Interlinking rivers: Maha, Guj ink pact with Govt
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Last Updated: Monday, May 03, 2010, 22:21
  
New Delhi: Maharashtra and Gujarat on Monday inked pact with the Centre to prepare project reports to inter-link rivers to benefit Greater Mumbai and water deficit areas of north Gujarat.

The tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Chief Ministers of Maharashtra and Gujarat Ashok Chavan and Narendra Modi respectively, and Water Resources Minister P K Bansal in the presence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here this evening.

According to the pact, Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of Damanganga-Pinjal Link Project and Par?Tapi?Narmada Link Project will be prepared soon.

"The signing of this MoU is also a shining example of cooperation and mutual understanding between the riparian states in addressing water requirements," Singh said on the occasion.

Noting that increasing population, rapid urbanisation, onset of globalisation and accelerated industrialisation has resulted in manifold increase in the demand for water, the Prime Minister stressed on the need to develop the water resources in an integrated manner and adopting short and long term measures.

"Water resources projects including inter-basin transfer play an important role in mitigating imbalances of water availability and the likely adverse impacts of climate change," he said.

Singh said the project of inter-linking of rivers will bring immense benefits to the entire nation in terms of increased irrigation and consequent increase in the production of food and commercial crops.

The Damanganga-Pinjal link is expected to augment water supply to the Greater Mumbai region by transfer of surplus water of Damanganga basin at the proposed Bhugad and Khargihill dam sites to Pinjal reservoir, officials said.

The three reservoirs will be connected by the 16.5 km long Bhugad-Khargihill and 25.7 km long Khargihill?Pinjal tunnels for transfer of about 909 Million cubic meter of water annually. The Pinjal dam is across the river Pinjal in Vaitarna basin, which supplies water to Mumbai.

The Par-Tapi-Narmada link envisages the transfer of surplus water from west flowing rivers north of Damanganga upto Tapi to water deficit areas in North Gujarat.

The link project consists of seven proposed reservoirs on these rivers and a 395 km long link canal.

"The diverted water will be used to irrigate a total of 1.63 lakh hectares annually in the districts of Valsad, Navsari, Dang, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara besides the drought prone Saurashtra and Kutch region," they said.

Power houses proposed at the foot of the various dams will also generate hydropower to the tune of about 32.5 MW, they said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, May 03, 2010, 22:21


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