New Delhi: With the Supreme Court refusing to review its verdict on interlinking of rivers, the Centre Wednesday said it has already initiated the process to set up a mechanism to complete the project but noted that bringing various states on board will be an "unwieldy task".
"We have already initiated the process to constitute a committee for interlinking of rivers based on the Supreme Court order (of February 27). We want to prioritise the five links identified earlier," Water Resources Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told a news agency here.
He said though he hoped that various states will come on board, it will be a "very unwieldy and a humongous task" for the government.
"For every project, we will face opposition and protests. I hope everybody comes on board," he said.
The apex court today dismissed the Centre`s plea seeking review of its direction to government to implement the ambitious interlinking of rivers project in a time-bound manner.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia refused to have a relook at its February 27 judgement directing the government to "forthwith" constitute a committee for interlinking of rivers.