KEN BETWA River Interlinking Project

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The Ken Betwa river interlinking project may yet see delays and a price escalation even as the two States involved, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, have reportedly resolved differences over the execution of the project.

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KEN BETWA PROJECT

The KBP, a two-part, ₹18,000-crore project, is the first river interlinking project and perceived by the government as a model plan for similar interstate river transfer missions.

The main feature of the project is a 230-km long canal and a series of barrages and dams connecting the Ken and Betwa rivers the key projects are Makodia and Daudhan Reservoir

Significance of Project

Ken-Betwa river interlinking project will irrigate India’s worst drought-affected and drought-prone Bundelkhand region.

It will irrigate 3.5 lakh hectares in Madhya Pradesh and 14,000 hectares of Uttar Pradesh, in Bundelkhand. It will benefit 5 districts of Madhya Pradesh (Chhatarpur, Raisen, Panna, Tikamgarh, and Vidisha) and 3 districts of Uttar Pradesh (Mahoba, Jhansi and Banda) by assured irrigation supply, domestic and industrial water supply and power.

On the other hand, about 20000 people in 38 villages will be affected due to the submergence by Daudhan reservoir and Makodia reservoir.

Environmental concern

Ken-Betwa river interlinking project will be the first river project that will be located within a tiger reserve.

It will submerge about 10% of the Panna Tiger Reserve located in Madhya Pradesh.

SOURCE – THE HINDU.