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India's Supreme Court orders river links project to proceed

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Osiris, Feb 28, 2012.

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  1. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    India's Supreme Court has ordered the government to implement an ambitious project to link major rivers in the region "in a time-bound manner".

    The court also appointed a committee to plan and implement the project.

    The judges said the project had been long delayed, resulting in an increase in its cost.

    In 2002, the government announced plans to link major rivers in the region to reduce persistent water shortages in parts of India after a court order.

    The project was announced by then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who said the scheme will "free India from the curse of floods and droughts".

    He also set up a task force to get the project going.

    But the project has remained on paper for the last 10 years.
    Project opposed

    On Monday, the three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia, said the central and the state governments should participate for the "effective" implementation of the river-linking project "in a time-bound manner".

    It is not clear what timeframe the court envisions.

    "We direct the Union of India to forthwith constitute a committee for interlinking of rivers," the bench said, adding that "we direct the committee to implement the project".

    The project aims to link 30 major rivers and will involve diverting the Ganges and the Brahmaputra - two of India's biggest rivers.

    It requires the construction of large dams within India, Nepal and Bhutan, requiring international agreements with these countries.

    The project was opposed by India's neighbours and environmentalists.

    Bangladesh said diversion of water from these rivers would harm its interests - while environmentalists said the project would cause an ecological disaster.

    But India says it must enhance its irrigation potential to meet its demand for grain to feed an estimated population of 1.5 billion by 2050.

    The river-linking project was first devised in India in 1980 and has been under discussion ever since.

    BBC News - India's Supreme Court orders river links project to proceed
  2. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    this will be disastrous for our state Kerala ..i hope Govt will take good steps
  3. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Kerala repeats contention in project

    The federal issue involved in the proposed river interlinking project that has been delaying the project refuses to go away even after the Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to implement it in a time-bound manner.

    Hours after the Supreme Court’s direction in this respect to the Union government, Kerala water resources minister P.J. Joseph reiterated the state government’s contention to the proposed project.
    “Studies have proved that the proposed river interlinking project will go against the interests of Kerala. The state hopes that the Centre will consider the concerns of the state governments while implementing the project,” Mr Joseph said.
    One out of the total 30 river-interlinks proposed in the country, the Pamba-Achaan Kovil-Vaippar link in the Peninsular component was proposed in Kerala.
    However, the state apprehends loss of water to the state upon the implementation of the project.

    Kerala repeats contention in project | The Asian Age
  4. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    The National Water Development Agency (NWDA) has proposed 30 major river link canals throughout the country to transfer water from surplus basin to water deficit basin. The interlinking project comprises of two components Peninsular component and Himalayan component

    Peninsular Links

    Mahanadi (Manibhada), Godavari Dowlaiswarm

    Godavari (Inpampali) Krishna (Nagarjuna Sagar)

    Godavari (Inchampali low dam-Krishna Nagarjuna sagar tail pond)

    Godavari (Polavaram) Krishna-Vijaywara

    Krishna-(Almati) Pehner

    Krishna (Srisailam) Penner

    Krishna Nagarjuna sagar (Pennar Somasaila)

    Bensar (Somasaila) Cauveri Grand Ahicut

    Cauveri (Katalai) Vaigai-Gundar



    Par- Tapi-Narmada




    Pamba-Achankoyil- Vaipar

    Himalayan Links




    Ghaghara- Jamuna

    Sharda- Jamuna




    Sone Dam-Souther tributaries of Ganga


    Brahmputra-Ganga (GTF) (ALT)



  5. Star Wars

    Star Wars Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Can we make the supreme court into a govt. ? they have been doing a far better job !!!
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  6. tilopa

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  7. rocky.idf

    rocky.idf BANNED BANNED

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    1. This will dry up Brahmaputra - Ganges Delta. BD and several parts of India will be affected. Eventually this may cause an ecological disaster in the subcontinent.

    2. There are projects which should be considered in terms of topography, ecology and the peoples involved. It is wrong to look at these within political divisions. Looking at a project from the premises of a people who are benefited but overlooking those that will feel the pain is unwise.
  8. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Interlinking of rivers: PAVLP to cost Kerala dearly

    Kerala, especially the Central Travancore region, is likely to witness an environmental disaster and socio-economic crisis, in the event of implementing the proposed Pampa-Achenkovil-Vaipar Link Project (PAVLP) prepared by the National Water Development Agency (NWDA) as part of the Centrally-sponsored interlinking of rivers project.

