Dehra Dun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court directive to the Centre asking it to implement the river interlinking project in a time-bound manner.
"The project would not only ensure the availability of water in areas facing shortage of water but also provide relief to people hit by floods every year," he told reporters here.
The Supreme Court had yesterday directed the Centre to implement the ambitious interlinking of rivers project in a time-bound manner and appointed a high-powered committee for its planning and implementation.
Khanduri said the then NDA government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee had conceptualised the project but the successive governments did not take interest which caused unnecessary delay in implementation of the project.
On the state Lokayukta bill pending with the Centre for its approval, he said the state government has already sent two reminders in this regard.
The Lokayukta bill passed by the state Assembly in November last includes provisions like protection of whistle blowers and rigorous punishment to corrupt in a time bound manner.
On the issue of large number of postal ballots returned undelivered in the January 30 Assembly elections in the state, the chief minister said a letter has been sent to the Election Commission in this regard.