking co-operation of various states in this project of national importance, she said, states can discuss their apprehensions if any, in the next meeting of the committee.

Bharati said benefits of this project will be immense.

Referring to the apprehensions expressed by some environmentalists, the minister said that the government will ensure that there is no loss to the environment due to this project, according to an official statement.

The minister said she is taking keen interest in the project and will meet the concerned chief ministers.

She informed the meeting that tomorrow she will meet chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis to discuss Damanganga-Pinjal and Par-Tapi-Narmada link projects with him.

The Supreme Court had in 2012 directed for setting up a special Committee for inter-linking of rivers.

The first meeting of the Special Committee for Inter-Linking of Rivers was held on October 17 last year here.