    Disposing a case relating to networking of rivers on Monday, the Supreme Court of India has directed the Union Government to constitute a special committee for interlinking of rivers in the larger interests of national benefit and progress.


    The Pampa-Achenkovil-Vaipar Link Project estimated Rs 2,588 crores is one among the eight projects planned as part of the proposed interlinking programme.

    The State Government, environmentalists and the people have strongly opposed the project from the time of proposal itself, sensing the problems it posed to the State’s water needs and eco system.

    The PAVLP envisages diversion of 634 million cubic meters (mcm) of water from two Kerala rivers, Pampa and Achenkoil, for irrigation purpose in the water-deficit Vaipar basin in Tamil Nadu.

    Various socio-environmental organisations have opposed the project.

    The Pampa Parirakshana Samiti (PPS) that has been campaigning for the cause of river Pampa has strongly condemned the move, cautioning the Government of its disastrous impacts on the environment and eco system in the Central Travancore and Kuttanad regions.

    NWDA proposal

    The NWDA proposal was on the basis of a study conducted by it in the Pampa and Achenkovil river basins. The NWDA study states that the two Kerala rivers have got a total water surplus of 3,127 mcm after meeting the present and future needs of State.

    The report further says that a portion of this ‘surplus’ water, if diverted to Vaipar, can irrigate the drought-prone districts of Tirunelveli, Chidambaranar and Kamarajar in Tamil Nadu, besides generation of peaking power of 500 mw through a pumped storage scheme.

    The scheme also proposes a regulated release of 150 mcm water to Kerala during the lean period.

    The PPS general secretary, N.K. Sukumaran Nair, alleged that the NWDA study was totally unscientific and partisan.

    CWRDM findings

    He said a three-year detailed study conducted by the Kozhikode-based Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM) a decade ago had found that the Pampa and Achenkoil were water-deficit river basins. The CWRDM study states that there will be a deficit of 3,537 mcm and 459 mcm in the Pampa and Achenkoil respectively, ultimately rendering the NWDA a baseless one, alleges Mr Nair.

    According to Mr Nair, the condition of Pampa and Achenkovil has become more alarming now, with the drying up of the water sources in the scorching sun. The Pampa has become dry, exposing its rocky bed, in its upper reaches. The villages situated on either banks of the river have already been reeling under acute water scarcity.

    People fetching potable water on their head from far–off places and tanker lorries supplying water to the village folks in the Pampa and Achenkovil basins have become a common scene even before the onset of the summer in early February.

    There is a jocular local saying that “Kerala will witness its ruin only when its rivers start flowing eastwards’’ and this would become a reality once the PAVLP is implemented, says Mr Nair.

    Third largest river

    Pampa is the third largest river in the State with a catchment of 2,235 sq km and Achenkovil is another river that joins Pampa at Veeyapuram in Alappuzha district to empty out into the Vembanad lake. The Vembanad wetland system has been declared a Ramsar site in view of its rich aquatic ecology.

    Both the Pampa and Achenkovil have been regarded as the lifeline of Central Tranvancore as well as the Kuttanad region. Any diversion of water in these rivers would lead to an ecological and environmental disaster, says Dr Thomas P. Thomas, academic and environmentalist.

    The PPS general secretary said that the total annual utilizable yield of the 10 rivers draining out into the Vembanad wetland system was 12,582, as per the CWRDM study conducted in 1998. But, the water demand in these river basins for domestic use, irrigation, industrial purposes etc, was 22,268, he added.

    A decade-old CWRDM study showed that the Pampa and Achenkovil will have a deficit of 337 mcm and 459 mcm respectively by 2051. It further stated that not less than 4,745 mcm of water is required for flushing out the pollutants from the Vembnad wetlands.

    Experts were of the opinion that the pollution level of the water sources in Kuttanad was alarmingly high and reduction in the fresh water flow and subsequent changes in the hydro period would lead to irreparable damage to the wetland system itself.

    The water level in both the Pampa and Achenkovil has been depleting fast, leading to acute drought situation even on the river banks. A majority of wells situated on the river banks have already turned dry.

    It is also worth to mention that the Central Water Commission has identified salinity intrusion in Pampa even beyond Aranmula during summer.

    As many as 25 drinking water supply schemes in Pampa have become more or less defunct owing to the drastic depletion of water level even before the beginning of summer.

    The Hindu : States / Kerala : Interlinking of rivers: PAVLP to cost Kerala dearly
  9. DaRk KnIght

    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

    Apr 14, 2010
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    It will actually help BD from getting rid of annual floods.

    Everything will be taken care of.
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