UPA dragging feet on river interlinking: Advani

BJP leader L K Advani today said the ambitious inter-linking of rivers projects was one of the three main achievements of the erstwhile NDA government.

Updated: May 29, 2012, 15:17 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP leader L K Advani today said the ambitious inter-linking of rivers projects was one of the three main achievements of the erstwhile NDA government, and rued that the UPA government is dragging its feet in the matter despite a Supreme Court order on the issue.

Referring to the judgement of the Supreme Court on February 27, 2012, Advani said the three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia had directed that the government to constitute a "Special Committee for Inter-linking of rivers".

"Three months have now elapsed since the Supreme Court delivered this judgement. And yet the Special Committee the Court had wanted to be constituted has not been set up", Advani said on his blog.

He further maintained that the Supreme Court appointed Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar, "who has been richly complimented by the Supreme Court for his contribution to the case", would heed the specific advice of the Court, and move a contempt petition against the UPA Government for its `default`.

Advani said inter-linking of rivers was one of the three main achievements of the Vajpayee government. The other two were establishing normalcy and peace with Pakistan, along with zero-tolerance towards cross-border terrorism, and laying a firm foundation for a network of highways and rural roads for the entire country.

"The NDA Government not only drew up an ambitious programme for interlinking of major rivers but spared a senior minister Suresh Prabhu to head a Task Force devoted exclusively to this work", Advani said.

PTI